Artist and scenographer Normand Hamel studied painting and sculpture at Concordia University and the Université de Montréal (1979-1981), medieval history at the Université de Montréal (1982), art history at the Université du Québec à Montréal (1985) and scenography at the National Theatre School of Canada (1991-1994). In addition to theatre scenographies, he has developed performances such as his presentation at the 2002 Shawinigan Festival de théâtre de rue. He has also exhibited his work in numerous solo and group shows, including Entre la magie et la panique at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and Dans 10 ans l’an 2000 at the Maison de la culture du Plateau Mont-Royal. Reminiscent of model set designs, his pieces abound with hidden spaces that remain indiscernible until the viewer looks more closely. In 1983, in collaboration with Patrick Henley, he published a book on image manipulation (anamorphosis) entitled Syndrôme.