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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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.

For months, Paolo Cirio secretly stole data from 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.

The result is a database on the website with one million U.S. Americans sorted by political affiliation, and therefore exposed to the danger of future public persecution. 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.

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.

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.

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.


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

Fri Sep 21, 2012 19:55

STREET GHOSTS - - Project by Paolo Cirio.
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:

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


Tactical Trasmedia Fiction

Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:00 - Wed Aug 08, 2012

New York, New York
United States of America

Workshop Description: The workshop will explore ‘Cross Media’ practices for producing fiction, such as ‘Transmedia Storytelling’, ‘Alternate Reality Games’ and ‘Dispersed Fiction,’ and how these products are changing cinema, theatre, marketing and games through internet platforms and networked devices.

The workshop will introduce major exemplary productions in these practices, and international opportunities to present, raise funds and learn more about new developments.

The workshop will focus on how Transmedia storytelling can also be used for educational and political goals, engaging people in social change and raising awareness about real world problems.

Workshop Instructor: Paolo Cirio has been following and researching in the Cross Media field and related techniques for several years as a natural continuation of his studies in theatre and film theories, as well as his practices in net-art and radical media interventions. He has presented his theory of using tactical Transmedia fiction for activist purposes in several international conferences.

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If possible, bring your own Mac laptop
Minimum age: 18 or high school graduate.


Workshop: Scraping Political Data (Web Hacking Techniques)

Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:00 - Sun Jun 24, 2012

New York, New York
United States of America

Tuesday July 10, 11AM-5PM & Tuesday July 24, 11AM-5PM

Workshop Description: The workshop will introduce the basic philosophy and practical application of transparency activism through the use of smart hacks over web platforms. Ownership, privacy and the geopolitical use of data will be examined through case histories of ethical and legal issues with a special focus on financial and corporate data in relation to the recent financial meltdown and subsequent protests.

The workshop will seek to develop methodologies and mechanisms for exploring creative and unconventional uses of political data over the web. It will reveal smart ways to access data that is considered public but held hostage by its containers. The practical session of the workshop will introduce some simple software, coding, techniques and tricks to extract data from web servers through robots on clusters of machines or perpetual subroutines.

Access and fair use of Open Data is becoming pivotal for accelerating the development of our society and resolving the present dysfunctionalities. Although many governmental and private institutions have recently started to provide their rich data to the public, there is still much to fight in order to reach the level of transparency necessary for a new form of enhanced radical democracy. For instance the unsolved legal case of WikiLeaks made a historical point about the political power of information when it was opened up and fairly distributed thanks to information technology.

Software that will be explored during the workshop: IMacro, Fake, Scraperwiki, Beautiful Soup, Scrapy, etc.

Code that will be explored: PHP, Phynton, Sql, JavaScript, DHTML, etc.

Workshop Instructor: Paolo Cirio is well known for web-hacktivism through projects such as Face to Facebook, Google Will Eat Itself and Amazon Noir. He was part of the legendary Italian net-art collective Epidemic which has created visionary viruses and P2P software. At the age of twenty-two he was investigated by the Department of National Defense of Canada and the USA for his innovative DDOS attacks on NATO’s website though a Flash script.


If possible, bring your own Mac laptop.
Knowledge of coding is not necessary, but very welcome.
Minimum age: 18 or high school graduate.

Cost/Registration: Sign up by donating at the $210 level on our Kickstarter Campaign


Fix-It-Yourself: The Art of Creating Revolutionary Economic Models

Sat Jun 16, 2012 14:00 - Sat Jun 16, 2012

New York, New York
United States of America

Organized in collaboration with artist Paolo Cirio, 2012 Fellow at Eyebeam.

Inventing alternative forms of exchange for a fair economy is one of the most crucial creative challenges of our time. The current global economic models and monetary policy are intimating the collapse of the system itself, prompting a new understanding of the philosophical underpinnings of economic theory. The artists on the panel present distinct solutions to alter the way society shares wealth, exchanging resources, goods, and skills through visionary means of trade. In so doing, they propose revolutionary projects for social justice, countering the logic of profit and willful exploitation of instability and inequality.

The panel addresses the deep rooted problems with the conventions and tools of international finance such as the Special Purpose Vehicles, High-Frequency Trading, and even the Bretton Woods system, which has influenced the daily reality of the global population. The artists reject such nonsensical rules and strive to fix the system with new strategies of innovation and subversion, beyond the notions of debt, capital, and even money.

The panelists share their visions by discussing new local and digital currencies, barter schemes, fair finance instruments, and timeshare groups they have been involved in creating. An open debate with the audience follows the presentations. In this lively event, the audience gets involved in brainstorming, imagining, and finding solutions for a large-scale implementation of the models proposed by the artists.

Speakers include Paolo Cirio, Mary Jeys, Jessie Reilly, Gregory Sholette, and Caroline Woolard.

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. Paolo is a fellow at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center for the current year, where he is developing a project about offshore business structures among others.

Mary Jeys is a multi-media artist and activist. She founded the Brooklyn Torch Project, a local currency initiative for North Brooklyn in 2009 after receiving a small community grant from FEAST. The Brooklyn Torch Project has been featured in numerous media outlets including CNN, WNYC, NY Daily News, American Banker, and MSN Money.

Jessie Reilly has worked in the intersections of community arts, education, and activism over the past ten years nationally and internationally. Recently, she has been working on forming a network with over six time-banks. As an artist she enjoys exploring all of the different ways the arts can strengthen and celebrate communities, campaigns, and direct actions for social justice. As an activist she enjoys building resources and coalitions that work to strengthen and form viable alternatives to capitalism.

Gregory Sholette is an artist, curator, writer, a founding member of Political Art Documentation/Distribution and REPOhistory. His publications include Dark Matter: Art and Politics in an Age of Enterprise Culture, Collectivism After Modernism: The Art of Social Imagination after 1945, and The Interventionists: A Users Manual for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life. He is the co-curator of the exhibition It’s the Political Economy, Stupid. He is a member of Gulf Labor Coalition, the Institute for Wishful Thinking, the Art & Labor Working Group of OWS, and adviser for the new Home Workspace Program in Beirut, Lebanon.

From public seating and subway swings to collaborative projects with mycologists, architects, and designers, Caroline Woolard makes public projects that connect people. These projects have been supported by the Whitney Museum, the Walker Art Center, Cooper Union, a MacDowell Colony fellowship, a Watermill Center residency, MIT’s Center for Civic Media. Woolard is the co-founder of Trade School, a barter-based learning model that began in New York in 2010 and now running in ten global cities, and, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund.

This program is free of charge and open to the public; seats will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

This event is organized in conjunction with Creative Destruction on view at The Kitchen.