Istvan Kantor

1992, 11:00 minutes, colour, English & French version available


Barricades is a dramatic prophecy that deals with the absurdity of the laws in contemporary societies. It can be called a video-manifesto that integrates documentary images, computer animation and sonic-performance. It captures an ominous, sinister, and frightening moment of urban reality: a park surrounded by police barricades. On June 3, 1991 New York City police seized the Lower East Side's legendary Tompkin's Square Park, ejected the homeless and their supporters, and sealed off the entire park behind police barricades. For the maker of this video it was a clear sign of the coming apocalypse.

L'absurdité des lois dans les sociétés contemporaines, présentée sous forme de prophétie dramatique. A New York le 3 juin 1991 des sans-abri et ceux qui les appuient sont expulsés du légendaire Tompkins Square Park dans le Lower East Side. Le parc en entier est vidé et barricadé par la police. Cette oeuvre capte ce moment sinistre de la réalité urbaine à l'aide d'images documentaires, de performance sonore et d'animation par ordinateur.

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