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.

Fitness, lichte oefeningen, 1995-2014

Print, 5 x (40 x 60) + (30 x 40) cm.

Collection: Courtesy David Claerbout.

The oeuvre of David Claerbout (b. 1969) consists mainly of video-, film- and photographic installations. He examines the borders between photography and film, between still and moving images, between animation and digital image manipulation. He brings for example vastly outsized black-and-white video installations to life through a subtle animation of certain small details. Or, conversely, he brings video projections to a sudden standstill with powerful impact.

This tension between momentum and inertia was apparent from the outset in his artistic production. For El Hotel Eléctrico, he reconstructs what he himself describes as his 'first' work as an independent artist. Claerbout did not preserve the original work, but he did preserve the original slides he worked from. Fitness, lichte oefeningen consists of a collage of six prints, reproductions of found photographs. In each image we see a person relaxing by exhaling as deeply as possible. Combining the various instructive photos with each other, viewers feel inclined also to assume this body-language and to add to the snapshot the movement that is missing from it. 'Life' is thus subconsciously breathed into the work, precisely through the act of conscious exhalation.

Claerbout continues the theme of relaxation in his recent video piece Travel (2013). Here the artist raises questions that relate with the way we perceive our surroundings, and how we make our way through the passage of time. As viewers, we become almost physically aware of time's eternal course.

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Exhibitions & Ensembles

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