M HKA gaat digitaal

Met M HKA Ensembles zetten we onze eerste ├ęchte 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.

Ensemble: The Ephemeral

Despite the use of multiple artistic techniques and disciplines, the ephemeral is omnipresent in the oeuvre of James Lee Byars. His performances give evidence to a great preference for short and fleeting practices.The Perfect Kiss is a striking example of such a minimal and short-lived action. The performance shows James Lee Byars dressed in black, forming a kiss with a subtle gesture of his lips, after which he quietly leaves the room. His letters, which must be considered as autonomous works of art, testify of a strong predilection for fragile materials. His sculptures and installations also quite literally refer to death in their title, for instance The Figure of Death (1986). He was fascinated by death so much, that in 1994 he even "staged" his own death in the installation/performance The Death of James Lee Byars. A remarkable illustration from our own local history is the performance The Perfect Place (is on Top of Your Head). This very short action in front of a select group of guests, showed Byars placing a white orchid on the head of Lieve De Deyne, I.C.C. director Flor Bex' wife.

The 17 minute film The 100 Images Are In One Second is a precious document that provides us with a unique, contemporary insight in Byars' fleeting "actions". However, completely in line with his preference for the ephemeral, Byars' initial plan was to make a one second film with these images, hence the title The 100 Images Are In One Second.

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>James Lee Byars, The Perfect Place ( is on Top of Your Head) , 1976.Performance.