Video

Nineveh

Istvan Kantor

1997, 27:00 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 194.23

NINEVEH is a transmedia drama of image, text and sound, a philosophical adventure integrated in an exalted and streaming operatic testimony. While exploring introspection, self-evaluation and intellectual fulfillment with critical irony, amusing wit and challenging intelligence, it comments on the multi-dimensional existence of individual organisms and their alternative living style within today's trans-technological society. It investigates the outside world of social relations through the innerscape of the se0lf.
Though the title refers to the ancient capital of Assyrian Empire, the joyous city of Nineveh, the video has only poetical relations to ancient history. Nineveh's metaphor serves as a background for transmitting reality through the remains of a vanished culture (cuneiform tablets) and through the open space of a lost time zone (Enuma Elish) filled with today's cultural icons (file cabinet, coat hanger, iron) surrounded by digital landscapes, 3D animation and videographic and sonic composition.

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