Kantor has organised
a series of file cabinets that are invisibly linked by interactive logic
software (MAX) and a system of hydraulic arms. A video looped image of
the artist naked and bound is mesmerisingly and sensually displayed on
a full wall height screen behind the cabinets. His genitals, and torso
seemingly connected to the hydraulic hose of the invisible machine/controller,
his face bound by a leather mask, he is looped through a series of writhing
and stretching movements. The fragments of his movements and the referential
emotions they evoke are controlled by the viewer and the interaction of
the file cabinet drawers. The opening and closing of one file cabinet
drawer sends a light signal to a photo sensor cell. This then causes the
program to change the visual loop and simultaneously the mechanical arms
attached to both file cabinets to react. A simple human gesture and a
mechanical extension of the arm, controls the sound and the visual images,
sending loops of invisible information for further processing. That simple
gesture becomes the basis of our experience, our communication with the
computer and thus another extension of our will and sensual pleasure.
filing cabinet is also a functional sculpture, a fascinating piece of simple,
designed gadgetry. It is an expression of the mechanical and by that fact
an extension or reflection of the human body, nature's mechanical design.
Istvan is fascinated with dynamic boundaries, the melding of the body with
the technological and the extension of the physical into infinite space.
Our body as machine, our machines as human expression. Given the recent
news headlines and the direction of current cybernetic and biotechnology
research, Istvan's piece is a timely exploration of the contradictions,
dilemma's and the addictive beauty of it all.
SUZANNE FARKAS 4/00
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