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.

Couple, 2001

Video, 02:45 min.

Collection: Courtesy Michael Snow.

Couple (2002) is an autonomous digital video-installation and, equally, a fragment from Snow's own feature-length film Corpus Callosum (2002), an experimental film best described as a sort of conceptual slapstick. Here, it was not so much the actors' performances as the many corny visual effects, the 'digital trickery,' that provided for a flamboyant spectacle of bizarre collages and visual gags. The actors compliantly submit to all sorts of effects, mainly borrowed from animation films: often they find themselves being stretched, squashed or completely deformed.

In Couple, we have a glaringly dressed duo, that simultaneously tries to get through the same toilet door, and manages to do so seamlessly. By way of a gradual metamorphosis (digital morphing), the two bodies melt into a geometric block whose dimensions perfectly fit the door's opening. This process of amalgamation and transformation is also underscored by the film title: the corpus callosum is the bridge between the brain's left and right hemispheres. A connection that makes its visual impact by way of an intimate fusion.

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> Exhibition: El Hotel Eléctrico – Rooms available . M HKA, Antwerp, 21 February 2014 - 11 May 2014.