Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven (also known as AMVK) is an artist of singular complexity. Born in 1951 in Antwerp, where she still lives and works, she has been active since the 1970s as a visual artist, graphic designer and performer. She has always been a pioneer. She should, first and foremost, be considered an artist for the future. AMVK’s practice is truly interdisciplinary.

M HKA wants to introduce Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven to a wider audience as an innovator of forms and interpreter of moods - as oxygen of the whole society.

Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven / AMVK

Morele Herbewapening , 1996
Video , 00:12:00
computer animation

"The animation that animation that formed the start of the project 'Morele Herbewapening' that lasted 10 years."

"The movie is a computer animation in 5 steps. By means of a systematic use/re-use of images of women from the nude-press until the Sexual Revolution, an alchemistic process is activated. 5 probers around one subject depict an important dichotomy in the mass media:  the contemporary aesthetics of fascination for evil and negative information versus the commercialization, thus abstraction, of desire. The movie was the starting point of my extensive 10-year long Sex and Technology project called Moral Rearmament. Therefore I re-named myself HeadNurse, answering to Big Brother, being the assistant of doctor Nietzsche.

On the use of woman images: keeping records on images of women and on wordlists from particular fields made me at a certain point combine them. The same way as car-dealers present their newest products with scarcely dressed females. As an example I sampled words related to particular problems of elasticity, knowledge representation and symmetry in space to connect with files of 1. naked women dressed only with a belt, 2. women showing their breasts while fixating the spectator, 3. women busy taking of their blouses over their heads.

One particular word connects to one image. The word and the image come together in a streched black and white figure. In the next step the concept disappears and the image gets its new meaning thanks to colour. The image re-given to the nature of perception. From there on we can a build a new world. Thanks to serendipity, synchronicity. This happens with trial and error, as evolution works.  I try things out, I see how they work, if they work. I use my computer to store images and knowledge. This collection creates systems for revealing things while working. The information becomes the tool, the canvas to work on. The data are the paint, a mixed storage of past, present and future intelligence." 

− AMVK


Camera: AMVK

Editing: AMVK

Animation: AMVK

Produced by: Club Moral