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.

Tentoonstelling: Unrest of Form. Imagining the Political Subject

Secession, Vienna

11 May 2013 - 16 July 2013

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How can the art of today foster resistance against economic structures in which it participates itself? Behind the facades of spaces conceived as areas of freedom, hasn’t the power of radical subjectivity and poetry, of the difficult and fractious that evades easy usability, of that which denies itself to consumption, long been absorbed and defused? Isn’t the project of a political aesthetic that extends beyond the type of activism guzzled up by the media something we must now view as being truncated and sidelined? And finally, can this “historical aporia” (as it might justifiably be designated) be heightened to such an extent that artistic blueprints of political subjectivity can also unfold anew in response?

Questions such as these form the point of departure for the project Unrest of Form. The route traced out here seeks to open up a space conceived as a realm of aesthetic action, made manifest in acts of subjectification and linguistic interventions, and disrupting pre-determined identities, positioning and visibilities.

This emerges, for example, in the complex web of interactions between the fine arts, performance and theatre. This is a field where myriad new forms of co-operation emerged whenever the aesthetic and the political embraced the same agenda, such as in the 1920s or 1960s. It is this new interrelationship of image and speech, currently again pursued by numerous artists of both genres, that is centrally explored in Unrest of Form. Figures of the voice as a medium of political articulation – oration, defense and prosecution pleadings in court, stylised stage speech, conversation or the proclamation of a dubious legal act, slogans, debate and media controversy stand alongside self-encrypting sculptural positions.

The resistance of art, it seems to us, lies in the way in which it nurtures this tension and does not transition into politics. For isn’t it often precisely that dimension of blurring, the way in which compressed formalised meanings and structures are rendered fluid, that reveals the interrelationship between aesthetic work, between art and politics?

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Jimmi durham ohne titel untitled %28armadillo%29 1991 photo oliver ottenschlaeger secession 2013

>'Untitled (Armadillo)' in Secession, Wenen

Unruhe der form unrest of form installationsansicht installation view01 secession 2013 photo oliver ottenschlaeger

>Zaalzicht met 'Untitled (Armadillo)' (vooraan)


> Jimmie Durham, Untitled (Armadillo), 1991. Sculpture, cast head, beads, paint, wood, photograph, 125 x 60 x 23 cm.