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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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Face to Facebook. Stealing 1M. faces for a dating website - Press Release


Deadline:
Wed Feb 02, 2011 16:51

Press Release, 2 February 2011. Berlin.
Face to Facebook
http://www.face-to-facebook.net
A project by ALESSANDRO LUDOVICO and PAOLO CIRIO
Stealing 1 million Facebook profiles, filtering them with face‐recognition software and then posting them on a custom‐made dating website, sorted by their facial expression characteristics.
http://www.lovely-faces.com
In an attempt to free personal data as Facebook’s exclusive property we spent a few months downloading public information from one million profiles (including pictures). Immersing ourselves in the resulting database was a hallucinatory experience as we dove into hundreds of thousands of profile pictures and found ourselves intoxicated by the endless smiles, gazes and often leering expressions.
After a few weeks we had to face the evidence. All that people wanted was to attract new people, have more relationships, to express and receive love through their digital traits. But they were trapped by Facebook owning their data and restricting their actions with primitive privacy rules. They wanted more than just their restricted circles of "friends" and they wanted it quickly and easily.
Our mission was to give all these virtual identities a new shared place to expose themselves freely, breaking Facebook’s constraints and boring social rules.
So we established a new website (lovely‐faces.com) giving them justice and granting them the possibility of soon being face to face with anybody who is attracted by their facial expression and related data. Now they are there, in full effect, free to keep in touch with a whole world of men and women and anything in between. And we accomplished our mission: the final piece of the free relationships interface is now running.

Mixed media installation of Face to Facebook:
Premiere of the installation with more than 2000 printed pictures of faces at the Transmediale festival in Berlin.
http://www.face-to-facebook.net/face-to-facebook.php
The Hacking Monopolism Trilogy:
Face to Facebook is the third work in a series that began with Google Will Eat Itself and Amazon Noir. These works share a lot in terms of both methodologies and strategies. They all use custom programmed software  in order to exploit (not without fun) three of the biggest online corporations (Google, Amazon and Facebook), exploiting conceptual hacks that generate unexpected holes in their well oiled marketing and economic system.

Authors' biographies:
Paolo Cirio works as media artist in various fields: net‐art, street‐art, video‐art, software‐art and and experimental fiction. He has won prestigious art awards and his controversial works have been sustained by research grants, collaborations and residencies. He has exhibited in museums and art institutions worldwide. As public speaker he delivers lectures and workshops on media tactics.
http://www.paolocirio.net
Alessandro Ludovico is a media critic and editor in chief of Neural magazine since 1993. He's one of the founders of the 'Mag.Net (Electronic Cultural Publishers organization). He also served as an advisor for the Documenta 12's Magazine Project. He has ben guest researcher at the Willem De Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. He teaches at the Academy of Art in Carrara.

Have fun and take care!
Paolo and Alessandro.


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Face to Facebook. Stealing 1M. faces for a dating website - Press Release


Dates:
Wed Feb 02, 2011 16:47 - Wed Feb 02, 2011

Press Release, 2 February 2011. Berlin.
Face to Facebook
http://www.face-to-facebook.net
A project by ALESSANDRO LUDOVICO and PAOLO CIRIO
Stealing 1 million Facebook profiles, filtering them with face‐recognition software and then posting them on a custom‐made dating website, sorted by their facial expression characteristics.
http://www.lovely-faces.com
In an attempt to free personal data as Facebook’s exclusive property we spent a few months downloading public information from one million profiles (including pictures). Immersing ourselves in the resulting database was a hallucinatory experience as we dove into hundreds of thousands of profile pictures and found ourselves intoxicated by the endless smiles, gazes and often leering expressions.
After a few weeks we had to face the evidence. All that people wanted was to attract new people, have more relationships, to express and receive love through their digital traits. But they were trapped by Facebook owning their data and restricting their actions with primitive privacy rules. They wanted more than just their restricted circles of "friends" and they wanted it quickly and easily.
Our mission was to give all these virtual identities a new shared place to expose themselves freely, breaking Facebook’s constraints and boring social rules.
So we established a new website (lovely‐faces.com) giving them justice and granting them the possibility of soon being face to face with anybody who is attracted by their facial expression and related data. Now they are there, in full effect, free to keep in touch with a whole world of men and women and anything in between. And we accomplished our mission: the final piece of the free relationships interface is now running.

Mixed media installation of Face to Facebook:
Premiere of the installation with more than 2000 printed pictures of faces at the Transmediale festival in Berlin.
http://www.face-to-facebook.net/face-to-facebook.php
The Hacking Monopolism Trilogy:
Face to Facebook is the third work in a series that began with Google Will Eat Itself and Amazon Noir. These works share a lot in terms of both methodologies and strategies. They all use custom programmed software  in order to exploit (not without fun) three of the biggest online corporations (Google, Amazon and Facebook), exploiting conceptual hacks that generate unexpected holes in their well oiled marketing and economic system.

Authors' biographies:
Paolo Cirio works as media artist in various fields: net‐art, street‐art, video‐art, software‐art and and experimental fiction. He has won prestigious art awards and his controversial works have been sustained by research grants, collaborations and residencies. He has exhibited in museums and art institutions worldwide. As public speaker he delivers lectures and workshops on media tactics.
Alessandro Ludovico is a media critic and editor in chief of Neural magazine since 1993. He's one of the founders of the 'Mag.Net (Electronic Cultural Publishers organization). He also served as an advisor for the Documenta 12's Magazine Project. He has ben guest researcher at the Willem De Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. He teaches at the Academy of Art in Carrara.

Have fun and take care!
Paolo and Alessandro.


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The Big Plot - Recombinant Fiction - Press Release


Dates:
Sat Jan 17, 2009 00:00 - Sat Jan 17, 2009

THE BIG PLOT - PRESS RELEASE
New York, Berlin, Toronto, London, Moscow, 17 January 2009

http://www.thebigplot.net

It’s your worst neurosis of your life.
It's the most meaningless conspiracy in history.
It’s a spy fiction about your intimate secrets and personal data over internet.

A story dispersed in more than seven cities, across several media platforms and among a cluster of actors who lead a tour in some of the most poignant sentiments of the human condition. The worst obsessions of your era and your hearts are transposed onto many stages, where degenerate souls with insatiable fixations are trying to give sense to their life.

Facebook - Youtube - Flicker - BlogSpot - Twitter - MySpace - Linkedin
This genetic modification of storytelling utilizes multiple forms of media and stages, which are recombined in order to immerse the spectator in a story of a real world. The fluid recombination of identities and of their interpersonal connections via several media in a non linear time line allows for Recombinant Fiction, a multi-platform, multi-channels and cross- media form of storytelling.

Love - espionage - sentiment - hate - politics - corruption - turmoil
are rendered in a form of fiction which doesn’t treat the spectator as a consumer, contemplating a completed piece of art in a tv-box, theatre or museum, but rather as something unfinished. The Big Plot is an immersive Recombinant Fiction, which needs an active investigation by an audience, who must follow clues in several stages in order to compile the whole story. So now you can take the responsibility of creating your own show !
The audience is sent on an intimate voyage into the secret lives of four bipolar characters, who struggle hopelessly with the planning of a big plot against their society.
Who knows what that plot is?
Which is the real plot?
Does it really exist?

Public actions - parades - civil disobediences - propaganda - conventions
it's the most colorful revolution of the last political movement, it’s absolutely black. It's the political movement. It claims revolutionary things and it does conservative things. Its adepts are right-wing but they think and act like leftists. It’s the triumph of the dictatorship of populism. It’s the glory of political stereotypes. It is against the meaningless of our era, but it’s the most nonsense ever thought of. This is psychopathic politics led by schizophrenic and maniacal people who have completely lost their sense of reality and their capacity for rational thought.

They are absolutely dangerous people. They want to obtain power with a plot, but they don't know what that plot is - and it's absolutely absurd. It sounds comic. But it's tragic, because exploiting narratives is usual and necessary in order to fabricate and control political history and identity in the real world, if we can still call it real.
Where are the boundaries? Do they exist? Is it fiction that influences our world or does the real rule? This is the reason why The Big Plot is a meta-narration and a recursive story that will push the limits of narration and of reality as common idea. It is a story of stories because it discloses how reality is usually built by narrative codes, which combine to create a consensual truth. Engineering events and identities, and therefore reality, is a narration that is reconstructed and deconstructed through the art of language and storytelling.

The Big Plot is a nightmare under the effects of networking amphetamines, visions of your misery mirrored in the stories of defeatist fanatical people.

It’s the contemporary linguistic paradigm - a dizzyingly schizophrenic and dystopian vortex of useless communication that proceeds without any possibility of causing pragmatic change.

It’s the contemporary social paradigm - an implosion of sociality and explosion of intimacy. The personal privacy paradoxically exhibited as more important than common interests, loneliness and the collapse of public spheres under the glory of private life. Gossip wins over political fact, the ego over the world.

It’s the contemporary imagination - paranoia of conspiracy about private and public life as a dominant theme of everyday life. A constant search for the story behind the story distracts us from really listening to each other and seeing the world as it really is.

It’s the drama of an end of a love - an end of the love of trusting beliefs and moral integrity. A dead love. It’s the end of monolithic parties, beliefs and nihilism, which defined the last century.

It’s the final redemption - the peaceful reunion with the Global Conscience Revolution that is coming, after the disaster.

Project Supported by:
- Werkleitz Center for Media Art, Halle, Germany.
- SocialEast Seminar on Art and Espionage, London.

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http://www.paolocirio.net