david gil | visual art | film | design

If perception is the process of becoming aware through the senses and reality is the state of things as they actually exist, the gap between the two raises questions about what we know to be true. I am particularly interested in this gap and its relationship with technology, media, systems of power and human behavior.


2005 – Today Independent Creative Practice. Conception, development, curation, and execution of multidisciplinary and collaborative art projects. Founder of network of artists.

2020 Summer Research Grant funded by the GSD. Harvard University, USA.

2018 - 2020 Harvard University. Graduate School of Design. Cambridge, USA. Art, design and the public domain (ADPD). Master in Design Studies (MDes). Emphasis in digital design and fabrication technologies, interdisciplinary art practices, community engagement, public art, culture decentralization, film and visual studies. Architecture Discovery 2017.

2019 Color Theory III, performative paintings by david gil. Executed at M.I.T. Art, Culture and Technology. Exhibited at GSD Gallery and at Gund Hall. Harvard University. USA.

2016 Spatial designer for d_parture spa. USA. Two locations at Newark Liberty International Airport. Functionality analysis, floor plans, zoning, elevations, photorealistic renderings, material boards, architecture videos, sourcing, follow up until construction. Branding. Design submitted to World Duty Free Group and OTG. Construction by DNA Architects.

2015 Out of the shadow, contemporary dance performance. Mise en scene by david gil. Japan. Commissioned by Hiroshima City University, Faculty of International Studies. Performed in Hiroshima, Japan during the 70th anniversary of the A-bomb. Choreographer : Philippe Chehere. Producer : Masae Yuasa.

2009 - 2014 Éloge du mouvement, choreographic documentary directed by david gil. France. Eloge of Movement traces the first ten years of HD Project – Huntington, Disability and Dance, contemporary dance workshops and performances designed for individuals affected by Huntington Disease. These ten years opened new doors of investigation as doctors at ICM (Institute of the Brain and Spinal Cord) launched a protocol of neuroscientific research to measure the contribution of dance for those affected by Huntington. Collaboration with Philippe Chehere and Julie Salgues. Screened by France Télévisions, Cinema Le Grand Action Paris during the Week of the Brain, during the 8th European Huntington’s disease Network Plenary meeting in Barcelona and during the Week of the Handicap at Micadances Paris. With the support of neurologist Dr. Alexandra Durr (ICM) and Psychologist Marcela Gargiolo (Hospital Pitié-Salpêtrière).

2009 - 2013 Playhouse, experimental short film written and directed by david gil. USA. Produced by Tara Shea aAnanda. With the support of Parker Playhouse, Fort Lauderdale.

2013 Color Theory II, performative paintings by david gil. Exhibited at Select Art Fair during Art Basel Miami Beach. USA.

2012 Color of self confidence, Writer, director and creative producer of an animated short film commissioned by Moët Hennesy Louis Vuitton. Paris, France. Creative direction brief for Sephora Europe 2013 Where Beauty Beats print ad campaign produced by BETC.

2005 - 2012 Unwanted, Short art film written and directed by david gil. France.

2011 Color theory, performative paintings by david created during a live performance at Burst Art Fair Project during Art Basel Miami Beach. USA.

2011 Creative directon for Fauré Le Page. 21, rue Cambon. Paris, France. Archival research for the revival of a fashion luxury house. Mens and womens accessory design. Active participation to the flagship store architecture design.

2009 - 2010 Hansel and Gretel, play style short art film co-written and co-directed by david gil. Collaboration with Mary Jordan and Arnaud Bouchard. France.

2010 Anonymous and Confession, photographic series co-written and co-directed by david gil. Collaboration with Dominik von Schulthess and Aurore Tomé. France.

2008 - 2010 The last supper, short art film co-written and co-directed by david gil. Collaboration with Arnaud Bouchard. Music by John Zorn Film Works III. France. Screened by Diane Pernet at the Pompidou Center

2009 - 2010 Creative direction for ...a moment in... ephemeral collection belonging to bvba 32 (Ann Demeulemeester and Haider Ackermann). Antwerpen, Belgium. Mens and womens ready to wear and accessory design. Conception and execution of ad campaigns and fashion week press events. Paris press office liaison.

2008 Curator. Trilogy, human size tryptic scupture. Collaboration with Olivier Goulet, Marc Gassier, Thomasine Giesecke, Isabelle Tournoud and Didier Legros. Femmes Héroïques collective exhibition at Musée de l’Homme. France.

2007 - 2008 Art director for Première Vision, the world’s premiere fabric show. Paris, France. Projects Masculin Pluriel (market research on menswear commissioned to Risk International and IFM) and Men Under Construction (illustrated book published by Editions du Regard): Execution, analysis and synthesis of interviews with menswear influencers in Europe and USA.

2008 Sk-Interfaces collective exhibition. Fact, Foundation for art and creative technology. Liverpool European capital of Culture. England. Social condom (2006) Latex sculpted impermeable skin. Collaboration with Olivier Goulet.

2007 Curator. Roots (Exhibition) and Portrait of my time (live performance) at the Wynwood art district during Art Basel Miami Beach. USA. Collaboration with Clement Borderie, Olivier Goulet, Thomasine Giesecke, Arnaud Bouchard, Aurore Tomé, Dominik von Schuelthess, Vincent Gagliostro, Tara Shea aAnanda and Nikki Pike

2007 Seven weeks, glass sculpture commissioned by the Centre International d’Art Verrier. Collaboration with Thomasine Giesecke. France.

2007 SkinBag, window installation. Commissioned by 107 Rivoli, Musée des Arts Décoratifs. France.

2007 Génération IFM. Collective Exhibition Commissioned by Galerie des Galeries. Galeries Lafayette. France.

2006 What is real?, Carte Blanche to david gil by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. Collaboration with Olivier Goulet, Marc Gassier, Thomasine Giesecke, Paul Luis Duranton, Carlos Torres, Nicolas Babinet, Dan Salzmann and Auroré Tomé. France.

2006 Luxury of rag?, haute couture collection. Consecutive Nomination to the Sommet du Luxe et de la Creation under category Audacity. France.

2006 3.2.1., ready to wear collection. Commissioned by 1.2.3. as part of the Festival of Hyères Award. France.

2005 The muscle of terror, sterling silver and ivory cameo sculpture. Collaboration with Arthus Bertrand Jewelers and Marc Gassier. Nominatation to the Sommet du Luxe et de la Creation under category Audacity. France.

2005 Bullet proof heart, stratified glass with laser cut human heart. Collaboration with Thomasine Giesecke. Fédération Français des Professionnels du Verre Plat. OEuvre d’Art Award. XX ans du Musée. Group Exhibition. Musée d’Orsay in Paris. France

2005 20th International Festival of Hßyères, France. City of Hyères Award and 123 award. France. One second (Live performance) and 79.934.321 (Haute Couture collection)

2003 - 2004 Product development, image and visual merchandising for Richemont. Alfred Dunhill. Project 15, rue de la Paix. Paris, France. Heritage store concept development, architecture restoration, visual merchandising, window installations, press events, ad campaigns and Museum exhibitions. Menswear, jewelry and accessory design.

2002 International Design internship. L’Oréal Produits de Luxe. Shu Uemura Europe. Levallois Perret, France.

2002 Luxury Management. Institut Français de la Mode (IFM). Paris, France.

2000 - 2001 Assistant Designer. Emanuel Ungaro, Dominique Sirop (France), Jose Enrique Oña Selfa (Belgium).

1999 Model Making. Écoles de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. France.

1996 - 1998 Design. International Fine Arts College. Graduated with honors. Miami, USA.