Paolo Cirio is an artist working around the idea of manipulation of information’s power. His artworks unsettled Facebook, VISA, Amazon, Google, and NATO, among others. He won several awards such as Ars Electronica, Transmediale, etc., and his controversial projects are often covered by global media such as CNN, The Age, Der Spiegel, Libération, Apple Daily HK, etc.
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U.S. intelligence officials became graffiti on public walls - Paolo Cirio - OVEREXPOSED - Press Release

Wed May 06, 2015 00:00 - Mon Aug 31, 2015

Press Release. NYC, London, Berlin. May 6th 2015.

Stolen photos of U.S. intelligence officials became graffiti on public walls.

Artist Paolo Cirio disseminates unauthorized pictures of high-ranking U.S. intelligence officials throughout major cities. Cirio found snapshots of NSA, CIA, and FBI officers through social media hacks. He then spray-paints high-resolution reproductions of their misappropriated photos onto public walls, using his HD Stencils graffiti technique.
Everything about the project here:

Cirio is posting spray painted posters with interventions in New York City, London, Berlin and Paris. See the pictures of the interventions here:

Full Press Kit here:
Critical texts by Nato Thompson and Bruce Sterling. Project produced and presented by NOME on May 22nd in Berlin.

This artwork examines the Edward Snowden revelations and exposes some of the officials responsible for programs of mass surveillance or for misleading the public about them. The targeted intelligence officials in the Overexposed series are Keith Alexander (NSA), John Brennan (CIA), Michael Hayden (NSA), Michael Rogers (NSA), James Comey (FBI), James Clapper (NSA), David Petraus (CIA), Caitlin Hayden (NSC), and Avril Haines (CIA). Look at the stories and snapshots that Cirio assembled about the last decade’s most controversial figures in the U.S. intelligence community:

The unseemly photos exposed by Cirio were all taken in informal and private contexts, such as selfies, family celebrations, and intimate situations, and they were all taken by individuals external to the intelligence agencies.

Cirio’s political satire reveals the extent to which political authorities’ public images can always be captured on camera by the same system they seek to control. Overexposed derides the watchers through ridiculous pictures that they lost control of, turning the tables on them and their advocacy of mass surveillance and lax privacy practices.

Look at the theoretical essay concerning the conceptual artistic operation:

Overexposed also represents an historic moment of the unaccountability of war crimes during decades of unjustified military occupations marked by brutal extradition and torture programs, the employing of secretive drone attacks, the militarization of the Internet, and the degradation of civil liberties worldwide.

Overexposed will be on display starting May 22nd in Berlin at NOME. Paolo Cirio’s solo show will include the nine subjects of the Overexposed series, painted on canvas and photo paper as fine art crafts, on sale to support the artist’s activity.

Other news about Paolo Cirio’s work

Another Paolo Cirio’s solo shows, After Transparency, took place in Toulouse, France in April. The retrospective included four of the artist’s major artworks that raised questions about the notions of privacy and secrecy, as well as accountability and anonymity in the complexity of global democracy and economy. More about the show After Transparency:

About Daily Paywall
This recent controversial art intervention was just released in December. The art performance, with 60,000 articles stolen from major financial newspapers, was a great success, with a large audience participating in the conceptual economic model that pays people to get informed. On Christmas Day 2014, the's ISP took down domain name, database, and code of the online art project after receiving a complaint from Pearson PLC, the owner of Financial Times & The Economist. The same day, The Wall Street Journal terminated the subscription and banned the artist for violating their Terms of Service agreement. The aggressive legal letter from the British multinational, Pearson PLC, mentioned five international copyright laws that the artist transgressed for making his artwork. Read Pearson’s letter:
This conceptual short circuit on new economies over the control of information, knowledge, and education concluded the art performance, as Pearson PLC is the largest educational and publishing company in the world, monopolizing online degrees and educational testing in U.S. colleges and in several other countries. Watch the video presentation at FutureEverything festival:

About Loophole for All
The project is still a concern for the Cayman Islands and the global firms navigating the offshore centers to avoid taxes and legal accountability, often in total secrecy. The project also kept receiving a number of legal threats, while last year it received the first prize of Ars Electronica, the Golden Nica, in Linz in Austria. Pictures of the installation:
Loophole for All will be displayed in Basel, Switzerland, at HeK from end of May and it is currently shown at EMAF festival in Osnabruck and just presented at Royal Anthropology Institute in London.

About Global Direct
This recent artwork also received several reviews and is featured with a recent interview in the magazine, AfterImage:
The installation of Global Direct will be shown in Vancouver at ISEA this August.

About Persecuting US
The project with 1 million American Twitter profiles, sorted by political affiliation. This artwork becomes relevant again with the upcoming presidential election in the U.S. and the revelation of domestic spying by the NSA. It was recently shown at Utah MoCA and it will be at Modelab in New Zealand in June.

About Street Ghosts
The new Google Time Machine compromised some of the archive with over one hundred interventions worldwide with this project, yet the new feature also opens up new possibilities as now the Street Ghosts interventions themselves are being captured by Google camera. These cases will be shown at the installations at Apexart in NYC and CENART in Mexico City.

About Face to Facebook
After four years it’s still in display in several exhibitions, as currently at Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Madrid and at Apexart in NYC in June.

Thanks for the attention.

EVENT Wins Big Art Award and Turns into - Press Release

Mon Jun 02, 2014 00:00 - Mon Jun 02, 2014

Press Release. June 2nd 2014, NYC. Wins Big Art Award and Turns into

It's a pleasure to announce that Loophole for All won the Golden Nica, first prize of Prix Ars Electronica,
one of the most prominent awards from socially engaged media art - in Linz, Austria.

Shortly: The project exposed 215,000 anonymous companies in the Cayman Islands and attempted to sell their identities in order to democratize tax shields.

In one year received:
2 Cease and Desist letters from Chinese financial firms.
10 legal threats from business owners in the Cayman Islands.
12 articles in international newspapers.
1,000 orders made through the selling of companies.
700 USD made and lost through selling the identities of Cayman Island firms.
2 PayPal Account suspensions and a ban on trading.
25,000 investigative queries into the database of 215,000 entities.
900 subscriptions to the project’s newsletter with anonymous email addresses or from domains like:,,,, etc.

Unfortunately, PayPal didn't concede and I lost all the money that I earned from the selling of subversive artworks in a limited edition. In the meantime, my mailbox on the Cayman Islands appears to have been shut down and I haven’t received mail there in a few months. By the way, I am not making up a single detail of the project. Read the full story here:

There has finally been increased political pressure on the loopholes of anonymous companies, so I decided to move onto the next booming financial instrument that hasn’t yet been regulated, in fact my next project taps into the art market with a promising Smart model that allows everyone to collect art and increase the value of the collections.

Today, I introduce The platform offers a simple economic analysis of how value is created in contemporary art and proposes an innovative model that allows everyone to invest in art that matters with a new type of collectable object. Read more about the new model:

By turning offshore firms in art commodities, you can now buy artworks from once again. Become the only owner of unique historical artworks for 99 cents and up!

Have a look at the photos of the art installation of Loophole for All in the following exhibitions
Show at Aksioma - Institute for Contemporary Art in Ljubljana:
Show Unstable Territories at CCC Strozzina in Florence:
Show Global aCtIVISm at ZKM, Center for Art and Media, in Karlsruhe;
and Out of the Box at MAK, Museum for Applied Arts, in Vienna, some pictures:

A recent video interview in Slovenia on national TV:
A recent interview published on The Wild Magazine:
You can learn more about the project, its others exhibitions and publications here:

Follow new and upcoming artworks and shows

* Global Direct
This project introduces the idea of real-time participation in world wide governance. It's an ambitious project, which will be ongoing for a few months. It is a 2014 commission by Turbulence through the Jerome Foundation and It'll be shown at Kasa Gallery in Istanbul in June and at DOX Prague in November.

* Fingerprints Catalogue
This project is commissioned by Open Data Institute for shows at FutureEverything and Lighthouse in UK. It makes use of sophisticated browser tracking technology for an Anti-Social Sculpture. The fingerprints left on the catalogue and its artworks are collected for composing the display of the featured artworks.

* (W)orld Currency
A manipulation-proof currency through the creative formulation of an equation and a trading algorithm. It started through a commission at the Museumsquartier in Vienna and was shown in March at Borroworrob at HDLU in Zagreb, in September it'll be exhibited during the Digital Design Weekend at the V&A Museum in London.

* Street Ghosts
New photos of Street Ghosts published on the map in Barcelona - Zagreb - Lincoln - Sydney UTS and here a great video from The Influencers action In september it will be installed for Making the City Playable in Bristol, at the V&A Museum in London and Eternal September for Aksioma Institute and Škuc Gallery in Ljubljana.

* Face to Facebook
It's currently being shown in Big Bang Data at CCCB Museum in Barcelona and Out of Control at Ars Electronica Center in Linz. In these installations the audience can browse the epic dating website! The piece will be shown also at The Photographers’ Gallery in London during this summer.

* HD Stencils
It is an experiment with laser cutters and coding. This new technique for High Resolution stencils will be used with spray paint. A few painting will be shown in Berlin in 2015. While this summer you will see those graffiti on downtown's walls.

* Direct Democracy within the Internet at Left Forum
I curated this panel at the major Left-wing gathering in U.S. that investigated the potential and limits of enhancing democracy through the Internet at John Jay College, CUNY in New York City.

* Performing Change panels series
Don't forget to check out the video recordings of the panel series with 14 awesome speakers that I curated at Eyebeam in NYC last October.

* I've also written a new artist statement about working with contemporary social complexity this year. You can read it here:

There are also some video recording of lectures I gave recently:

Many thanks for reading.
With the promise of other new explosive top-secret projects this summer!
Paolo Cirio's press office.


Open Call - Currency as Space - Art & Design Competition and Exhibition

Sat Mar 01, 2014 00:00

Zagrab, Croatia

Open call: The exhibition BORROWORROB: In Search of Symmetry, in conjunction with the HDLU Treasury and Mint is holding an open call exhibition for the design of currency. Entrants are encouraged to design a paper currency or alternative for the geopolitics of space. 50 projects will be exhibited at the HDLU, 10 projects will be selected by an international panel for publication and commentary and receive an award. Deadline March 1st, 2014.

In what way can your currency be used for two different spaces? Could each side represent a different value or function? Could each side be used only in a specific location or space? What spatial distributions occur through the functions of your currency?

Currency: Currency is a space and at the same time a medium which distributes and spatializes things, people, money, and services in varying ways, with varying intensities, geographically and psychologically. The objects to which it was once tied (gold), has changed and will change yet again. Currency and space have quasi-fluid and quasi-stable functions. But a mechanism of exchange is not the same thing as the forces which have assembled it. How does one analyze those forces?

Exchange: What if those forces were never about equalizing relationships, mediating flow of goods and services, cancelling debts and promises, but rather a form of exchange in which something hidden is exchanged for something apparent, like a dream, as two sides of surface that never intersect? What if spatialization were the primary function of currency?

Space: Space is not homogeneous, it is composed of forces. There is a difference between entering space and leaving space, between acquiring space and losing it. Space is asymmetrical.

Asymmetry: The difference between what it takes to earn money and what it takes to spend it is also asymmetrical. The relationship between currency and space is not new, but its ability to distribute people, things, and relations are not always the same from place to place or from one historical moment to the next. So the question operating in this Open Call is how does currency spatializes people, their things, their relations? And how might that asymmetry be folded, doubled, inverted, and transformed into other functions?

Economic questions are not new as a form of artistic practice that shuttles between political and social research. But the variations of protest which many artists are drawn and which articulate economic, social, and political asymmetries, are simultaneously articulated as spatial conflicts which seek legitimacy and symmetry in relation to other forces in which space is opened and closed, bordered, claimed and distributed, tracked and counted, occupied and dispersed.

The HDLU Treasury and Mint will exhibit selected submissions during March 2014 in the PM Gallery. Submissions may be in the form of paper currency, installation or performance.

HDLU Treasury and Mint, Zagreb, Croatia Tijuana Border, Mexico, U.S.

Open Call: Currency for the conflict of space
Please register a name and email by February 21st at
*If multiple authors, please include all author names and just one email.
Registered participants will receive a serial number unique to their currency.
Opening Date for Submissions: January 15, 2014.
Submission Deadline: March 1st, 2014.

Technical Requirements and Submission Guidelines:
1. Paper Currency
A4 PDF with the front and back of the proposed currency design on one side of the A4.
2. Alternative Currency
Entrants can suggest other media for currency, installation or performance. Please describe or illustrate the currency on one side of an A4 sheet and the committee will install (or perform) the described currency or install the A4 sheet. Please format the directions or explanation in two columns of similar width and height on one side of the A4 sheet. Please include up to one additional page of directions for installation or performance.
3. Use of Currency
On one additional sheet, please describe in 100 words how the currency is to be used, what kind of space, and the spatial/geographical limits of its use.
4. Identification
Please identify in the lower left corner of each sheet the serial number that has been assigned to the entrant (or team).

Eligibility: Anyone is eligible to enter
Fee: None

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2014
Submission Process: Upload one pdf (no larger than 4 mb) to
Exhibition information contact:
Projects selected for the exhibition will be also be shown along with projects by artists Mladen Stilinović, Paolo Cirio, Peter Macapia, Peter Rostovsky, and others.
Themes of space, conflict of space, relation of space, two uses of space, etc., should be considered.
Entrants are encouraged to consider their own theme of space. . . as well as their own definition of space.
. . .
conflict of space
return of space
borrowing of space
spatializing of space
division of space
substitution of space
use of space
closure of space
opening of space
rearrangement of space
folding of space
creation of space
end of space
beginning of space
donation of space
hoarding of space
trade free zones
discretization of space (women’s bathroom/men’s bathroom)
. . .
Current Panel of Selection Committee and Respondents
Vito Acconci
Paolo Cirio
Dejan Kršić
Peter Macapia
Brett Scott
Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss
*This project and exhibition made possible by the generous support of FACE Croatia, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, and the HDLU Treasury and Mint.


PERFORMING CHANGE, talks at EYEBEAM on Oct. 19th. 4pm to 8pm. NYC.

Sat Oct 19, 2013 16:00 - Sat Oct 19, 2013

NYC, New York
United States of America

Panel series: Performing Change.
Saturday October 19th from 4–8pm. At EYEBEAM, Chelsea. New York City.

Live lectures and discussions on Ontologies of Media Art Interventions; Tactical Fiction for Alternative Realities; The Art of Performing Political Innovation; Performing Alternative Art Economies.

Featuring speakers: Vito Acconci, Wafaa Bilal, Stephen Duncombe, Peter Macapia, Carne Ross, George E. Sánchez, Denisse Andrade Arévalo, Mark Amerika, Marisa Jahn, Lina Srivastava, Laurel Ptak, Carlo Zanni, Jose Serrano-McClain.
Curated and organized by Paolo Cirio.

Details and full schedule of the panel series:

Performing Change will be held in tandem with What Do We Do Now?
At EYEBAM on October 18th and 19th.
The Alternatives Fair offers direct access to and dialogue around numerous resources in NYC that provide alternative economic models for artists, art workers, and more—based on practices of mutual aid and cooperation. Alternatives Fair organized by Arts & Labor Alternative Economies Group. More details here:

Performing Change features panels intended to inspire alternative aesthetics, interventionist tactics and economic models for critical art practices. In a time in which the conventional economic, social and culture values are in crisis, there is a need for new strategies and points of reference in art and politics, while diversifying resources for living and producing meaningfully.

Ontologies of Media Art Interventions – 4:00PM
Speakers: Vito Acconci, Stephen Duncombe, Wafaa Bilal. Moderator: Peter Macapia.

The talk will consider the practice of media art interventions through the lens of performance art – examining a number of Vito Acconci’s projects and The First Work of Media Art in 1968, which was an art performance consisting of pure information staged in the mass media. Wafaa Bilal’s provocative performances with new media will make the case for today’s expanded notions of space, body and audience, as flows of informational entities orchestrated over digital networks still affect physicality. Stephen Duncombe will present others form of performative media interventions for socially engaged art that he studied and fostered for decades. Artist, scholar and curator Peter Macapia will facilitate a discussion among the speakers to define informational bodies and arenas through post-structuralist theories.

Tactical Fiction for Alternative Realities – 5:00PM
Speakers: Lina Srivastava, Marisa Jahn, Mark Amerika. Moderator: Paolo Cirio.

The talk will explore the potential of inventive forms of storytelling to penetrate and change reality. Captivating plots and characters who perform via pervasive media can actively engage the public in alternative scenarios that inform, educate and inspire. Lina Srivastava will introduce Transmedia Activism in order to design social change through storytelling in NYC. Mark Amerika, a pioneer of interactive fiction, will explain the critical qualities of mediated realities and his recent transmedia fiction within the art world and its fads. Writer and artist Marisa Jahn will tell the story of the living legend of El Bibliobandido, which was produced in a region of Honduras with an 80% illiteracy rate.

The Art of Performing Political Innovation – 6:00PM
Speakers: Carne Ross, George E. Sánchez, Denisse Andrade Arévalo. Moderator: Paolo Cirio.

The talk will examine forms of political innovation as a potential art form. During accelerated ideological and economic crises, society still possesses powerful tools and knowledge that can be applied towards radical social change as never before. Today, reinventing social structures is a crucial creative challenge, which is a process of experimentation dedicated to a renewed political project. Carne Ross will discuss a form of participatory radical democracy through decentralized leadership and alternative banking. Performer George Emilio Sánchez will present projects that engage with participatory budgeting and learning through performances as a means to foster social engagement. Curator Denisse Andrade Arévalo will talk about art practices that, from a critical standpoint, evoke collectivity and suggest an engagement with - directly or indirectly - oppositional movements.

Performing Alternative Art Economies – 7:00PM
Speakers: Laurel Ptak, Jose Serrano-McClain of Trust Art, Carlo Zanni. Moderator: Paolo Cirio.

The talk will look at cases of alternative economic models for contemporary art. In a time of high speculation in the secondary art market and with a shortage of funding for young artists, new models are emerging that challenge the notion of consuming and collecting art. Laurel Ptak will present ideas regarding mutual aid for art labor and critique of art economies, while Jose Serrano-McClain will introduce a new platform for sharing resources and means of production among artists. Carlo Zanni will present his project to experiment new distribution models for media art and to share revenues on the sale of artworks among the artists involved in the platform.

Bios speakers:

Ontologies of Media Art Interventions – 4:00PM

Vito Acconci’s design & architecture comes from another direction, from backgrounds of writing & art. His poems in the late 60’s treated language as matter (words to look at rather than through) & the page as a field to travel over; his performances in the early 70’s helped shift art from object to interaction; later in the 70’s, his installations turned museums & galleries into interactions between spaces & people; in the early 80’s, his architectural-units were meant to be transformed by users. Most of his early work incorporated subversive social comment. His performance and video work was marked heavily by confrontation and Situationism. By the late 80’s his work crossed over & he formed Acconci Studio, a design firm that mixes poetry & geometry, computer-scripting & sentence-structure, narrative & biology, chemistry & social-science. The Studio uses computers to give form to thinking; they use forms to find ideas. They make not nodes so much as circulation-routes, they design time as much as space. His work has been shown and collected by the major art museums worldwide.

Wafaa Bilal is Iraqi-born artist and Associate Arts Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, is known internationally for his on-line performative and interactive works provoking dialogue about international politics and internal dynamics. For his 2010-2011 project, the 3rdi, Bilal had a camera surgically implanted on the back of his head to spontaneously transmit images to the web 24 hours a day. Bilal’s 2007 installation, Domestic Tension, also addressed the Iraq war. Bilal spent a month in a Chicago gallery with a paintball gun that people could shoot at him over the internet. The Chicago Tribune called it “one of the sharpest works of political art to be seen in a long time” and named him 2008 Artist of the Year. Bilal suffered repression under Saddam Hussein’s regime and fled Iraq in 1991 during the first Gulf War and spent two years in refugee camps in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL; MALTAF: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar; amongst others.

Stephen Duncombe is an Associate Professor at the Gallatin School and the Department of Media, Culture and Communications of New York University where he teaches the history and politics of media and culture. He is the author of Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy and Notes From Underground: Zines and the Politics of Underground Culture amongst other books. He is a life-long political activist, co-founding a community based advocacy group in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and working as an organizer for the NYC chapter of the international direct action group, Reclaim the Streets. In 2009 he was a Research Associate at the Eyebeam where he helped organize The College of Tactical Culture. With funding from the Open Societies Foundations he co-created the School for Creative Activism in 2011, and is presently co-director of the Center for Artistic Activism. Duncombe is currently a Senior Research Fellow of Theatrum Mundi, an international consortium of artists, designers and scholars.

Peter Macapia is an architectural designer and artist, founder of labDORA, and adjunct assistant professor at Pratt. He focuses on advanced computational design and the politics of urban space. He has taught at Columbia University and Sci-Arc, as well as ESA Paris, TUS Tokyo, and TU Delft. His work is collected by such institutions as FRAC Orleans and published in Architectural Record, Log, Domus, A+U, and PinUp. He is currently preparing exhibitions in Guadalajara Mexico on immigration and space and Zagreb Croatia on economies of borrowing and robbing space. He is completing a book on the history of force in the work of Foucault and Deleuze. Macapia studied at RISD and Harvard, and received his PhD from Columbia.

Tactical Fiction for Alternative Realities – 5:00PM

Mark Amerika is a pioneer of net art and hypertext fiction since 1992. His work has been exhibited internationally at venues such as the Whitney Biennial of American Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, and the Walker Art Center. In 2009-2010, The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, Greece, hosted Amerika’s comprehensive retrospective exhibition entitled UNREALTIME. He is the author of many books including remixthebook (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) and his collection of artist writings entitlesd META/DATA: A Digital Poetics (The MIT Press, 2007). Amerika is a Professor of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Marisa Jahn is an artist, writer, and activist of Chinese and Ecuadorian descent. Jahn is the Executive Director of REV- (as in to rev an engine), a nonprofit studio whose public art projects combine creativity, bold ideas, and sound research to address critical issues. REV- is a women and minority-led team of artists, techies, media makers, low-wage workers, immigrants, and teens seeking to impact the immediate and long-term. A 2013 Open Doc Lab Fellow at MIT and former MIT graduate, Jahn’s work has been presented at venues such as The White House, Studio Museum of Harlem, Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center; received grants and awards such as Tribeca Film Institute’s New Media Fund, Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund; and received reviews in media such as ArtForum, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BBC, and more.

Lina Srivastava is a social innovation strategist, working at the intersection of social impact, transmedia storytelling, and design. Lina has been involved in social engagement campaigns for several documentaries, including Oscar- winning Born into Brothels, Emmy-nominated The Devil Came on Horseback, Oscar-winning Inocente, and Sundance-award winning Who Is Dayani Cristal?. The former Executive Director of Kids with Cameras, and the Association of Video and Filmmakers, Lina has taught design and social entrepreneurship at Parsons, The New School of Design, and is on faculty in the Masters of Fine Arts Program in Design and Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts.

The Art of Performing Political Innovation – 6:00PM

Carne Ross is a writer and political activist. A former British U.N. diplomat who resigned over the Iraq war, Carne founded and now leads Independent Diplomat, an expert team of former diplomats which advises democratic but marginalized governments and political groups so that their views are heard internationally. His recent book, The Leaderless Revolution, analyzes the current failure of governments and alternative forms of political organization, including anarchism. Carne has also been heavily involved in an Occupy Wall Street initiative to offer a new kind of banking – The Occupy Money Cooperative.

George Emilio Sanchez is a writer, performance artist and educator. For the past six years he has directed Henispheric Institute's Emergenyc program that aims to explore the intersection between arts and activism. Since 2011 he has worked with New York City Council Member Brad Lander's Participatory Budget Committee as a delegate and facilitator. He is the chairperson of the Performing and Creative Arts Department The City University of New York/College of Staten Island. He is currently collaborating with Patricia Hoffbauer on her piece, "Para-Dice" which will premiere at St. Mark's Church and Danspace in November. His most recent solo performance, "Buried Up To My Neck While Thinking Outside The Box" will be presented at the Bronx Museum of the Arts in fall 2014.

Denisse Andrade Arévalo is an activist, and an independent curator currently pursuing a PhD in Geography at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She also teaches at Hunter College. In 2012 Denisse co-curated the exhibition Creative Destruction at The Kitchen in NYC, regarding the economic recession and related global outcries.

Performing alternative art economies – 7:00PM

Laurel Ptak employs curatorial, artistic and pedagogical modes to critically attend to social and political dimensions of contemporary art and technology. Based in New York City, she is currently a fellow at Eyebeam, teaches in the Art, Media and Technology department at The New School and together with artist Marysia Lewandowska is co-editor of the recent book Undoing Property? which explores artistic practices in relationship to immaterial production, political economy and the commons, published by Sternberg Press in 2013.

Jose Serrano-McClain is an organizer and artist interested in the economics of the creative spirit. He started his career as an economic analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. In 2009 he co-founded Trust Art ( to experiment with economic models for public and socially-engaged artistic practice. In 2010, he joined the Queens Museum of Art in a unique role that reports to both the curatorial and community engagement departments of the museum, identifying opportunities for commissioned artist projects to make meaningful connections with community organizations in Corona. Through the museum, he is also one of the lead visionaries of Social Practice Queens, a partnership with Queens College to develop an MFA concentration in Social Practice. Jose has presented at the TED Conference in California, the Feast Conference in New York, and the Open Engagement conference in Portland. Jose graduated with a BA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001, where studied literature, theater, politics, philosophy, economics. Jose has done graduate work in architecture at Columbia University and is currently completing his MFA in Social Practice at Queens College.

Carlo Zanni is an Italian new media artist. Since the early 2000’s his practice involves the use of Internet data to create time based social consciousness experiences investigating our life. Carlo Zanni has shown worldwide in galleries and museums including: Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; New Museum, New York; Tent, Rotterdam; MAXXI, Rome; P.S.1, New York; Borusan Center, Istanbul; ACAF Space, Alexandria; PERFORMA 09, NY; ICA, London; Science Museum, London.

Curator's bio:

Paolo Cirio is a media artist known for his controversial and innovative artworks. Cirio explores the idea of information’s power through rearrangements of flows and structures of social, legal and economic networks. His artworks unsettled Facebook, VISA, Amazon, Google, Cayman Islands and NATO, among others. He won several awards such as Ars Electronica, Transmediale, Eyebeam fellowship among others and his projects are often covered by global media such as CNN, La Fox, Toronto Standard, The Age, Der Spiegel, Libération, Apple Daily HK, among many others. Cirio artworks has been presented in major art institutions such as at Museum of Contemporary Art Museum of Sydney and Denver, 2013; Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, 2012; Wywyższeni National Museum, Warsaw, 2012, SMAK, Ghent, 2010; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, 2009; Courtauld Institute, London, 2009; PAN, Naples, 2008; MoCA, Tapei, 2007; Sydney Biennial, 2007; NTT ICC, 2006 Tokyo; among others.


Street Ghosts in Brooklyn for 1Yr Celebration - Newsletter - PR

Mon Sep 16, 2013 14:15 - Sun Sep 22, 2013

New York
United States of America

Vice magazine just featured Street Ghosts project with an interview on the spot, while pasting illegal street art posters of pictures stolen from Google in Brooklyn:

Google's ghosts world wide tour started from Brooklyn one year ago, and now it's back with 7 new posters. Right there, right NOW! In Williamsburg and Bushwick, go to find them in person or browse on the map:

And also in Brooklyn, Google fell into the trap-meta-loop for the first time, taking pictures of its own pictures, with a Street Ghost photographed in Google Street View: - Pics of the ghost poster:

About Street Ghosts: Life-sized pictures of people found on Google's Street View printed and posted at the same spots where they were taken. Browse through the Map, which has the links to the original screenshots and to related photos documenting affixed posters. Or browse through photos of the ghosts. Or look at the project's website:

Street Ghosts project is worldwide and already hit global cities with more than 90 posters around:
Manhattan NYC, Brooklyn NYC, Denver, Buffalo, Montreal, London, Berlin, Stuttgart, Brussels, Lyon, Marseille, Bilbao, Sydney. In the next months the project will hit the streets of San Francisco, Hong Kong, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Ljubljana and Lincoln.

Street Ghosts project has been featured by several international newspapers, art, design and architecture magazines, as The Atlantic, Huffington Post U.S. & UK & IT, Daily Mail - UK, Toronto Standard - Canada, O Globo - Brazil, The Standard - Hong Kong, BILD - Germany, der Standard - Austria, NRC NL - Netherlands , Libération - France, TIME - U.S., Architizer - U.S., Creative Review - UK, ARTINFO - Australia, Among many others:

Street Ghosts is also often exhibited and supported by international art museums, institutions and festivals.
Next ones:
Trace Recordings for UTS Gallery, Sydney - Australia
Frequency festival at Usher gallery, Lincoln - UK
KIKK festival, Namur - Belgium
The Influencer for Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona - Spain
IDFA DocLab, Amsterdam - Netherlands
Aksioma | Project Space, Ljubljana - Slovenia
Past ones:
ISEA 2013, Sydney - Australia
Artists as Catalysts for Alhóndiga, Bilbao - Spain
Eastern Bloc festival, Montreal - Canada
MediaCities festival, Buffalo - U.S.
Drones / Birds: Princes of Ubiquit at The Digital Now, Brussels - Belgium
The Big Picture for Museum of Contemporary Art of Denver, Colorado - U.S.
Public Private for Kellen Gallery of The New School, New York - U.S.
ShowCase 2013 for Eyebeam, New York - U.S.
26. Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Stuttgart - Germany

Others upcoming shows with project and beyond:
Global aCtIVISm at ZKM, Karlsruhe - Germany
Unstable Territories, exhibition at Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina, Florence - Italy
It's The Political Economy, Stupid, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago - U.S.
&NOW, lecture at University of Boulder - U.S.
Royal College of Art, presentation, London - UK
Informational realities, lecture at University of Plymouth - UK

Other selected press converge about Paolo Cirio works:
- Interview on WIRED Italia: - Translated in english:
- The Feed, SBS World News, national TV, interview, Australia, 2013
- GRITtv, online TV, interview, U.S., 2013
- AlterNet, artist's article, U.S., 2013
- The Verge, interview, U.S., 2013

Thanks for the attention and thanks to everyone who contributed to make this happen!