from Monty’s mouth:
“Implant Media announces: THE CRIME OF EMBELLISHMENT –We (and Istvan Kantor Monty Cantsin? Amen!) started a major project with Nina Arsenault, Neoist transsexual criminal, android creature, cyber model, body reconstructionist, performance artist, shape shifter…that will feature Nina as the embodiment of Neoism, goddess of contemporary mythology,a cyber diva of Neoist propaganda reaching out without limits of communication,…
pls look up her site for more introduction where you’ll also find information about my new paintings inspired by Nina’s plastic surgery campaign, available for sale in order to cover production costs of “Crime of Embellishment” (the video)
ISTVAN KANTOR A.K.A. MONTY CANTSIN? AMEN!
Istvan Kantor was born in Budapest where he studied medical science. In 1976 he defected to Paris and from there he immigrated to Montreal. He also lived in Portland, New York, Berlin and presently is a resident of Toronto where his three children, Jericho, Babylon and Nineveh were born in the 90’s.
His main subjects are the decay of technology and the struggle of the individual in technological society. His work has been described by the media as intellectually rebellious, anti-authoritarian, as well as technically innovative and highly experimental. He likes to break things and set things on fire. He uses conflict and crisis to present his cause, often placing himself in the center of danger and uncertainty. His radically changing creative ambitions are always related to his living environment and social situation.
Throughout the past three decades he has been arrested and jailed many times for his guerilla interventions in museums. He also received many prestigious awards among them the Telefilm Canada Award for Best Canadian Film and Video in 1998, the Transmediale Award in 2001, in Berlin, the Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts in 2004, in Canada, and the EMAF 2009 Award at the European Media Art Festival in Osnabruck, Germany.
Here’s some photos of Monty Cantsin – performance documentation, Neoist propaganda, self-portraits.