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

Genezen Worden van de Realiteit, 2007
Film , 00:07:57
computer animation

"In 2001 I spontaneously started preparing an animation film dedicated to “Kom op Tegen Kanker”. I never sent it anywhere because I didn’t know where I could send it to, because I suddenly thought that this organisation wasn’t really waiting for this kind of support. So I stopped the final processing.

As a starting point, I had used a drawing that I made a couple of years before, in 1994, at the Belgian seaside. The basis is a castle-villa, drawn from the beach. Three large staircases lead towards it, clouds are driven behind it. In one way or another this inspired me to have two flying figures evolving in front of and next to this house. With thin sound in the background.

For me this house represents a feeling of happiness which is difficult to reach, but which has the potential to fulfill a promise in all its variations and possibilities."

− AMVK


Sound: “Time is reallly good” by AMVK, 2006

Post-productie: Danny Devos

Producer: Club Moral