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.

Rest Energy, 1981

Photography, 55 x 68 cm.

Collection M HKA

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp / Collection Flemish Community (Inv. no. BK005731).

“Standing across from one another in slanted position. Looking each other in the eye. I hold a bow and Ulay holds the string with the arrow pointing directly to my heart. Microphones attached to both hearts recording the increasing number of heart beats.” - Marina Abramović

This polaroid photograph of Marina and Ulay is part of a series of joint performances, Relation Works [1976-1981]. Their relationship, personal and artistic, is the area of investigation here. Physical limits of exhaustion and pain are pushed to the extreme. The public’s presence is an integral component here. In the photograph we see how the artist-pair stood close, facing each other in the performance, slightly back on their heels. They look straight into one-another’s eyes. Marina holds the bow firmly in her grasp, Ulay the arrow and bowstring. The arrow is aimed right at Marina’s heart. Their respective weights tense the bow. Just one false move by Marina or Ulay could prove fatal. Marina surrenders herself – if Ulay lets the arrow loose, it’s over. The position of the woman seems subordinate to the man, while it’s the woman who is in the spotlight. The other striking feature is the fire-red arrow, in a photograph where use of colour is limited. Both artists were born on November 30th, and thus share the zodiac sign of Sagittarius, the Archer. Astrologically this means that they approach each other with the same weapons. Here, however, they forge into a single weapon, the bow and arrow. They confront each other’s energies and try to link with each other. Each needs the other to measure their strength against, but they will never be ‘one’. This performance was the shortest they ever gave [4 minutes and 12 seconds]. Microphones, placed over the heart, registered the acceleration of the beat. In addition to the polaroid photo from the performance, there is also a video, and the sound of their heartbeats is audible there.

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>Marina Abramovic & Ulay, Rest Energy, 1981


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Exhibitions & Ensembles

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

> Exhibition: Urgent Conversations Athens - Antwerp. National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST), Athens, 31 October 2016 - 05 February 2017.

> Exhibition: Visite Herentals - Reflections. Kasteel Le Paige, Herentals, 13 October 2012 - 04 November 2012.

> Ensemble: actie.

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> Ensemble: Tension and Tone.

> Ensemble: NUCLEUS.

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> Ensemble: Interpersonal Space.

> Ensemble: Audiodescriptie - De Collectie.

> Ensemble: Collectie Vlaamse Gemeenschap.