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.

Chantoir, 1996

Sculpture, 130 x 80 x 200 cm.

©image: M HKA

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. BK6989).

A larger version of this scale model of a piece of street furniture, here conceived as an autonomous sculpture, once served as a pulpit at the foot of St Bavo’s Cathedral in Ghent. It was an invitation to passers-by to say their piece freely and without constraint. The design of Chantoir is very literally halfway between a chair and a podium. Wood, a natural material, and the colour black are characteristic elements in Thierry De Cordier’s work. But the express invitation to communicate seems somewhat suspicious for a work by this Belgian artist-philosopher, because, in his sculptures, drawings and silent performances it is precisely the desire for ‘true’ communication that he suggests we are incapable of, something we lack. This is founded on a disbelief in the workings of our present society. As De Cordier himself put it: ‘Contemporary culture has been completely uprooted, it builds Towers of Babel’. This double meaning is revealed in the title, Chantoir. A ‘chantoir’ (small cavern) is a geographical phenomenon that occurs in Belgium’s karst areas. When limestone is dissolved by water it creates fissures and swallow holes. The speaker, who ‘dissolves’ in this Chantoir, represents man’s internal divisions, on the one hand wanting to change the world, and on the other realising that this endeavour remains unachievable.

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> Thierry De Cordier.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: Urgent Conversations: Antwerp – Athens, Part II: Interpersonal Space / Beyond Knowledge. M HKA, Antwerp, 01 July 2017 - 03 September 2017.

> Ensemble: Collectie Vlaamse Gemeenschap.

> Ensemble: NUCLEUS.