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.

Blonde Girls, 2008-2011

Book, 6 x 1.7 cm,1GB USB drive, 91 / 73.1MB digital files, language: English, publisher: Booklet Press, ISBN: N/A.

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2025/162).

Literary synopsis *Blonde Girls* is a novella cobbled together from the diaries of four girls and one queer. Sean Monahan builds a loose narrative out of their secrets (as well as his own). Over 25 chapters, *Blonde Girls* attempts to speak both personally and impersonally; to embrace disclosure, while leaving the audience in doubt of who exactly is doing the disclosing. Available only as a PDF on a USB drive, the project prioritizes the instant replication of a Copy command over the mechanical reproduction of a printing press, fetishizing information rather than objects. Relation of the novel to the artist’s practice Information is real. Novels are an ambivalent form, unsure as to whether this is true or not. In words of the artist himself: “Blonde Girls deeply connects to other past works that were completed in conjunction with the novel. My current collaborative project, *K-HOLE* also relates broadly; though it was conceived of as extraneous to my personal practice, it maintains my formal interest in the PDF format and the inherent issues digital media creates for the editing of pieces”. [Novel website](http://bookletpress.org/author/smonahan.html)

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>2008, PDF, 3 p.

>2009, HD video and sound, 14:49

>2009, HD video and sound, 14:49

>2008, PDF, 9 p

>2008, PDF, 9 p


> Sean Monahan.

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.