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.

Magnetische schoenen [Magnetic Shoes], 1966-1967

Object, 34 x 28.5 x 23 cm.

Collection: Courtesy The Deweer Collection, Otegem (Inv. no. WV2).

The Magnetic Shoes represent a key work from Panamarenko's early period.  They were requisites for a happening that took place at the KVS theatre in Brussels in 1967.  Later that year, the happening was repeated on the Flemish television program 'Echo'.  The shoes themselves - according to Panamarenko they were military boots from the former East Block - came from his mother's shoe store ('Goliatje') in Antwerp's Offerandestraat.

Those shoes were really strong: mock-leather on the outside, and with wooden plugs on the sole!  Something indicative of those old Iron Curtain techniques...

In those days Panamarenko would frequent the 'Stock Americain' (army surplus store), where on sale was all manner of American military gear at cheap prices.  He purchased a number of electric motors there, took them apart, and removed the copper stator coils.  He would weld the coils' magnets to a rod and then trapped an electrical charge.  The result was amazing!  If you then touched a piece of metal to it, you couldn’t get it off no matter how hard you pulled!  In a green rucksack (where military personnel would keep their walkie-talkies) are the lead batteries to provide the current.  By alternatingly turning the current in the magnets on and off, I could hang upside down from a ceiling and walk around.  I thought: well, that's a start... a little bit like flying...

(source: Hans Willemse and Paul Morrens, in: 'Copyright Panamarenko', 2005)

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Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: Panamarenko – An overview 1965-1985. MuHKA, Antwerpen, 17 June 1989 - 23 July 1989.

> Exhibition: Panamarenko Universum. M HKA, Antwerpen, 03 October 2014 - 29 March 2015.

> Ensemble: Happenings & Collages.

> Ensemble: Silent Objects.

Related Items

> Panamarenko, Echo – Antwerpen. Wide White Space Gallery, 1967.Film, 00:01:50.

> Panamarenko, Transportkist Magnetische Schoenen, 1966.Object, 33.5 x 63 x 51 cm.

> Panamarenko, Panamarenko, 1984.Poster, ink, paper, 49 x 59.5 cm.

> Panamarenko, Panamarenko, een overzicht 1965 - 1985, 1989.Poster, ink, paper, 60 x 30 cm and 83.5 x 59 cm.