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.

We Are Not What We Seem, 1988

Collage, 276 x 243 cm.

©image: Syb'l S'Pictures

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp / Collection Flemish Community (Inv. no. BK5859_M99).

We Are Not What We Seem is created by American conceptual artist and designer Barbara Kruger who often places her critical messages on sexual, social, and political issues inside the alluring and familiar formats of commercial visual languages.  

The artwork presents an image of an emancipating woman who is ready to fight for the perception of herself in others’ eyes. Despite the laconic poster form of the piece, the message written in the collage remains unclear: whom is she defending except herself: who are ‘we’? How are ‘they’ seen and how should ‘they’ be seen? Is the viewer a part of ‘them’ or is the viewer in the confronted position of referent?

The ambiguity of senses collapses in the simplicity of the media chosen by the artist. Now the responsibility of the self-identification and positioning in the conflict is on the viewer. Living in the era of fake news and constant media manipulation it seems like there is no way to surrender to digital nonsense consuming everyone inside and constant critical analysis could be one of the resistant tools.

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Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: The collection XXXIII – The Collection as a Character. M HKA, Antwerpen, 07 June 2013 - 22 September 2013.

> Exhibition: EXTRA MUROS: Visite Diest. M HKA & Stad Diest, Diest, 27 November 2014 - 21 December 2014.

> Exhibition: EXTRA MUROS: Geel – Middle Gate II – The Story of Dymphna. Stad Geel, Geel, 15 September 2018 - 04 November 2018.

> Exhibition: The Eightees – A Decade of Extremes. M HKA, Antwerpen, 17 June 2016 - 18 September 2016.

> Exhibition: When Faith Moves Mountains. PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, 17 July 2022 - 09 October 2022.

> Exhibition: Worth Fighting For. Oskar Jager Strasse 97-99, Keulen, 14 November 2022 - 14 December 2022.

> Ensemble: Collectie Vlaamse Gemeenschap.

> Ensemble: NUCLEUS.

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> Ensemble: We are not what we seem.

> Ensemble: WAANZIN | MADNESS.

> Ensemble: Middle Gate.

> Ensemble: Worth Fighting For.

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> Ensemble: Individualism.