6 x 4 min. (Portretten) [6 x 4 min. (Portraits)]
Materials: digital betacam, dvd, b/w, sound
Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. BK007308).
The video breakthrough. Video is the perfect symbol of what for some time have been called the ‘new media’, signalling the start of an opening up of the hierarchical structure of the ‘old media’ which was to lead to the present ‘e-culture’. The first system, called ‘Phonovision’, goes back to the 1920s. The first TV pictures were stored on ordinary gramophone records. In Belgium, the ICC was one of the first places where video art was shown. The ICC was an international avant-garde arts centre set up by the then new Flemish Community in 1970. This is the institution from which the M HKA emerged. In addition, in 1974 Flor Bex set up the first Belgian video studio for artists, called ‘Continental Video’. A cinema was opened in an old bus, and this ‘mobile museum for modern media’ was able to take the new art out to the people.
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The M HKA holds works on permanent loan that were acquired with the budget of the Vlaamse Commissie voor Beeldende Kunst (Flemish Visual Art
The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public