He holds a philosophy master’s from the Sorbonne and a multimedia advanced degree from the Ecole nationale superieure des beaux-arts in Paris. He has worked on numerous solo and group projects in France, Canada, the United States, Italy, Australia, Germany, Finland and Spain.
In 1994, Chatonsky founded a net.art collective, incident.net and has taught at the Fresnoy (national modern art studio, France) and at UQAM’s school of visual and media art.
Chatonsky’s body of work, including interactive installations, networked and urban devices, photographs and sculptures, speaks to the relationship between technologies and affectivity, flow that define our time and attempts to create new forms of fiction.
Soundtracking my life
* My life like a playlist.
* A young woman in her room. She seems ill. Sometimes she is better. Sometimes she is worse. Each of her reaction seems to respond to a secret logic. As the day goes by, she hardly breathes, she relaxes, she gets up, she collapses. Everything starts over again. Somewhere else, people die, are injured, governments are overthrown, elections are won, raw material gets scarce, negotiations are being held, treaties are signed. Everything starts over again. The state of the world is a fiction which reacts in real time to the CNN news. The young woman gets worse or healthier depending on what happens in the world.
* On entering his birth date, the user receives a blend of white evolving to black that will last as long as his age. If he is 23, the blend will last 23 years starting with that moment. The blend will become 100% black when the person is 46.
* This work takes words in the Wordnet database and then insert those words in an generic sentence : « WE verb word NOT word ». The new sentence is illustrated by photographs taken in the website Flickr according to the words in the sentence. This words combination creates as many pseudo-artistic publicity slogans as we want.
* Throughout the city, metal plates are fixed on walls. On it is written a phone number followed by to figures. If we call the number, we can leave a message on an answering machine and describe what we see in front of us. We can also listen to other people’s messages describing the place we are standing at right now. On the internet, a dynamic map of the city allows us to surf through this body of urban voices.
Marathon.55 cache memory
* In Marathon Man the relation to the memory is represented by Dustin Hoffman’s race.
The projection is not predefined but based on the internet user’s connexion speed. The sequence is made of 55 images and once this image has been charged there’s no need to download it again because it’s in the cache which is on the user’s computer. Gradually the movie is faster since the images are in the user’s computer, the marathon man is running faster and faster until his race become steady.
The revolution tokk place in New York
* La révolution a eu lieu à New York is a fictional story generated in real time from an internet source. A text generator gives shape to an infinite novel bearing close resemblance to the work “Projet pour une révolution à New York”written by Robbe-Grillet in 1970: Ben Saïd walks on the streets of the American metropolis and plots something. Some words are associated to video fragments, others to sounds gleaned on the network and others are automatically translated into images using Google. The structured association of these heterogeneous elements generates a narrative flow simultaneous with the network flow.