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.

Exhibition: IN SITU: Alexandre Estrela – Roda Lume

M HKA, Antwerp

30 January 2016 - 08 May 2016

Courtesy of the artist, photo Alexandre Estrela

Alexandre Estrela has been active as an advocate of experimental film and video for over a decade. Working at the intersection of moving image, sculpture and audio, his art interrogates the relationship between subject matter and imagery. Estrela plays with our sense of experience by using different anecdotal and artistic references. Utilising his technical expertise, Estrela’s practice can be described as speculations into perception theory, while his technical expertise lets him operate within the parameters of how we see, hear and relate to objects. Each work is a brand new investigation, that when displayed as a group of works, forms a unique body of non-empirical experiments.

For his solo exhibition titled Roda Lume (Portuguese for "Wheel of Fire", “Circle of Light” or “Spin Flame”), Estrela brings together a key selection of recent works, along with a new work produced for this exhibition. The title of the exhibition is derived from the groundbreaking video poem Roda Lume by E.M. de Melo e Castro, which first aired on Portuguese television in 1969. Together these artworks form a test site environment. The works all relate in various ways to the idea of, and the impossible search for perpetual motion. Whether planetary or human-induced, movement or rotation is the common leitmotif in both imagery and his use of technical apparatus. Estrela describes his works as “perception engines” – objects set in motion by perceiving them. Within this workshop for the senses, images resonate through sound, audio is used to map space and sounds are occasionally translated into movement, all resembling forms of artistic synaesthesia.

Alexandre Estrela lives and works in Lisbon. Recent solo exhibitions include Pockets of Silence at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2015-16), Vida y Costumbres de Alexander at Galeria Pedro Alfacinha, Lisbon (2015), and Meio Concreto at the Serralves Museum, Porto (2013). He organises an active series of screenings for experimental film at his non-profit space called Oporto.

You can find more information about the previous IN SITU exhibition (Otobong Nkaga - Bruises and Lustre) here.

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>Alexandre Estrela, Moondog, 2010

>View of the exhibition

> Ernesto de Melo e Castro, Roda Lume, 1968. Video.

> Alexandre Estrela, Sistema solar, 2007. Video, video, projector, metal screen, 60,2 x 80 x 10 cm.

> Alexandre Estrela, Moondog, 2010. Video, slides, metal screen, ektapro kodak, arion mirage, media player, slide projector, 82 x 54 x 58,5 cm.

> Alexandre Estrela, O som no ar, 2010. Video, plexiglass, paper, hd projector, media player, 104 x 141 x 24 cm.

> Alexandre Estrela, Antípodas, 2011. Video, copper tubes, nylon screen, metal stands, media players, 100 x 75 cm.

> Alexandre Estrela, Lazy Susan, 2016. Installation, wooden screen, projector, media player.

> Alexandre Estrela, The Ultimate Relaxing Experience. Audio and visual equipment.