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.

Le locataire chimérique, 1964

Book, 19.2 x 14.1 cm, 185 p., language : French, publisher : Éditions Buchet/Chastel, Paris.

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2027/152).

Literary synopsis

Roland Topor's Le locataire chimérique is a mundane and horrific example of the most depressive strains of horror. As the novel opens, Trelkovsky learns of an apartment just vacated by a suicide. Nominally in order to pay his respects, and really to ascertain if she'll die so he can move in, he visits her in the hospital. Semi-conscious at best, the former tenant opens one eye to see a friend and Trelkovsky, and she responds with an "unbreakable scream". At the time, neither Trelkovsky nor the reader can understand her terror. By the end of the book, both will know all too well, for Topor's world is one where all of humanity is at once utterly absurd and grotesquely terrifying, and there is no escape.

- Nathaniel Katz

Relation of the novel to the artist’s practice

Le locataire chimérique was adapted to film by Roman Polanski in 1976 with the title The Tenant. It is the last film in Polanski’s “Apartment Trilogy”, following Repulsion and Rosemary’s Baby and it was entered into the 1976 Cannes Film Festival.

Authorship: Artist Author.

Creative Strategy: No Link to Artworks.

Genre: Horror.

Publishing: Publishing House.

Theme: Death, Obsession, Paranoia, Transvestism.

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