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.

United Colors, 2014

Other, 225 x 150 cm.

©image: BPS22, Charleroi

Collection: Collection Province de Hainaut / Dépôt BPS22, Charleroi.

In SUPERDEMOCRACY the pirate flag floats among other flags, diverting this symbol of the nation-states into a plurality of individual proposals. Thierry Verbeke’s flag is made of a patchwork of black cloth, of course marked with the skull with the crossed bones of the famous Jolly Roger. With this work, the artist blurs two sociocultural references by associating them: the first, that of patchwork, traditionally associated with a typically feminine mode of expression, a classic notably in working-class women’s leisure associations (2); and the second, that of the historic-mythical piracy, which recalls, after the writings of the celebrated English historian Christopher Hill, that piracy can also be understood as an ‘inverted world’; an attempt to establish a more egalitarian counter-society than that in which sailors lived, a hope of establishing what was at the time a democratic utopia (Eleutheria, Libertalia, etc.). The work thus links two systems of social organizations, leading to fruitful exchanges between them, generating questions which, the artist hopes, can lead to ‘collective awareness’.

(2) In Belgium, these were associations like Vie Féminine, Les Femmes Prévoyantes Socialistes, closely linked to political parties.

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> Thierry Verbeke.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: Superdemocracy – The Senate of Things. de Senaat, Brussel, 01 October 2017 - 31 October 2017.

> Ensemble: DIVERSITAS II.