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.

Reading Back, 2013

Object, 70 x 55 x 60 cm.

©image: M HKA

Collection: Courtesy Julien Maire.

Julien Maire (b. 1969) operates on the interface of installation, performance and media art. For years he has been busy with re-activating old imaging techniques with the aid of modern technology. By mixing technologies of past and present, Maire does not merely present objects of melancholy, he re-activates them. In El Hotel Eléctrico he confronts us with the notion of duration and reading time. Three automatic 'reading machines' are set up and quite mechanically and indifferently leaf through three books. The reading process appears to lead its own life here. The viewer must submit to the rhythm of the machine, just like a film projector or DVD-player reads an image and requires us to follow.

In each of his works, Maire plays with the conventions that surround a medium as well as with viewers' patterns of expectation. Quite methodically, he reminds us to always take a second look. In the performance To Sublimate, presented at the opening evening of El Hotel Eléctrico, he translates the typically photographic concept of the ‘blurred’ (out of focus) image into a three-dimensional object.

Through his manipulations, Maire triggers questions concerning the features and attributes of an image and in a wider sense of visual strategies in the digital age. He opposes the notion that technology necessarily equals progress, while at the same time remaining fascinated by this ongoing evolution. With his work, Julien Maire paradoxically enters into dialogue with media archaeology via the design of new technological devices and absurd prototypes that deliver ungraspable results, never destined to become items of mass-production.

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> Julien Maire.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

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

> Ensemble: Kamer 4 [Room 4].