Istvan Kantor

2000, 20:44 minutes, colour/B&W, English


BROADCAST explores the beauty of urban decay and the body as transmission machine. It's hyper-dramatic non-linear narrative links short segments of increasing tension and feverish intensity. Istvan Kantor comments on the architecture of noise in technological society in relation to broadcast transmission and the values of individual autonomy. While new high-tech condos are changing the cityscape the protagonists of BROADCAST are invading abandoned warehouse buildings and climbing up to the roofs to broadcast their hallucinatory performance-manifestos, introducing their own bodies as telecommunication hyper-devices.
Through his editing methods of counter pointing, detournement and fragmentation, Kantor's work reflects an open space of limitlessness where predetermined order is unnecessary.

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Critical Writing

The Istvan Kantor paradoxes
by Sarah Milroy. The Globe and Mail, May 19, 2004.
The Art and Life of Istvan Kantor
by Daniel Baird. Canadian Art, Sept. Fall 2004, v. 21, no. 3.
Istvan Kantor Monty Cantsin? Amen!: An unseen selection from the...
Pleasure Dome, 2002. Toronto: Pleasure dome, 2002.
Unravelling The Grid/"Substitute City" at the Power Plant: An...
by Andy Fabo. C Magazine, Summer 2001, no. 70.
by Marco Zee-Jotti. Filmwaves, 2001, no. 15.
The Spectacle of Noise: Istvan Kantor's recent video work. a selection
by A.K Nort. ArgosFestival, 2001. Brussel: Argos, 2001.