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.

M.F.- G.D.- 99, 2000

Photography, 120 x 180 cm.

©Dirk Braeckman

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. BK7266).

These large-format black-and-white photos by Dirk Braeckman are isolated pieces in time and space, with no trace of human presence. The titles do not give us any point of contact. They are a personal code that refers to the place where the picture was taken, with whom and in which year. In this way Braeckman wants you to enter into each of his works anew and always look at it with fresh eyes. The images are frontal shots that claim their place in the room and obstruct any view of something behind. The recurrent dark and drab tones create mysterious effect, and the grainy surface texture (caused by the enlargement from a small negative) makes the whole thing blurred. Unusual cropping means that several of the objects are only partly shown, or not at all. The overall feeling is ominous, although there is no visible trace of any threat. The experience is an internal one. Braeckman says: ‘When you reduce everything it comes straight at you. Sex, death. I know it sounds like a narrow cliché, but you have to dare admit that that’s what it’s about. That power and destructiveness of it, the feeling and the anti-feeling: it certainly remains an underlying layer in my work. However much it may be below the surface. Remarkably enough, in my work it has a lot to do with the cropping. The fact that you don’t see certain things, or that you do.’

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> Dirk Braeckman.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: The collection XXVIII – If you shoot a bullet in a vacuum, will it keep travelling forever? (Emily Wardill). M HKA, Antwerpen, 17 June 2011 - 18 September 2011.

> Ensemble: Collectie Vlaamse Gemeenschap.

> Ensemble: NUCLEUS.

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> Ensemble: Imaged Space.

Related Items

>Dirk Braeckman, A.R.-S.V.-01, 2001.Photography, silver gelatine print, aluminium, 180 X 120 cm.

>Dirk Braeckman, B.C.-B.X.-01, 2001.Photography, silver gelatine print, aluminium, 120 x 180 cm.

>Dirk Braeckman, R.P.- B.X. - 00, 2000.Photography, silver gelatine print, aluminium, 120 x 180 cm.

>Dirk Braeckman, AP7/07-02, 2002.Photography, c-print, aluminium, 83 x 60 cm.