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Istvan Kantor

Istvan Kantor (a.k.a. Monty Cantsin) is active in the fields of robotics, sound, video, performance and new media. His work has been shown at many prestigious international art events, including Documenta '87 and Ars Electronica 2000.

Infamous for his "blood-x donations" to the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the National Gallery (Ottawa), AGO (Toronto), and the Ludwig Museum (Koln), just to mention a few, Kantor/Cantsin's criminal records are even longer than his list of awards. The media and critics have described his work as rebellious, anti-authoritarian, and intellectually assaulting, as well as technically innovative and highly experimental.

He has received the Telefilm Canada Award for Best Canadian Video (1998 Images festival, Toronto), the Transmediale 01 award in Berlin, Germany for his new video Broadcast, and the Governor GeneralÂás Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2004.

Internationally known as the founder of Neoism, Istvan has lived in Budapest, Paris, Montreal, Portland and New York. He has lived in Toronto since 1991.

Performances
The Neoist Culture Proletarian Revolution [2002]
Latvian House Performance [2002]
Bodyground [2002]
Mula Bandha [2002]
010100 [February 20, 2003]
010100 [February 21, 2003]
010100 [February 22, 2003]
010100 [February 23, 2003]
010100 [February 24, 2003]
Studio Performance [September 17, 2003]
Ljubljana [December 2003]
Istvan Kantor at the Governor General’s Awards [March 2004]
How To Explain Revolution to A Broken Robot [March 3, 2004]
Drake Hotel Performance [June 10, 2004]
MOCCA Performance [June 12, 2004]
Neoism/Anti-Neoism [June 23, 2004]
The Governor General's Left Ball [July 29, 2004]
Banned from Most Museums around the World [1991-2004]
Invisible Gift
Spazzmo [April 29, 2005]
I'm Working [May 25, 2005]

Email Contact: Istvan Kantor

Images of work in the Canadian Art Database [23]

Media Works
Levitation [1990] - video
Robot Platform [1991/1999] - video
Dripping [1992] - video
Coathanger Cult [1993] - video
Living Statue [1994] - video
Red Flag [1996] - video
Gift to Rauschenberg: A blood-x action [1998] - video
Black Flag [1998] - video
Executive Machinery [1999] - video
Intercourse [2000] - video
AXIOM/E (AXIOMACHINE)-2 (Repossessing the Body-Machine) [2001] - video
Executive Machinery [2001] - video
lebensraum / lifespace - spectacle of noise [2004] - video
Brothers & Sisters [2004] - video
Camp Theorama [2004] - video
MachineSexActionGroup [since 1999] - video
Intercourse - video
Footage from Blood Painting - video
The Trinity Session - video
Accumulation - video
Machinery Execution - video
AXIOM/E-1 (Repossessing the Body-Machine) - video
Broadcast - video


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