Istvan Kantor The File Cabinet Project
File cabinets are surviving in a digital world. It might be because they combine function, economy and attractive styling. Or maybe, that, equipped as they are, with full cradle suspension and sound dampened drawer fronts, they can be opened efforlessly and closed silently. With his usual caustic sense of humour, Istvan Kantor gives us the other possible reasons.
The File Cabinet Project investigates the sculptural system and kinesonic mechanism of information storage furniture. The project contemplates the metal hardware of information storage furniture and explores the sculptural identity, the mechanical construction and the symbolic meaning(s) of the office cabinet. It deals with the global system of information machinery and introduces the cabinet as machine/monument.
Istvan Kantor, best known as Monty Cantsin, founder of Neoism?!, is a media artist and producer, active in the fields of performance , robotics, installation, sound, music, video and new media. His work has been shown internationally in many major new media and performance festivals since the 1980s, notably in the USA, in Eastern and Western Europe, Mexico, and Japan. Kantor had performed at the prestigious Centre Pompidou, Paris (1989) and documenta 8:technology/media, Kassel (1987). He has lived in Budapest, Paris, Montréal and New York and is presently a resident of Toronto.