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.

The Black Merkin, 2011

Book, 17.5 x 10.8 cm, 266 p, language: English, publisher: New Society of Dilettanti in collaboration with Collective, Edinburgh and AND Publishing, London, ISBN: 9781873653135.

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Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2026/331).

Literary synopsis

The Black Merkin is a ‘broken’ novel authored by 170 writers; the unrestrained swarm of authorial impulsions hollows out narrative structure and coherence.

Relation of the novel to the artist’s practice

Bad Romance was a crowd-sourced project managed by Laura Edbrook and Norman James Hogg under the transitory moniker New Society of Dilettanti. Edbrook and Hogg initiated the project during their writing commission for the 2010 New Work Scotland Programme at the Collective gallery in Edinburgh. The idea was to write an entire romance novel using a ‘tribal’ model of authorship. The project began by randomly selecting one e-book from a downloaded bit-torrent of over 100 romance titles. This ‘template’ was then split into 170 sections of around 300 words each. An advert appeared in the NWSP newspaper, offering individuals the chance to ‘become a tribal author’ by participating in a mass reconstruction of the novel. Participants rewrote sections in the manner and style of their choosing. They received only a few basic instructions, including a request to leave all character and place names intact. Over the course of nine months, the society managed the sending, receiving and editing of texts entirely through Google docs, until the last section was returned in July 2011. At this point, all character and place names were overwritten with new names using the ‘find and replace’ function. The result is The Black Merkin—a ‘new’ novel bearing little if any resemblance to the donor text.

Novel's website 1

Novel's website 2

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Kunstenaars

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> New Society of Dilettanti.

Norman hogg portrait2

> Norman James Hogg.

Laura edbrook there is swelling there is meaning there is feeling 2014

> Laura Edbrook.

Tentoonstellingen & Ensembles

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> Tentoonstelling: The Preparation of the Novel (Book Lovers 5.0). Fabra i Coats - Centre d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, 18 July 2014 - 05 September 2014.

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> Ensemble: The Book Lovers.