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.

Malcom X: An Introduction, 2008

Book, 14 x 19 cm, 112 p, language: English, publisher: Richmond Art Gallery and Galerie Werner Whitman, ISBN: N/A.

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2025/871).

Literary synopsis

This artist book is a rewriting of J.D. Salinger's Seymour: An Introduction with Malcolm X taking the place of the main protagonist, Seymour. The text is kept as close to Salinger's original as possible however the details of the life of Seymour have been changed to refer instead to the life of Malcolm X.

Relation of the novel to the artist’s practice

This project took the contrast between two seemingly unrelated historical individuals, J.D. Salinger and Malcolm X, as its starting point. Dan Starling was interested in them because they both became silent at the same historical moment in early 1965: Salinger chose not to publish and became a recluse and Malcolm X was assassinated. Because they had little else in common, Starling felt that he could bring them together by using a representational style that would literally make them “look” similar. He made a series of “folk” woodcarvings, photographs, a video, and an artist book. Starling is interested in the moment in which these two individuals lived since it presents a transition between a segregated society divided along colour lines and a postmodern multicultural society.

Authorship: Appropriation/Collage.

Creative Strategy: Rewriting Existing Novel.

Genre: Plain Fiction.

Publishing: Art Gallery.

Theme: American Culture.

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>Artist Book, 2008

>Folk Art painted wood, Dimensions vary, approx. 16" x 36" x 10" 2008

>Folk Art painted wood, Dimensions vary, approx. 16" x 36" x 10" 2008

>Folk Art painted wood, Dimensions vary, approx. 16" x 36" x 10" 2008

>Folk Art painted wood, Dimensions vary, approx. 16" x 36" x 10" 2008


> J.D. Salinger.

> Dan Starling.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

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

> 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.