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.

Come Before Christ and Murder Love, 1997

Book, 19.7 x 12.7 cm, 217 p, language: English, publisher: Serpent’s Tail, London, ISBN: 185242575X.


Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2024/855).

Literary synopsis The book is perhaps hard to categorise as there is no distinction made between a fictionalised reality and a fictionalised fantasy. Thus it could all be the fantasy of a mental patient who falls in love with his psychiatrist's 'real' or 'imaginary' daughter, and sets out to save her from ritual murder by the 'mad' psychiatrist. However other themes are interwoven with this; mind control, magic, occult groups and the machinations of the secret services. Relation of the novel to the artist’s practice The video *Come Before Christ and Murder Love* (by Nick Abrahams and Mikey Tompkins, 1997, 6 min 50 seconds) was originally produced as a promo-video for the book of the same name by Stewart Home. The book contains many scenes of graphic sex and violence, and it is one of these which was selected as the ur-text for the Abrahams/Tompkins collaboration. Stewart Home has distanced himself from the video suggesting that it has nothing to do with him.

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> Stewart Home.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE ARTWORK BECOMES A NOVEL?. M HKA, Antwerp, 07 December 2012 - 21 April 2013.

> Exhibition: Book Lovers 4.0 (Pop-up Bookstore). De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam, 28 January 2014 - 02 February 2014.

> Exhibition: THE BOOK LOVERS - A Project about Artist Novels. The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, 25 January 2013 - 09 March 2013.

> Exhibition: The Preparation of the Novel (Book Lovers 5.0). Fabra i Coats - Centre d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, 18 July 2014 - 05 September 2014.

> Ensemble: The Artist's Novel.