Carlo Zanni
Since the beginning
Works in Mars Sierra Leone

Carlo Zanni was born in La Spezia (Italy) in 1975. Since the early 2000's his practice involves the use of Internet data to create time based social consciousness experiences investigating our life. He lives far from the worldliness of the art world while showing and screening his projects in venues worldwide 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; Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh; Science Museum, London.
He founded "People From Mars" to experiment new distribution models for video art and new media projects.
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Opening tonight in New York: THE PUBLIC PRIVATE

Wed Feb 06, 2013 18:00 - Wed Apr 17, 2013

New York, New York
United States of America

THE PUBLIC PRIVATE curated by Christiane Paul

The Public Private will be the first New York exhibition of
contemporary art to explore the impact of social media and new
technologies on the relationship between the public and private realm...

Paolo Cirio and Alessandro Ludovico
Eva and Franco Mattes
Jill Magid
Luke Dubois
Wafaa Bilal
Paolo Cirio
James Coupe
Ben Grosser
Carlo Zanni

February 7 – April 17, 2013
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 6, 6-8 pm
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Parsons The New School for Design
2 West 13th Street, New York

Opening reception: Wednesday, February 6, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Gallery hours: Open daily 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Thursday evenings until 8:00 p.m.; closed all major holidays and holiday eves
Admission: Free
Info: Please contact 212.229.8919 or visit

The Public Private will be the first New York exhibition of contemporary art to explore the impact of social media and new technologies on the relationship between the public and private realm. The artworks brought together in The Public Private—several presented for the first time in the United States—address these issues from psychological, legal, and economic perspectives and use strategies ranging from hacking to self-surveillance to reflect upon the profound changes in our understanding of identity, personal boundaries, and self-representation.

Works on view include Paolo Cirio and Alessandro Ludovico’s Face to Facebook, a multimedia installation of one million Facebook profiles, which were appropriated” by the artists, filtered using facial-recognition software, and then posted on a custom-made dating website sorted by facial expressions. Eva and Franco Mattes’ The Others is a video installation composed of 10,000 photos the Mattes have acquired through a software glitch that gives remote access to personal computer files. The core of the work is not just the presentation of these images, but the act of “stealing” and moving them from the private into the public realm.

Other artists and works represented in the gallery include Jill Magid’s Evidence Locker, Luke Dubois’ Missed Connections, Wafaa Bilal’s 3rdi, Carlo Zanni’s Self Portrait with Friends, James Coupe's Panoptic Panorama #2: Five People in a Room, Paolo Cirio’s Street Ghosts, and Ben Grosser’s Facebook Demetricator.

The Public Private is curated by Christiane Paul, an Associate Professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School and Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art.


Watch Rhizome's Nostalgic VHS History from 2001 -- and Donate for 2013!

This is a great doc !

I remember the days on Mercer st.
Mark Tribe kindly hosted a tube of paintings of mine for a while and I also had the pleasure to show my first piece at the FUN.

Thanks guys.

P.S.: any similar doc about the Media Z Lounge ?


The Artist Google Street View Photographed Twice

Short update to say that (I can't believe it) they just kicked me off the "Self Portrait With Dog", it happened today or while this article was on its way to be published, which is scary somehow.
Anyway, for those who still care, the big G left some traces of the old piece still available:
At this point I don't know for how long. So the DOG is now officially empty


Self-Portrait With Friends (i fannulloni)

Mon Nov 12, 2012 16:05 - Tue Dec 31, 2019

I'm happy to share with you my new project.

It's called "Self-Portrait With Friends (i fannulloni)"

and it follows another project from 2008, "Self-Portrait With Dog".

Yes, it happened again !!!

There is something weird within these Google Street Views, something I've never noticed. It seems that I'm gone from the previous spot:

while I'm still visible if you access the same section from the art
project. And you can browse it of course.

So, it's like Google is keeping Street View mappings from previous
years, but it shows only the latest one except you have an old address, like mine pointing to "self portrait with dog".

Are they working on a sort of Street View Time Machine to let the
people experience the world through older landscapes?

Anyone knows more about this?

Stay honest,

Carlo Zanni


MIA @ Art Night Pasadena

Fri Oct 12, 2012 15:10 - Sat Oct 13, 2012

Pasadena, California
United States of America

MIA presents a special exhibit for Art Night Pasadena

Art Night Pasadena is a city-wide art party.
MIA is taking over part of the Armory Center for the Arts for a one-night exhibition of five international video artists.


12 OCTOBER 2012

6-10 PM

- Simone Bailey
- Noah Coleman
- Jason Irla
- Margarida Sardinha
- Carlo Zanni

Curated by Alanna Simone


The Armory Center for the Arts

145 North Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, California 91103