The Temptation of St. Anthony (or Tony‘s trouble), 2016

Sanborn, John
John Sanborn, The Temptation of St. Anthony (or Tony‘s trouble), Foto © Felix Grünschloss

The world is bereft of true faith. We are left to our own devices, and they fail us. Nothing we invest in today brings us more than faint hope about our ability to understand our lives. The Temptation of St. Anthony (or Tony’s Troubles) by John Sanborn is a multichannel video and music installation that uses the Christian narrative of St. Anthony as the basis to explore the nature and value of faith. From his own hands, Tony can fashion the future. This new conviction is personal and deeply felt but distances him from society. He is considered a curiosity by some, and a danger by Sal (the Devil) — who tempts Tony with power, money, and sex to abandon his newfound faith and give his soul over to the trivia of life.

Concept, design, artistic direction: John Sanborn
Music: Dorian Wallace
Production: A Tenth Intervention Production
Choreography by: Robert Dekkers
Performed by: Pamela Z, Paul Pinto, Charlotte Mundy

Shown at Media Art is here (2022) on the occasion of the plenary assembly of the World Council of Churches in Karlsruhe.

Time: 31.08.2022 – 09.09.2022, Mo – Fr 8-18 h
Location: City Hall on the market square, foyer

Project partner: ZKM I Karlsruhe, Stadt Karlsruhe, UNESCO City of Media Arts