M HKA gaat digitaal

Met M HKA Ensembles zetten we onze eerste ├ęchte 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.

I'm Handstanding, 2002


©image: M HKA

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. M00034).

The title of the video I’m Handstanding speaks for itself. The artist assumes this pose for several minutes. Next to her a man, only partially visible, sits in his chair. The perspective is confusing. When Peng Yu takes her hands away from the ground and seems to float, it becomes evident that something doesn’t make sense. The confusion only mounts when a dog comes trotting along the wall against which the artist executed her handstand. It might seem like this work was made with sophisticated computer programs to remodel and manipulate the images. However at the end of the video Peng Yu stands up and it becomes clear that she had been lying on the ground the whole time. So the answer to the riddle is easy: it’s just a simple, visual trick. The video is made in a quite traditional manner, and doesn’t use the last-word in current video technology. The artist very consciously plays with viewers’ perception. In this way she would like to demonstrate that progress in science and technology is no more important than is respect for tradition.

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Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: ENCLOSED. Teseum, Tongeren, 21 May 2021 - 03 October 2021.

> Ensemble: NUCLEUS.