Artist Talk: Paolo Cirio
Join us for an evening with new media artist Paolo Cirio. Over the last decade, Paolo Cirio has created works utilizing information available on the web to investigate and question the flow of power in a networked society.
Date and Time: Wednesday March 19th, 7:10pm
Location: HW 714
Recent works include "Loophole4All" that reveals the names of over 200,000 Caymans Island companies that use offshore accounts as tax havens. Street Ghosts" consists of life-sized pictures of people found on Google's Street View printed and posted at the same spot where they were taken. "Lovely-Faces.com" is a fake dating site composed of scraped Facebook profile images filtered by face-recognition software to generate couples based on facial expression characteristics. A 2011 CNN article describes the project and legal dispute with Facebook: http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/europe/02/11/artists.facebook.project/
Excerpt from Paolo Cirio's Artist Statement
My work investigates informational power over contemporary society. I'm particularly interested in how specific arrangements of information influence the creation and perception of political, cultural and economic reality, as well as personal emotional states, interpersonal relationships and instinctive human behavior. Through cognitive, sociological and political approaches, my work looks at the contemporary transformations brought about by new trends in communication and media. The profusion of media and the enormous consumption and production of information nowadays is the exciting field where my artistic creations address the mediated reality of specific audiences. I create works of art as attractive devices to engage broad audiences in reflections on the power of information and media.
Learn more about Paolo's work at: http://paolocirio.net/