M HKA gaat digitaal

Met M HKA Ensembles zetten we onze eerste échte stappen in het digitale landschap. Ons doel is met behulp van nieuwe media de kunstwerken nog beter te kaderen dan we tot nu toe hebben kunnen doen.

We geven momenteel prioriteit aan smartphones en tablets, m.a.w. de in-museum-ervaring. Maar we zijn evenzeer hard aan het werk aan een veelzijdige desktop-versie. Tot het zover is vind je hier deze tussenversie.

M HKA goes digital

Embracing the possibilities of new media, M HKA is making a particular effort to share its knowledge and give art the framework it deserves.

We are currently focusing on the experience in the museum with this application for smartphones and tablets. In the future this will also lead to a versatile desktop version, which is now still in its construction phase.

The Nam, 1997

Book, 27.9 x 20.9 cm, 1000 p, language: English, publisher: London : Frith Street Books, ISBN: 0951495313.

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2025/642).

Literary synopsis

The Nam has been described as unreadable. The Nam is a 1000 page, all text, flick book. It is a compilation of total descriptions of six well known Vietnam films: Full Metal Jacket, The Deer Hunter, Apocalypse Now!, Born on the Fourth of July, Hamburger Hill and Platoon. The films apparently never begin or end, but are described in their entirety, spliced together to make a gutting 11-hour supermovie. Banner describes the films as if she is there, not influencing the plot, but always on set running alongside the action. The Nam is a constantly present, seamless account of the films. You might say that this book is the ultimate unedited text, a world in which nothing is prioritised, but everything. As you begin to know, you only see what you see. '.....read at a stretch, Banner's simple, clear prose is hypnotic, and as exhausting as sitting through a Vietnam all-nighter. The text cascades in front of our eyes, melding and merging, and we read Banner's commentary as she's watching...'

- Adrian Searle, Visual Arts, The Guardian, 22 April 1997.

Relation of the novel to the artist’s practice

The novel is central Fiona Banner’s practice. In 1997 she founded The Vanity Press, through which she publishes her own works including The Nam (1997), All The World's Fighter Planes (2004 / 2006), The Bastard Word (2007) and ISBN 978-1-907118-99-9 (2010).

Novel's website

Authorship: Artist Author.

Creative Strategy: Novel Art Object, Rewriting Film.

Genre: Drama.

Publishing: Public Institution, Publishing House, Self-Publishing.

Theme: War.

Add to your list


>Front cover of "The Nam" (Picture from the website of Fiona Banner)

>Arsewoman in Wonderland, Act 1 (2001) detail

>Arsewoman in Wonderland, Act 1 (2001)

>Trance (1997). Talking book, 20 hours, 22 audio tapes, drawing & plastic tape box. Trance is the audio version of The Nam and was played at Printed Matter during their summer show in 2012.


> Fiona Banner.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: Book Lovers 4.0 (Pop-up Bookstore). De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam, 28 January 2014 - 02 February 2014.

> Exhibition: The Preparation of the Novel (Book Lovers 5.0). Fabra i Coats - Centre d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, 18 July 2014 - 05 September 2014.

> Ensemble: The Artist's Novel.