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"Istvan Kantor: Machinery Execution"
2005-02-09 until 2005-04-03
Art Gallery of York University
The AGYU presents the opportunity for the public to examine the work of controversial 2004 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts winner Istvan Kantor. The exhibition concentrates on his recent works overlooked in the media controversy: Kantor’s interactive machine and video works. A new work, Spielraum/Playroom – Remains of a Revolution, will transform the AGYU into an interactive installation involving live video feeds, projections, and robotics. Also shown will be the feature-length video Lebensraum/Lifespace – Spectacle of Noise (2004), a semi-autobiographical, science-fiction allegory on the battle for living space in and the gentrification of Capital City (Toronto) and the resistance that combats it.
“In the land of accumulation all activity remains activated, causing continuous interventions, overlapping structures, sudden changes, global explosions, turmoil, tumult, turbulence, everything happens at once and simultaneously…It’s accumulation that makes the earth shake at six o’clock and demolishes the difference between art and life, labour and leisure”. –– Istvan Kantor, 2004.
The AGYU is a university-affiliated public, non-profit, contemporary art gallery supported by York University, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the city of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.
Still from Lebensraum/Lifespace - Spectecle of Noise