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 Bitter Cup, 2019

Book, 13 x 10.6 cm, 112 p, language: English, publisher: Book Works & Hospitalfield, ISBN: 978 1 906012 88 5.

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2030/298).

Literary synopsis

The Watchie stands on a small headland, set somewhat apart from the cottages lining the clifftop that together make up most of the small Aberdeenshire village of Catterline. Lil Neilson first came to Catterline as an art student in the early 1960s. She’d met painter Joan Eardley at a summer school at Hospitalfield House in Arbroath and Joan had invited her to work alongside her in the Watchie.

Relation of the novel to the artist’s practic

The Bitter Cup is a novelistic response to the archive of paintings and sketch books left behind by Lil Neilson upon her death in 1998, and the encounter experienced by Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan of this work, the landscape and their formative art experiences. Neilson’s work is framed in a fiction, which locates itself in the historical moment that the landscape of Scottish art was radically transformed – through a process that was dubbed ‘the Glasgow Miracle’. The story moves between a fictional coastal village in the East, and a mystical recollection of Glasgow, in the West, in this period. A single image, A Place for 4 Women, a painting by Lil Neilson set against the watchie garden and the sea, interrupts the text and acts as a premonition of the stories that follows. Evie, the main protagonist, is positioned in this shift, articulating the conflicts and antagonisms, desires and sexuality of her own, and the authors’ imaginary.

Novel's website

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> Tom O'Sullivan.

> Joanne Tatham.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Ensemble: The Artist's Novel.