Istvan Kantor ANTICHRIST – Neoist Hokey Pokey Video Still, 2010, 5:30 min
ANTICHRIST is a tribute to plunder, sex, noise and violence. It is a manifesto that sums up Kantor’s ongoing critical lament centering on authority and power in technological society. The almost mythological images taken from such filmmakers as Kubrick and Ridley Scott are transformed into iconic insults feeding people’s imagination with robopunk rebellion.
Istvan Kantor, recepient of the 2004 Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts, also known as Monty Cantsin, open-pop-star, the founder of Neoism, “Self-Appointed Leader of the People of the Lower East Side”, is an action based media artist/subvertainer/producer, active in many fields, performance, robotics, mixed-media, installation, painting, sound, music, video and new media.
Kantor was born in Budapest where he studied medical science. In 1976, at age 26, he defected to Paris and from there he immigrated to Montreal. He also lived in Portland, New York, Berlin and presently is a resident of Toronto where his three children, Jericho, Babylon and Nineveh were born in the 90’s.
His main subjects are the decay of technology and the struggle of the individual in technological society. His work has been described by the media as intellectually rebellious, anti-authoritarian, as well as technically innovative and highly experimental. He likes to break things and set things on fire. He uses conflict and crisis to present his cause, often placing himself in the center of danger and uncertainty. His radically changing creative ambitions are always related to his living environment and social situation.
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