Born in 1971 in Paris, France. Lives and works in Paris and Montreal.
Since the mid-1990s, Gregory Chatonsky has been working on the Web and mainly on his affectivity, leading him to question the identity and new narratives that emerge from the network.
From 2001, he began a long series on dislocation, aesthetics of the ruins and extinction as an artificial and natural phenomenon.
Over the years, he has turned to the ability of machines to produce results that resemble a human creation in an almost autonomous way.
These issues have become convergent thanks to the “artificial imagination” that uses the data accumulated on the Web as learning material to produce a similarity. In the context of a probable extinction of the human species, the network appears as a desperate attempt to create a monument in anticipation that would continue after our disappearance.
Grégory Chatonsky has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in France, Canada and abroad, including Terre Seconde (2019) at Palais de Tokyo, Je ressemblerai à ce que vous avez été (2019) at Tanneries, France Electronique (2018) in Toulouse, Terre/mer/signal (2018) at Rua Red Dublin, Imprimer le monde (2017) at Centre Pompidou, Capture: Submersion (2016) at Arts Santa Mònica, La condition post-photographique (2016) at Montréal, Walkers: Hollywood afterlives in art (2015) at Museum of the Moving Image in New York, Telofossils (2013) at MOCA Taipei, Erreur d’impression (2012) at Jeu de Paume.
He has been in residence in Cité Internationale des Arts (2019-2020), Icade (2018-2019), Abu Dhabi (2017), Taluen in Amazonian forest (2017), Colab in Auckland (2016), Hangar in Barcelona (2016), IMAL (2015), Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto (2014), CdA Enghein-les-Bains (2013), MOCA Taipei (2012), 3331 Arts Chiyoda in Tokyo (2012), Xiyitang, Shanghai, (2011), Les Inclassables in Montréal (2003), Abbaye royale de Fontevraud (2002). He received the Audi Talents Award in 2018 and is a resident at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2019-2020.
In 1994 he founded Incident.net, one of the first netart collectives. He has taught at Le Fresnoy (2004-2005), at UQAM (2007-2014) and is an artist-researcher at the École Normale Supérieure de Paris. In 2019-2020, he is artistic director of a research-creation program at Artec. He is also artistic director of the Imago Research Centre (ENS, ENSBA and UNIGE)