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.

L'école des pickpockets [The School for Pickpockets], 2000

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Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. BK007564).

In L’Ecole des pickpockets [The School for Pickpockets], Sven Augustijnen shows how two experienced professional pickpockets transform an aspiring novice into a promising talent after only a few hours instruction in a closed rehearsal room, a fictitious training centre for pickpockets. The pupil is initiated into the craft step by step, and various tricks are demonstrated and practised. First a mannequin is used for the exercises, then some willing volunteers are brought in at random off the street. Sven Augustijnen makes the viewer uncertain with a narrative structure halfway between fiction and reality, between a fiction film and an educational human interest report on pickpockets. As a spectator it is impossible to distinguish between fact and fiction. L’Ecole des pickpockets was made as part of Brussels 2000, cultural capital of Europe. In this context, artists infiltrated their work into the underground tram connection between the North and South stations in Brussels.

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