New publication: /Aksioma brochure #09/, Ljubljana 2011
/*Bruce Sterling: Sculpting the Flow of Reality*/
Stories, interventions, tactics and concepts of social realities
designed and perpetrated by the new media artist Paolo Cirio will be
displayed together for the first time in a solo exhibition at the new
*Aksioma | Project space*.
The core of this exhibition will be the opus of new media projects
realized by the artist in the last years, including /*Face to
Facebook*//(2011)/, /*P2P Credit Cards -- Gift Finance*//(2010)/ and
/*Open Society Structures*/ (2009).
All these art pieces are conceived and performed in our advanced
Information Era, in which media are hybridized, scattered, and blurred
with the real, they are networked though, and they work through
participation of the users.
Cirio's works spot this media context, revealing information as
ontological basis: specific devices, languages or techniques of media do
not really count anymore, it is the art of orchestrate and structure
information by networked media that emerges as major matter.
Consequentially, these art works question how specific arrangements and
processes of information can vary the construction and perception of
cultural, political and economic realities. They investigate on
information as raw material and how to structures it to depict and
confront the power of media. In Cirio's works the layers of the media
complexity are organically composed, displaying his sophisticated
structures able to destabilize powerful firms or design worthy realities.
Every work exhibited in the show is installed as offline mixed media
installations. These art installations render sophisticated media hacks,
fabrication of narratives and insightful paradigms in objects, videos,
pictures and illustrations, in which the audience can enjoy concepts and
actions which originated the art works.
More about the exhibited works below!
*About the author *
*Paolo Cirio* is a tactical media artist who actually living in London
and working internationally. He hacks and orchestrates media through
videos, coding, websites, social media, printed media, interventions in
public spaces, characters enacted by actors, audience participation and
accurate researches, in order to create edifying narratives,
controversial provocations and tacking social issues. His primary
inspiration is in corporate and state interventionism through the use of
information power, which is depicted and interpreted in his radical and
controversial art works.
Paolo was part of [epidemiC] net-art collective (design of the virus
/*Biennale.py*/, 49th Venice /Biennale/, Slovene Pavilion) and has
collaborated with many other pivotal figures of net-art and street-art
scene, like Bruce Sterling, Ubermorgen.com, RTMark, Alessandro Ludovico,
He has been awarded with the *Transmediale award* (2008), the
*Stuttgarter Filmwinter award* (2007) the *Media Award St. Gilgen
school* (2006); *Comission Rhizome* (2005) and received the honorary
mentions at *Ars Electronica* (2005).
Artistic director: Janez Jans(a
Executive producer: Marcela Okretic(
Public relations: Mojca Zupanic(
Technical support : Valter Udovic(ic'
Thanks: Alessandro Ludovico, Geoff Cox, MGLC Ljubljana
/*Supported by The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and
the City of Ljubljana - Department of Culture*/
/Sponsor: Datacenter d.o.o./
The /*Face to Facebook*/ is the media hack of Facebook.com, where its
data has been radically reprocessed to construct new controversial
structures. Like in the former Cirio's projects /Amazon Noir /(2006) and
/Google will Eart Itself/ (2005), realized together with Alessandro
Ludovico and Ubermorgen.com, the development of smart software has given
the possibility to criticize and put in crisis the monopolistic use of
data of the most powerful internet companies. In the show these projects
will be depicted by objects that conceptually document the process of
the actions and by diagrams of the algorithms of the hack.
The /*P2P Credit Cards - Gift Finance*/ project proposes an alternative
beneficial economy by issuing a visionary type of credit cards. This
action addresses critical issues about the recent recession and finance
regulations, especially related to the virtualization of money due
electronic payments and online trading. This project looks at money as
informational entities, which can be manipulated to redefine economies
and distribute wealth equally. The art installation of this piece is
composed by the credit cards and the diagram which illustrates how the
Gift Finance works.
The /*Open Society Structures*/ piece outlines society organization like
software designs. It uses the paradigm of information processing of the
algorithms for social problem solving. This resulted in three Plexiglas
black boards in which the audience can read sophisticated algorithms of
taxonomies structured in order to have a utopian society constitution.
Marcela Okretic(, 041 250 830, aksioma4@siol... *Aksioma | Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana*
Neubergerjeva 25, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
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