Istvan Kantor

2001, 15:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English


AXIOM/E manifests Istvan Kantor's obsessive interest in the body as individual machinery unit in relationship to systems of social machinery. Invaded by technology, the hardware of the newly repossesed body-machine is now the extension of all softwares, wired up, plugged into external devices, shackled to keyboards, perpetually on-line, processing information, transmitting messages, interacting through a unifying network.

Besides exposing the above facts, Kantor's work focuses on the socio-mechanical aspects of sexual intercourse. The video is displaying collective actions and individual encounters of interactive stimulation while units of body-machines are taking a break from office work. Sexual experimentation is the ultimate spectacle of this post-utopian performance society. In this sense AXIOM/E is a relentless, presistent and ironic manifesto of cybersportfucking, softwarepleasure and robotic ecstasy.

AXIOM/E is a masterpiece of pulsating loopmachine editing, a method Kantor has been exploring in his film and video works for the past two decades. Seizure like rhythmic convulsions and hyper-speed noise fragments are linked together by animated segments of b/w photographic images. The texture of AXIOM/E is characterized by simulated signs of transmission disorders including jumping horizontal and vertical lines. Sudden noises and abrupt inserts of animated texts are adding to the robotic videography.

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Critical Writing

Istvan Kantor Monty Cantsin? Amen!: An unseen selection from the...
Pleasure Dome, 2002. Toronto: Pleasure dome, 2002.
The Spectacle of Noise: Istvan Kantor's recent video work. a selection
by A.K Nort. ArgosFestival, 2001. Brussel: Argos, 2001.