The artwork (shot in Montreal in 2015 and finalised in Brussels in Spring 2020) is one of the winners of the international and multidisciplinary No Lockdown Art (NoLA) project launched by Transcultures and the European Creation Nurseries in order to support creative and unique projects initiated or finalized during the lockdown period. This work will be included in the multimedia catalog No Lockdown Art (booklet + key card) produced by Transcultures and the European Pepinieres of Creation, to be released on the alternative label Transonic in Autumn 2020 (featuring sound and video works by around twenty international artists including Scanner, David Shea, Erick D’Orion, John Sanborn, Jonas Luycks and Kika Nicolela). It will also be presented in several Belgian & international events and locations.
The Brussels-based artist, Thomas Israël (1975), proposes immersive, generative or interactive works in the form of video installations, sculptures, video stage design and performances. Having begun his career in contemporary theatre, his atypical and transdisciplinary approach of digital arts revolves around societal themes, the body, time and the subconscious. He has been showed in many festivals, exhibitions, galleries, art fairs and museums around the world since 2005, like MoMA (New York), Abattoirs (Toulouse), Palais des Beaux-Arts (Lille), Musée National des Beaux-arts (Québec) and Haifa Museum of Art. He is favoring the installations in historical places (Prehistorical Cave of le Mas d’Azil, Abbey of Villers). Skinstrap, his first performances in body-mapping, is laureate of the prestigious Japan Media Art Festival 2013 and since then his performances about color, vision and cancer are touring worldwide in museums, treaters and in the medical world (Brazil, France, Costa Rica, Mexico, Scotland, Quebec, US).
At the same time, he creates video design for the stage in for institutions such as Bordeaux Opéra, Tokyo Concet Hall, Charlerois-danse and Varia Theater. In 2019 he signs the direction, stage & video design of his first opera, the world première of Toshio Hosokawa’s most recent opera, in South Korea. Memento Body, a book on his work, was published by la Lettre Volée in 2013. He is represented since 2010 by Galerie Charlot in Paris & Tel-Aviv. His work is part of the collection of the MoMA in New York, The Jewish Museum of Belgium and the Musée des Abattoirs in Toulouse.