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.

Tonight We Escape from New York, 1977

Collage, 151 x 118 x 5 cm.

©image: A4Avzw.

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. S0071).

"Ladder hanging from top to bottom of the Whitney Museum (rope ladder with metal rungs). The ladder forms a whole with the walls and landings - as if he has always been there - this is an escape route that we have forgotten, now it is here in front of our eyes. " - Vito Acconci

This two-dimensional work, framed behind glass, shows the concept of the installation at the Whitney Museum in New York with the same title. A drawing of a staircase in the cross section is made on black paper with white crayon. The right drawing shows the stairs of the four floors, the left drawing shows a rope ladder and four loudspeakers. We see on the black paper, also in white crayon, hand-written texts that describe the system as mentioned above. Furthermore, we see two pictures of a staircase with a rope ladder and a close-up of the rope ladder. Acconci creates an exhibition-context where there is 'officially' none. Not in the exhibition halls, but in the stairwell of the Whitney Museum in New York, he gives the audience a physical experience while one is moving up or down. During the stair climb, a voice, through the loudspeakers, says: YOU MADE IT: YOU'RE A NIGGER: HIGHER, HIGHER. Descending a voice says: WE MADE YOU: YOU'RE A BITCH, GET DOWN. The stairwell is "out of the way" but is simultaneously an in and exit. The political and social tension of the work remains an issue and raises many questions. The rope ladder highlights the fact that the staircase can be an escape route. Where would we escape from? Of a disaster such as a fire, a terrorist attack, the oppressive exhibition-context or the insulting words fired at the audience?

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> Vito Acconci.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: EXTRA MUROS: DE INTERNATIONALE - Museum of Affects. Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, 26 November 2011 - 29 January 2012.

> Exhibition: The collection XXXII – Personality Test + The Book Lovers. M HKA, Antwerpen, 07 December 2012 - 21 April 2013.

> Exhibition: The collection I – Fall 2002. M HKA, Antwerpen, 31 August 2002 - 10 November 2002.

> Exhibition: Collectie X: Aan de hand van Gagarin. MuHKA, Antwerp, 27 November 2004 - 24 April 2005.

> Exhibition: The collection I – Fall 2002. M HKA, Antwerpen, 31 August 2002 - 10 November 2002.

> Exhibition: The collection IV – Summer 2003. M HKA, Antwerpen, 31 May 2003 - 17 August 2003.

> Exhibition: The collection XX: Jubilee. Who's got the Big Picture?. MuHKA, Antwerpen, 29 June 2007 - 18 November 2007.

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

> Exhibition: De Verzameling II en een keuze van schenkingen en bruiklenen. MuHKA, Antwerpen, 30 June 1990 - 04 November 1990.

> Exhibition: The collection XIII – LUZ (intervention and composition by Carla Arocha) – Winter 2005-06. Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (M HKA), Antwerpen, 25 November 2005 - 12 November 2006.

> Exhibition: A NON-U-MENTAL HISTORY OF M HKA – Part 1: Foundation Gordon Matta-Clark. M HKA, Antwerp, 02 May 2021 - 29 August 2021.

> Ensemble: Stichting Gordon Matta-Clark.

> Ensemble: NUCLEUS.

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> Ensemble: Explode, Escape, Expose.