BIO
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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EVENT

200k Caymans companies hijacked to democratize offshore business - Press Release


Dates:
Fri Feb 15, 2013 08:45 - Thu Feb 28, 2013

Loophole for All - Loophole4All.com
Press Release. NYC, 15th February 2013.

Paolo Cirio, contemporary artist and pirate, hacked the governmental servers of the Cayman Islands and stole a list of all the companies incorporated in the country, making it public for the first time. Now on Loophole4All.com he is selling the identities of those companies at a low cost to democratize the privileges of offshore businesses.

Paolo hijacks the identities of more than 200,000 companies registered in the Cayman Islands by moving their addresses to his Caymans mailbox and issuing counterfeited certificates of incorporation from the Caymans company registry. This massive corporate identity theft benefits from the anonymous nature of those companies since the real owners’ secrecy allows anybody to impersonate them. In short, this project turns the main feature of offshore centers into a vulnerability.

Through Loophole4All.com, anyone can hijack a Caymans company, from 99¢ for a certificate of incorporation for a real company to $49 for a mailbox in the offshore country with mail rerouting. Finally, small businesses and middle class people can invoice from the major offshore centers and avoid unfair taxes, legal responsibility and economic disruption in their own indebted home countries, in a form of global civil disobedience.

For this operation, the artist set up a company in the City of London as a shield for legal persecution and to compete in the market against offshore centers. He utilizes aggressive business strategies for a political work of art and reverses corporate machination for creative subversive agendas. With the money generated by selling companies' identities, Paolo plans to expand his business into Bermuda, Jersey, the Seychelles, and Delaware, among others.

Further, Paolo Cirio interviewed major experts and produced a video documentary investigating offshore centers, where he shares his extensive research and conclusions about offshore business:
http://Loophole4all.com/doc.php

In the offline art installation, the paper trail of the project is displayed with prints of the documents of the scheme set up for the operation. Ultimately, the installation will be a low cost identity shop for offshore companies, and in doing so democratize both offshore business and the sale of subversive works of conceptual art.

Watch the introductory-meme video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qGg7YIvnMQ
Quick notes:
- The Cayman Islands are second only after Switzerland in the global Financial Secrecy Index.
- The Caymans state is considered to be one of the major offshore centers for high finance and the global economy.
- Among the several thousand anonymous companies in the Caymans you will find most of the major global multinationals, Chinese businesses, criminal organizations and all the major global banks.
- There is neither real money in the Caymans nor a real market. Caymans companies are only booked on paper.
- The Cayman Islands is a British crown colony situated 150 miles south of Cuba in the Caribbean Sea.

In the next months you will find Paolo Cirio's works at:
- Public Private exhibition at Kellen Gallery of The New School, New York - U.S.
- The Big Picture, exhibition at Contemporary Museum of Denver, Colorado - U.S.
- MediaCities festival, exhibition, Buffalo - U.S.
- Eastern Bloc festival, exhibition, Montreal - Canada
- ISEA 2013, keynote, Sydney - Australia

Thanks for the attention.
http://PaoloCirio.net


OPPORTUNITY

1 million American Twitter users exposed to political judgment on PERSECUTING.US


Deadline:
Tue Nov 27, 2012 00:00


One million U.S. Americans are sorted by political affiliation and exposed to public persecution in the aftermath of the 2012 presidential election.
http://PERSECUTING.US

For months, Paolo Cirio secretly stole data from Twitter.com on over one million Americans. Using a sophisticated sifting process, he determined the political affiliation of those people and scored their public statements and social connections in terms of the likelihood that they aligned with a political position.
http://persecuting.us/_index.php?about=how

The result is a database on the website Persecuting.us with one million U.S. americans sorted by political affiliation, and therefore exposed to the danger of future public persecution.
Persecuting.us offers a platform where everyone can take part in a participatory model pushed to extremes, engaging people in surveying and persecuting each other in a form of info-civil-war of political polarization, which can potentially erupt into defamation, intimidation and oppression of domestic enemies.

This art project is a massive citizen-sorting database organized along political lines, much like the private holdings that have amassed databases of voters in order to influence and monitor the electorate.
http://persecuting.us/_index.php?about=socialsorting

During the last election, Twitter was used to track down people’s opinion, promote candidates by buying trending topics in public debates and invite citizen participation through tweeting their political statements. However, Twitter is a private company which monitors, manipulates and sells data on personal and public trends.
http://persecuting.us/_index.php?about=antisocialmedia

This project breaks boundaries in art transgression with a Social Sculptural Performance made by a mass of people arranged and involved in an artwork without their permission. The accidental participants become part of a transformative spectacle with an unsettling narrative.
http://persecuting.us/_index.php?about=socialsculpturalperformance

The offline art installation evokes the activity of wiretapping the Internet to identify political activities. Through an audio installation the audience at the exhibition space can listen to an over-two thousand hour-long track of robotic voices reading selected statements of US citizens sorted by their political involvement.

Persecuting US is the third project by Paolo commenting on contemporary privacy issues. Just two months ago, Street Ghosts, a project about Google Street View, generated media attention and concern worldwide. In 2011, Face to Facebook hit over one thousand worldwide media outlets just one week after its publication.

Paolo is currently busy with a new project about global offshore finance that will be published shortly.

Thanks for the attention.
Paolo Cirio.
http://paolocirio.net


OPPORTUNITY

1 million American Twitter users exposed to political judgment on PERSECUTING.US


Deadline:
Tue Nov 27, 2012 00:00


One million U.S. Americans are sorted by political affiliation and exposed to public persecution in the aftermath of the 2012 presidential election.
http://PERSECUTING.US

For months, Paolo Cirio secretly stole data from Twitter.com on over one million Americans. Using a sophisticated sifting process, he determined the political affiliation of those people and scored their public statements and social connections in terms of the likelihood that they aligned with a political position.
http://persecuting.us/_index.php?about=how

The result is a database on the website Persecuting.us with one million U.S. americans sorted by political affiliation, and therefore exposed to the danger of future public persecution.
Persecuting.us offers a platform where everyone can take part in a participatory model pushed to extremes, engaging people in surveying and persecuting each other in a form of info-civil-war of political polarization, which can potentially erupt into defamation, intimidation and oppression of domestic enemies.

This art project is a massive citizen-sorting database organized along political lines, much like the private holdings that have amassed databases of voters in order to influence and monitor the electorate.
http://persecuting.us/_index.php?about=socialsorting

During the last election, Twitter was used to track down people’s opinion, promote candidates by buying trending topics in public debates and invite citizen participation through tweeting their political statements. However, Twitter is a private company which monitors, manipulates and sells data on personal and public trends.
http://persecuting.us/_index.php?about=antisocialmedia

This project breaks boundaries in art transgression with a Social Sculptural Performance made by a mass of people arranged and involved in an artwork without their permission. The accidental participants become part of a transformative spectacle with an unsettling narrative.
http://persecuting.us/_index.php?about=socialsculpturalperformance

The offline art installation evokes the activity of wiretapping the Internet to identify political activities. Through an audio installation the audience at the exhibition space can listen to an over-two thousand hour-long track of robotic voices reading selected statements of US citizens sorted by their political involvement.

Persecuting US is the third project by Paolo commenting on contemporary privacy issues. Just two months ago, Street Ghosts, a project about Google Street View, generated media attention and concern worldwide. In 2011, Face to Facebook hit over one thousand worldwide media outlets just one week after its publication.

Paolo is currently busy with a new project about global offshore finance that will be published shortly.

Thanks for the attention.
Paolo Cirio.
http://paolocirio.net


DISCUSSION

1 million American Twitter users exposed to political judgment on PERSECUTING.US



One million U.S. Americans are sorted by political affiliation and exposed to public persecution in the aftermath of the 2012 presidential election.
http://PERSECUTING.US

For months, Paolo Cirio secretly stole data from Twitter.com on over one million Americans. Using a sophisticated sifting process, he determined the political affiliation of those people and scored their public statements and social connections in terms of the likelihood that they aligned with a political position.
http://persecuting.us/_index.php?about=how

The result is a database on the website Persecuting.us with one million U.S. Americans sorted by political affiliation, and therefore exposed to the danger of future public persecution.
Persecuting.us offers a platform where everyone can take part in a participatory model pushed to extremes, engaging people in surveying and persecuting each other in a form of info-civil-war of political polarization, which can potentially erupt into defamation, intimidation and oppression of domestic enemies.

This art project is a massive citizen-sorting database organized along political lines, much like the private holdings that have amassed databases of voters in order to influence and monitor the electorate.
http://persecuting.us/_index.php?about=socialsorting

During the last election, Twitter was used to track down people’s opinion, promote candidates by buying trending topics in public debates and invite citizen participation through tweeting their political statements. However, Twitter is a private company which monitors, manipulates and sells data on personal and public trends.
http://persecuting.us/_index.php?about=antisocialmedia

This project breaks boundaries in art transgression with a Social Sculptural Performance made by a mass of people arranged and involved in an artwork without their permission. The accidental participants become part of a transformative spectacle with an unsettling narrative.
http://persecuting.us/_index.php?about=socialsculpturalperformance

The offline art installation evokes the activity of wiretapping the Internet to identify political activities. Through an audio installation the audience at the exhibition space can listen to an over-two thousand hour-long track of robotic voices reading selected statements of US citizens sorted by their political involvement.

Persecuting US is the third project by Paolo commenting on contemporary privacy issues. Just two months ago, Street Ghosts, a project about Google Street View, generated media attention and concern worldwide. In 2011, Face to Facebook hit over one thousand worldwide media outlets just one week after its publication.

Paolo is currently busy with a new project about global offshore finance that will be published shortly.

Thanks for the attention.
Paolo Cirio.
http://paolocirio.net

OPPORTUNITY

Street Ghosts - Exposing specters of Google Street View in real life Street Art


Deadline:
Fri Sep 21, 2012 19:55

STREET GHOSTS - http://StreetGhosts.net - Project by Paolo Cirio.
PRESS RELEASE. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.
NYC. September 20th 2012
In the hippest areas for Street Art in NYC, London and Berlin, life-sized pictures of people found on Google's Street View were printed and posted without authorization at the same spot where they were taken.

The posters are printed in color on thin paper, cut along the outline, and then affixed with wheatpaste on the walls of public buildings at the precise spot on the wall where they appear in Google's Street View image.

Street Ghosts has been a rigorous hunt for the most visible people on spooky buildings with walls available for art interventions. In the last 15 days more than 30 posters were posted on the walls of NYC, London and Berlin. The physical evidence of the ghosts' appearance may vanish quickly, but its documentation will remain forever.

Keep your eyes open! Street Ghosts hasn't ended, and it may appear soon in your city - maybe with your ghost!

Street Ghosts reveals the aesthetic, biopolitical, tactical and legal issues, which can be explored through the artist's statement and theoretical considerations:
http://StreetGhosts.net/index.php#theory

Paolo Cirio during the current and next months has exhbitions at:
ArtFutura 2012, exhibition at Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
TEA - Collective Wisdom at National Fine arts Museum in Taichung - Taiwan
7th Seoul International Media Art Biennale, exhibition, Seoul - Korea
New Technological Art Award, exhibition, Bruxelles - Belgium
Out of Control exhibition at Ars Electronica Center, Linz - Austria
And he is currently fellow at Eyebeam Art and Technology center in New York City.

Please keep in touch other two explosive projects will be out very soon!

Paolo Cirio - Media Artist
http://PaoloCirio.net