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Noam Toran

Born 1975 in Las Cruces, New Mexico, lives and works in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Noam Toran’s work involves the creation of intricate narratives developed as a means to reflect upon the interrelations of history, memory, and storytelling as embodied in cinematic, literary, and performative forms. Research based, the works examine how fictions influence the collective consciousness, and are realised through an original way of reconfiguring narrative codes, conventions and structures, and weaving them with historical materials.


Noam Toran Teaches at the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam and HEAD, Geneva. The work is exhibited, screened and published internationally, notably at the CNAC Pompidou (Paris), Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna), Venice Architecture Biennale, London Architecture Biennale, Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Israel Museum (Jerusalem), Witte de With (Rotterdam), MuHKA (Antwerp), Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Musée d’Art Contemporain (St Etienne), Baltic Contemporary (Newcastle), London Design Festival, Arnolfini Gallery (Bristol), Center for Contemporary Art (Tel Aviv), Musée D’Art Moderne (Luxembourg), Kulturhuset (Stockholm) and Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin).


1999-2001 MFA, Royal College of Art, London, Great Britain

1993-1997 BFA, University of California, Santa Cruz, California

Solo Exhibitions

2023 We Crave Blood, RawArt Gallery, Tel Aviv, curated by: Maya Bamberger

2019 A Shining Meteor will Light the Path of the Worker, Installation at Social Bauhaus, Haifa, curated by: Leah Abir, Adam Haj Yahia

2018 A Shining Meteor Will Light the Path of the Worker, RawArt Gallery, Tel Aviv, curated by: Leah Abir

2017 The Jungle, Plymouth College of Art Gallery, Plymouth, Great Britain, curated by: Zoe Li and Hannah Rose

2011 Apres-Coup, HEAD, Geneva, Switzerland, curated by: Alexandra Midal

2010 Noam Toran: Things Uncommon, Le Lieu du Design, Paris, France, curated by: Alexandra Midal

2007 Postponing the Inevitable, Shoreditch Town Hall, London, Great Britain

2006 An Evening of Violence and Destruction, Yard Gallery, London, Great Britain, Architecture Biennial

2005 Destruction Series 2, The Yard Gallery, London, Great Britain

2003 New Work, Hockney Gallery | Royal College of Art, London, Great Britain

2003 Three in One, Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Group Exhibitions

2020 We Never Sleep, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt

2019 Raw Art, RawArt Gallery, Tel Aviv, curated by: Maya Bamberger

2019 Work, Body. Leisure, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, Netherlands, curated by: Marina Otero Verzier

2018 The Forgotten and the Claimed, KIT Gallery, Kyoto, Japan

2018 Songs for Hard Working People, Dutch Pavilion | Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

2017 Popcorn, Musée d’Art Contemporain, St Etienne, France, curated by: Alexandra Midal & Sebastien Delot

2017 Studio ZZM, Zuiderzee Museum, Enkhuizen, Netherlands, curated by: Jan Boelen & Evelien Bracke

2017 L’art dans tous ses états, Frac île-de-France, Paris, France

2016 It Gets Darker and Darker, De Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands, With the Dirty Art Department

2016 Night School on Anarres, Courthauld Institute, London, Great Britain, With Onkar Kular

2014 ?Don't You Know Who I Am, MHKA, Antwerp, Belgium, curated by: Nav Haq, Art after Identity Politics

2014 Crafting Narrative, Crafts Council, London, Great Britain, curated by: Onkar Kular

2014 The Crime was Almost Perfect, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands, curated by: Cristina Ricupero

2014 Arrangements de quelques coins et bords, Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Paris, France, curated by: Åbäke & Adva Zakai

2014 A Glass Darkly, Stroom, The Hague, Netherlands, curated by: Nav Haq

2013 Electric Fields, Live in Your Head Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland, curated by: Mai-Thu Perret

2013 Salon Der Angst, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria, curated by: Nicolaus Schafhausen & Cathérine Hug

2013 The Real and Other Fictions, Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Lisbon, Portugal, curated by: Mariana Pestana

2013 La Tyrannie des Objets, Galerie des Galeries, Paris, France, curated by: Alexandra Fau

2012 Curious Minds, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, curated by: Alex Ward

2011 Magical Consciousness, Arnolfini, Bristol, Great Britain, curated by: Runa Islam & Nav Haq

2010 Impact, Royal College of Art, London, Great Britain

2010 I Cling to Virtue, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Great Britain, curated by: Louise Shannon

2009 Rough Cut – Design Takes a Sharp Edge, MoMA, New York City, New York

2009 Designs of the Year, Design Museum, London, Great Britain

2009 Factory, Museum of Contemporary Art, Bat Yam

2009 Super Contemporary, Design Museum, London, Great Britain

2009 !Freeze, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan

2008 Kits for an Encounter, Western Front Society, Vancouver, Canada

2008 On Purpose: Design Concepts, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, Great Britain

2008 16th Rencontres Internationales, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

2008 Design and the Elastic Mind, MoMA, New York City, New York

2007 Tomorrow Now, Musée D’Art Moderne, Luxembourg

2007 Designing Critical Design, Z33, Hasselt, Belgium, With Dunne & Raby

2007 Science of Spying, Science Museum, London, Great Britain

2005 Extra/Ordinary, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden

2005 Pop Noir, Israel Museum, Jerusalem

2004 The OTHER, Architecture Biennale | Spiazzi Gallery, Venice, Italy

2004 D-DAY: Design Aujourd’hui, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

2004 Domestic Demolition Derby, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Great Britain, Installation with Onkar Kular

2002 Objects for Lonely Men, Künstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria


2016 Designers Screenings, MAD, curator: Alexandra Midal, New York City, New York

2013 Plot Point, The Swiss Church, curator: Collectif_Fact, London, Great Britain

2010 Videozone 5 | International Video Art Biennale, Center for Contemporary Art, curator: Maayan Sheleff, Tel Aviv

2010 Expanded Architecture, Sydney Architecture Film Festival, Sydney, Australia

2010 Video Appart, L’Association Plastica, Paris, France

2008 International Film Festival of Cinema and Technology, Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, Washington

2008 15th Rencontres Internationales, Filmoteca Espanola, Madrid, Spain

2007 Desire Management Screening, Fringe Exhibitions Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2007 14th Rencontres Internationales, Cinéma l’Entrepôt, Paris, France

2007 Desire Management Screening, Baltic Centre For Contemporary Arts, Newcastle, Great Britain

2006 Xenith Film Festival, Zurich, Switzerland

2006 Britspotting Film Festival, Berlin, Germany

2005 Raindance 13 International Film Festival, London, Great Britain

Videozone 4 | International Video Art Biennial, Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv

Grants & Awards

2018 Stimulerings Fund Award, Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy

2016 Research Fellowship Award, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, Netherlands

2015 Graham Foundation Award, SVA, New York City, New York

Residencies & Fellowships

2018 Artist in Residence, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto, Japan

2016 Residency, Headlands Art Center, Marin County, California

2012 Residency, Fieldwork: Marfa, Marfa, Texas

2004 Residency, Interaction Design Institute, Ivrea, Italy

2002 Artist in Residence, IDEO, San Francisco, California

2002 Artist in Residence, Jerusalem Center for Visual Arts, Jerusalem


2018 Maria Erman, WORK, BODY, LEISURE | dutch pavilion at the Venice architecture Biennale, Designboom, 25.5.18, (Eng)

2018 Ouzi Zur, Review of "A Shining Meteor will Light the Path of the Worker", Ha'aretz, 18.6.18, (Heb)

2018 Tamar Gozanky, The Class Struggle as a Source of Inspiration, The Communist Party in Israel, 15.6.18, (Heb)

2017 Shaul Setter, The culture events, artists and artworks we will talk about in the upcoming year, Ha'aretz, 19.09.17, (Heb)

2012 Gareth Williams, 21 Twenty One: 21 Designers for Twenty-First Century Britain, V&A Publishing, London, (Eng)

2011 Oliver Wainwright, Profile: Noam Toran and Onkar Kular, Icon Magazine, 4.8.11, (Eng)

2010 Anne Marie Fevre, L’intrigant Noam Toran, Libération

2009 Hans Maier-Aichen, New Talents – State of the Arts, Avedition, Stuttgart

2009, Best of 2008, Frieze Magazine | Issue 120

2008, Troika, Digital by Design, London, Thames and Hudson

Publications by the Artist

2018 A Shining Meteor will Light the Path of the Worker, RawArt Gallery press, Tel Aviv, (Eng | Heb | Arab)

2017 Technicolor Dreaming, Interwoven Magazine

2017 The Unsettling Gaze, Interwoven Magazine

2016 Deviations from the Script, Tohu Magazine, 24.4.2016

2015 The Melendez Family, or Ballads for Lost Scalps, Multiplexer

2012 Counterfeit Horizons, Faces Journal d’Architecture

2011 Cling to Virtue, The White Review


CNAP, Paris, France

FRAC | Ile-de-France, Paris, France

Israel Museum, Jerusalem

MoMA, New York City, New York

Private collections