Unlike is an exhibition designed by Thomas Cheneseau, artist and teacher in art of the media, which presents the question of the social networks and the digital identity under the angle of the artistic diversion. The exhibition gathers and explores for the first time works of international artists which appropriate Facebook by diverting, by confusing, by playing, by trivializing the initial tool through various creations (installations, 3D environments, experiments sound, musical clips, book, painting, web sites and plug-in for different browsers). Facebook is the dominant social network. At the moment it’s used by more than a billion users and look like an digital ID card for many of us. Artists are regularly connected to it and a number of them uses it as material and medium for their creation. The title of the exhibition Unlike has all its importance because these works are often critical in front of social network, and look like act of resistance against the codes, the limits of the interface and question our on-line presence. Thomas Cheneseau also created the Facɐbook page to realize this project.
Thomas Cheneseau pursues a work of sharing through communities artistic 2.0. It is with his diversion of the social network Facebook, via his personal profile, that he begins his work by producing series of screenshots (images and videos) and on-line performative activities. In 2011 during the Festival Future en Seine of Paris, Thomas Cheneseau gets noticed by creating and by marketing Le Profil Facebook de Marcel Duchamp. The researches of this young artist begun in School of art, pursued with professors as Jean-Louis Boissier in post-diploma at ENSAD, then Maurice Benayoun with the project IN/OUT with the laboratory CITU, become a reality by ambitious projects. He assures the first commissionership and the launch of the project Spamm in 2011, as well as a commissionership for Transnumériques in Brussels in 2012. He presented in particular his work during conferences at the Virginia Commonwealth University (US), at l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris (FR), at the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam (NL), at La Fabrique de Théâtre in Province de Hainaut (BE), at Gaité Lyrique Paris (FR), and participated in numerous exhibitions : Images Révélées at Sainte Croix Museum of Poitiers (FR), Pavillon Internet at Venice Biennale (IT), DVD Dead Drop at the Museum of Moving Image in New York (US), Regards d’artistes sur les médias sociaux at Cap Sciences in Bordeaux (FR), Digital Texture at Nomade Gallery in Hangzhou (CH), Ñewpressionism at The Swiss Institute in Milan (IT), Webplayers at PODFEST festival from Rio de Janeiro (BR), Festival GLI.TC/H in Chicago (US).