Istvan Kantor

Istvan Kantor aka Monty Cantsin, founder of Neoism, is an action based media artist/subvertainer/producer, active in many fields, performance, robotics, mixed-media, installation, painting, sound, music, video and new media. His main subjects are the decay of technology and the struggle of the individual in technological society. In collaboration with legendary correspondence artist David Zack, Kantor launched the Monty Cantsin open-pop-star project in Portland, Oregon in 1978. He initiated both the international operations of Neoism and his major life-long performance "Blood Campaign" in 1979 in Montréal. He has been arrested and jailed many times for his blood-x interventions in museums. Kantor’s work was featured since the beginning of the 80’s by prestigious festivals and events. He is also a recipient of the Canadian Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts (2004), as well as being the bandleader/singer of the Red Armband, founder-member of the MachineSexActionGroup and the Kantor Family Circus. Born in Budapest, he lives and works in Toronto since the 90’s.

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