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.

Ruurlo, Bocurloscheweg (1910), 1997

Installation, 300 x 400 cm.

©image: M HKA

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. BK7026_M187).

David Claerbout’s point of departure for his video installation Ruurlo Bocurloscheweg, 1910, is an old Dutch picture-postcard. At first sight the art work consists purely of an enlarged projection of this documentary photograph. The typical piece of Dutch landscape is reminiscent of paintings by Dutch Masters of the 18th- and 19th century. The ‘frozen’ moment of the photo, though, is breached: the leaves on the big oak in the foreground gently shimmer back-and-forth in the wind. Claerbout ‘splices’ a video recording of the swaying crown of the still-existing tree onto the original snapshot image. In this way the artist undermines the boundaries between the static and the dynamic image, between documentary and simulation. He likes to have the viewer doubt the authenticity of what he’s looking at. The difference between ‘genuine, realistic’ images and manipulated ones becomes ever-smaller and less apparent. Moreover, Claerbout wants viewers to reflect upon their perception of time, to think about the way we perceive things and how we remember events. Events from the past are over, but they still remain as remembered images. The artist brings these images to life and so makes visual feelings of loss and the rediscovery of times lost possible. Claerbout lets the viewer cast a glance at what was ‘gone for good’.

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>Ruurlo, Bocurloscheweg (1910)

>Installation view


> David Claerbout.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: The collection XXXIII – The Collection as a Character. M HKA, Antwerpen, 07 June 2013 - 22 September 2013.

> Exhibition: Lenin was a Mushroom - Moving Images in the 1990s. M HKA, Antwerpen, 03 June 2022 - 21 August 2022.

> Exhibition: EXTRA MUROS: Cultuurstraten 2009. M HKA, Groenzone Van Leenstraat, Borgerhout, Antwerpen, 29 August 2009 - 12 September 2009.

> Ensemble: Collectie Vlaamse Gemeenschap.

> Ensemble: NUCLEUS.

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> Ensemble: Still Moving Images.