I’ll be your mirror (Engheins-les-Bains)

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I’ll be your mirror [1]
Reflect what you are [2], in case you don’t know
I’ll be the wind, the rain and the sunset
The light on your door to show that you’re home
When you think the night has seen your mind [3]
That inside you’re twisted and unkind
Let me stand to show that you are blind [4]
Please put down your hands
’Cause I see you [5]
I find it hard to believe you don’t know
The beauty you are
But if you don’t let me be your eyes [6]
A hand in your darkness [7], so you won’t be afraid
When you think the night has seen your mind [8]
That inside you’re twisted and unkind
Let me stand to show that you are blind
Please put down your hands
’Cause I see you
I’ll be your mirror
reflect what you are [9])

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The exhibition I’ll be your mirror was held at the Centre des Arts d’Enghien-les-Bains from April to July 2014. It is introduced by the Velvet Underground song which certain phrases are isolated and correspond to installations presented. The lyrics are interpreted not as a love story but as discourse of machine addressing the humans.

The Internet has turned everybody into an artist. Anyone can now release online a video, a song or a movie for the entire world to see. This phenomenon has deeply affected the cultural industries, apparently still struggling to adjust to this new model. Grégory Chatonsky explores the limits of this model with I’ll Be Your Mirror, his new exhibition opening next month at the Centre des Arts of Enghien-les-Bains, near Paris. The entire show is based around a single project, Capture, a set of generative machines producing autonomously the songs of a fictitious rock band, as well as its music videos, books and merchandising. The programs respond to each other and continuously create to the point that no human being can consume its entire production. Our desire for consumption is aroused but we soon realize that this quest for endless consumption has no point. Complex and sensible, Grégory Chatonsky’s exhibition will change your perception of the world we live in.

PRESS:

Capture ( Louise Benson, Postmatter)
“Capture”: generative art pushed to its limits (Kevin Thome de Souza, Amusement)
Capture, l’air du temps (Marie Lechner, Libération)
«J’aime l’idée d’une machine obstinée» (Marie Lechner, Libération)
Miroir parabolique (Laurent Diouf, DigitalArti)

Avec / With Olivier Alary, Jean-Pierre Balpe et Dominique Sirois
Avec l’aide du CRSH
et du Conseil des Arts du Canada&lt