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 Drumhead, 2014

Book, 13,5 x 20 cm, 118 p, language: English, publisher: Sternberg Press, Berlin & If I Can't Dance, I Don't Want To Be Part of Your Revolution, Amsterdam, ISBN: 978-3-95679-065-2.

Drumhead title Sternberg Press

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2027/39).

Literary synopsis

Over the past half-decade, artist Gerry Bibby has inserted narratives and instructional texts into his artworks as acts of tactical withdrawal. The Drumhead is Bibby's first publication, and includes a series of his 'Language Costumes' or fragmentary texts which, like the Burroughsian 'routine' or Walserian 'microscript,' attest to an offended intelligence. Evoking William Burroughs’s The Wild Boys and Robert Walser’s The Walk, it pays homage to an unruly tradition of radical and queer literary presences over the last century. Exhaustion and frustration besiege a set of characters and the architecture that barely contains them, all of which are cipher-like in their multiplicity (and duplicity).

Relation of the novel to the artist’s practice

Gerry Bibby’s artworks move across performance, sculpture and writing, taking form at the uncomfortable fissures between the three. His ‘Language Costumes’ arrive at these junctions as self-styled instructional texts, photocopy machine manuals, drinks menus and poetic passages. His captivating passages brim with wit, wry observation and occasionally with disgust, offering viewers ‘ways out’ even if only at the time of reading. Commissioned by If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to Be Part of Your Revolution, The Drumhead follows a two-year collaboration with KUB Arena of the Kunsthaus Bregenz, The Showroom London, CCA Glasgow, and the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. The book immodestly distills these institutional encounters into a multipart narrative that delves into the lives and psyches of those in the service industry.

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>The Drumhead, Gerry Bibby, 2014


>Gerry Bibby, The Drumhead, Act IV: Tectonic Mnemonic. Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2014. Photo: Markus Tretter. Courtesy of Kunsthaus Bregenz.


>Gerry Bibby, The Drumhead, Act IV: Tectonic Mnemonic. Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2014. Photo: Markus Tretter. Courtesy of Kunsthaus Bregenz.


>The Drum Head (installation view, featuring: "The Counterfeiters", and "Discrete Charms"), Gerry Bibby, 2013 – Le Musée d'art contemporain, Lyon; 12th Biennale de Lyon.


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> Gerry Bibby.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

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> Ensemble: The Book Lovers.