It should prove to be an intriguing experience. Plug your MP3 player into a wall on which YouTube videos of young girls dancing are projected. You make them boogie to the rhythms of your choosing. You are in control!
The multimedia artist Grégory Chatonsky has selected 157 sequences of teenage girls who have filmed themselves dancing in their bedrooms, all performing the same choreography. The faces, costumes and décors change, but the movements are always the same. The spectator pulls the strings of these digital puppets. Whether the music is lascivious or has a staccato rhythm, they dance to the prescribed beat in a piece that gleefully questions our relationship to new technologies and our desire to meddle in cyberspace.
Dance with Me is a downright playful space where the spectator becomes the DJ, choreographing virtual dancers. An invitation to direct the orchestra, if only for one song.
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Gregory Chatonsky has followed an eclectic path. Initially a painter, he is interested not only in art works but in discussions about art. He studied philosophy at the Sorbonne and multimedia art at the École des Beaux-arts in Paris. That combination led him to create digital art projects that question our connections to new technologies.
In 1994 he founded the collective incident.net, a site that queries the unpredictable and explores IT fiction. He has designed sites for Villa Medicis in Rome and the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and in 1999 was the recipient of a Mobius award for his Memories of the Deportation project. Extremely active on the international scene over the past decade, he is involved in several multimedia projects in Europe, the United States, Australia and China. Some of his works can be found in major institutions such as the Maison européenne de la photographie. A lecturer, researcher and author of several specialized articles, he has been teaching media arts at UQAM since 2006.
His installations surprise and impress by their technical virtuosity and the emotional response they trigger. His piece Notre mémoire was presented at the 2011 Biennale de Montréal, and he continues to research the narrative possibilities of new technologies.
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