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Born in 1971 and with a strong theoretical background—philosophy, esthetics and visual arts at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne followed by Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)—Gregory Chatonsky belongs to the generation that began to explore the creative possibilities of computers and the Internet in the early 1990s.
In 1994, he founded Incident, a creative platform, website and collective that includes members Vadim Bernard, Marika Dermineur, Reynald Drouhin, KRN, Claude Le Berre and Julie Morel. As a CD-Rom designer (Mémoires de la déportation, Möbius Award in multimedia), then web designer (Villa Médicis, Centre Pompidou, MacVal…), and most recently teacher, Chatonsky has multiplied his experiences, sources of inspiration and activities, as if to confuse his followers.
As a pioneer of multimedia and Net Art, commuting between Paris and Montreal, Chatonsky
continues to question our time by confronting public and private, real and virtual, fluid and constant, through works that trouble or disorient viewers.
Nonetheless, Chatonsky’s multifaceted artworks are hardly limited to recycling the Internet as raw material, as demonstrated by I'll Be Your Mirror, a retrospective exhibition hosted by Centre des Arts d’Enghien-les-Bains in spring 2014.
Fading videos, fleeting, almost phantom images (Revenances), slow-motion, prevailing darkness, virtual entities (Capture), machines running on empty (Standard), unusable objects… Chatonsky’s works are expressed as interactive fictions (Sous terre, Se Toucher Toi) or crowd-sourced and generated online (La Révolution a eu lieu à New York, Ceux qui vont mourir), reflecting our society like mirrors.