"Temptation of St. Anthony" (Fin)


Jari Haanperä is best known for his surrealistic short films and extraordinary mechanic-kinetic shadow theatre performances that take the viewer back in time to the early years of the industrialized age and the prehistory of the moving picture. Haanperä’s historical outlook is something special. In his works psychedelic light disks and warped silhouettes of everyday objects are combined with eerie recitals of written texts, such as ancient sports commentaries, scientific reports on underwater worlds or Egon Friedell’s speculations on cultural history.

L.A. Weekly commented on Haanperä’s installation A Temple for Moving Image in this way: "In addition to re-igniting the powerful effect of sheer wonder, the piece addresses the almost spiritual role of media in contemporary culture, finding connections between religious iconography and adoration, and the awe inspired by the basic apparatus of cinema. The piece is a must-see, not only as a pilgrimage for believers, but as a remainder that, despite advances in technology, we're often bedazzled by the simple things."

'The Temptation of St. Anthony', Haanperä’s live performance at Avanto Club on 9th November, is loosely based on George Méliès’ 1898 film of the same name in which “lascivious women interrupt the first monastic Christian hermit's hour of prayer.” MT

Friday 9.11.2001 - Gloria
21:00-3:00 - Avanto-Club: 'Temptation of St. Anthony' performance