The exhibition project Middle Gate II – The Story of Dymphna is a collaboration between M HKA (Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp) and the cultural centre de Werft in Geel. Middle Gate II is the follow up to the exhibition Middle Gate, curated by Jan Hoet in Geel in 2013. The exhibition concept is closely tied to the legend of the holy Dymphna, saint of the possessed, the mentally ill and patroness against epilepsy and insanity. The legend of Dymphna shares a strong connection to the identity of Geel, "the charitable city".

Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven / AMVK

Komfort Über Alles!, 1980
Video , 00:16:09
video (U-Matic), digitalized, sound

"The installation Komfort Über Alles was about problems and their solution. It consisted of 5 core works, surrounded by smaller acolytes as support. Each larger work acted as a machine, as a step towards the solution of the problem. There was a clear pathway within the installation and one was helped by an additional, matching brochure. The works had titles like Braintester, Precision Analyser, Problem Detector, Structure Apparatus and Evolution Monitor."

"In the 17th Century there was the Intellectual Revolution, in the 19th Century: the Industrial Revolution and in the 20th: the Sexual Revolution. Now we are living in the digital revolution. One and Zero. Yes or No. A lot of pain is caused by moralism, duality. Black and white, The art lover is attracted to the abstract, while the abstract will never be sexually stimulating." 


Editing: AMVK

Soundtrack: Willy Tielemans

Actors: AMVK

Produced by: AMVK, Club Moral, De Warande