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.

Exile, 2000

Video, 03:12:13.

©image: video still

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. M00033).

Exile is the video recording of a performance by Peng Yu in Beijing. The artist pours oil from a jar into a river that encircles the city. The video follows the path the oil travels in the river. The oil on the water reflects images of the surroundings. Initially the oil is clearly visible but then it gradually mingles with the water and dissolves. The oil Peng Yu uses comes from dead human bodies. The oil floats around the city on the river which locals refer to as the ‘Protective River’. For the artist the drifting process symbolises human life. At birth every human being is clean and pure, a blank sheet. But as we grow up the influence of society and our surroundings becomes stronger and stronger. As our pure state disappears, more and more ‘dirt’ attaches itself to each and every one of us. The same happens to the oil in the river. A lot of domestic and industrial waste is discharged into the river, so that it becomes increasingly polluted and this affects the oil. Moreover, it is not clear where the water finally ends up, just as the course of human life is unpredictable.

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> Peng Yu.

Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: The collection XXVII – East of 4°24'. M HKA, Antwerp, 03 March 2011 - 21 August 2011.

> Exhibition: The Collection. M HKA, Antwerpen, 28 April 2017 - 31 December 2021.

> Exhibition: All under heaven – China now! . MuHKA, Antwerpen, 20 March 2004 - 30 May 2004.

> Ensemble: NUCLEUS.

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> Ensemble: Action in the Extreme.

> Ensemble: Permanent Collection / Fluxus.