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.

Ink on Paper, 2012

Print, 7 x (210 x 140 x 2.5 cm).

©Lars Morell

Collection: Courtesy Lars Morell.

For this exhibition he aligns a strange shape draped beneath a black cloth with the faded reverse side of posters. We see reproductions of historical graphic works from the end of the 19th- and beginning of the 20th century, yet barely visible. The posters advertise shows by illusionists of the period. One typical example, refers to Harry Houdini's trick of escaping from a straightjacket. With the bronze sculpture Silent Codes, visitors seemingly find themselves in the middle of this sort of spectacle.

With the overarching title Porta’s Description, Morrell brings two types of works together that both hark back to an essay by the Italian polymath Giambattista della Porta, entitled: "How to see, in a room, things that are not there." This essay from 1558 appears in the volume Magia naturalis sive de miraculis rerum naturalium, a wide-ranging collection of scientific curiosities and their applications. Among these is a description of the use of a lens in a camera obscura and the heat-effect of light rays, and it delves as well into the use of disappearing ink. In this same essay, della Porta more specifically details how by means of optical illusions (with smoke and mirrors), silhouettes can be made to appear and then disappear again.

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> Lars Morell.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

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

> Ensemble: Kamer 2 [Room 2].

Related Items

>Lars Morell, Silent Codes, 2012.Sculpture, bronze, 140 x 110 x 160 cm.