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.

Rorschach (Accidental I), 2005

Object, 1.9 x 219.9 x 236.2 cm.

Collection: Courtesy Frith Street Gallery, London.

In the exhibition piece Rorschach (Accidental I) Cornelia Parker (b. 1956) crushed fifty-two silver plated objects under a heavy industrial press. Then she instructs each squashed piece of this table service to be hung separately in the museum space, such that they hover like a horizontal plane, low above the floor. The typical notion of a breakfast table at a chic hotel is not far off. Only there is no table, and the table arrangement here rather gives the impression of a ghost photo or a shadow play.

The title makes reference to the Rorschach test, a well-known psychological test where symmetrical inkblots are used to help divide aspects of a subject's mental state in relationship to the associations that he or she makes. Here, the decorative aspect of the silver silhouettes in flattened symmetrical configurations yields something akin to a reflective Rorschach. Furthermore, it was within the circles of such rich bourgeoisie that initially the diagnostic lid was raised, to reveal the human psyche with all its latent violence and cruelty.

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> Cornelia Parker.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: El Hotel Eléctrico – Rooms available . M HKA, Antwerp, 21 February 2014 - 11 May 2014.

> Ensemble: Kamer 2 [Room 2].