Video

BLOODY SUNDAY

Istvan Kantor

2008, 14:30 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 194.39

BLOODY SUNDAY is a requiem for living space, marking the end of an era, commemorating warehouse artist studios in Toronto that are disappearing due to gentrification. It features MachineSexActionGroup (MSAG), a performance group Kantor formed in the late 90’s, known for experimenting with the body, sex and technology.

In Bloody Sunday the group executes a convulsive blood-bath performance in a smaller room of Kantor’s loft during the last day of his eviction. Under Kantor’s direction a theatrical ritual develops dedicated to “Bloody Sundays” known from history (1903 Russia, 1956 Hungary, 1972 Ireland). The set reminds us of the Holocaust, barrack, gas chamber and shower scenes, and the convulsive blood performance makes us think of an orgasmic death ritual. These visuals are part of Kantor’s iconic visionary language he is well known for in the fields of performance art, video and theater.

A self-produced work with strong production and post-production values, Bloody Sunday is Kantor’s recent quest for formal solutions, searching somewhere in the edge of autobiographical experimental video, documentary and performance art.

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