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Paolo Cirio
* 1979

Archive of Digital Art (ADA). “Paolo Cirio – artist profile”. (retrieved 2014-01-10). @online{ADAartistprofile, author = {Archive of Digital Art (ADA)}, title = {Paolo Cirio artist profile}, url = {}, urldate = {retrieved 2014-01-10}
Paolo Cirio called attention with his controversial work "Hacking Monopolism Trilogy": "Face to Facebook" (co-author: Alessandro Ludovico), "Amazon Noir" (co-authors: Alessandro Ludovico, Ubermorgen) and "Google Will Eat Itself" (co-authors: Alessandro Ludovico, Ubermorgen) in the last years. He exploited the technical and economic vulnerabilities of major Internet companies at the time of their expansion pointing attention on their exploitative and crooked behavior.
Cirio received this years Prix Ars Electronica in the category "Interactive Art" for his recent work: "Loophole for all".
The Iatlien-born artist worked in various fields of media art: net-art, street-art, video-art, software-art and experimental fiction. Paolo Cirio works with systems of distribution, organization, and control of information that affect flows of social, economic, and cognitive structures. His innovative and controversial projects investigated various issues in fields such as privacy, transparency, copyright, finance and democracy. He renders his conceptual works through performances, photos, drawings, videos and installations.

2014 Artist-in-Residence at quartier21/Museum Quarter in Vienna, Austria
2012 - 2013 Fellow at the Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in New York, USA
2011 Finished the Hacking Monopolism Trilogy (together with Alessandro Ludovico)
2008 Received 2nd prize at the Transmediale in Berlin, Germany
2004 Became a member of the Illegal Art Show network (within which he curated street art exhibitions in London and Turin)
2001 Start of his artistic career
1999 - 2005 Student of Drama, Art, Music and Multimedia at the University of Turin, Italy
1979 Born in Turin, Italy


Cirio received Golden Nica

Cirio received the Golden Nica of this years Ars Electronica for 'Loophole for all' in the category 'interactive art'. The festival will take place in Linz from 04.09.-08.09.2014, of course, including the artwork of Cirio.

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Publications & References
Nagle, Joe. How to enjoy contemporary art: Some explanations to help you. Cheltenham: Elgan Publishing Limited, 2014.
Aceti, Lanfranco and Julian Stallabrass. »Red Art.« Leonardo 20, no. 1 (2014).
Tarasiewicz, Matthias. Out of the Box (Catalogue). Vienna: Universität für angewandte Kunst, 2014.
Cleland, Kathy and Ross Harley. »Resistance is futile.« In ISEA 2013 proceedings, edited by ISEA. Sydney: 2013.
Crommelin, Claude. New Street Art. London: Vivays Publishing, 2013.
Jelinek, Alana. This is not Art: Activism and Other 'Non-Art'. London: I.B. Tauris, 2013.
Breazu, Andrea. »Mind the Map.« Kunstlicht 34 (2012).
Pollack, Barbara. »The Social Revolution.« Artnews magazine U.S. (June 2011).
Schäfer, Mirko Tobias. Bastard Culture! How User Participation Transforms Cultural Production. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2011.
Moulon, Dominique. Art contemporain nouveaux médias. Lyon: Nouvelles éditions Scala, 2011.
Sterling, Bruce. »Art crosses the Borders.« XL magazine (2011).
Zepke, Stephen and Simon O'Sullivan. Deleuze and Contemporary Art. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010.
Cornell, Lauren and Massimiliano Gioni and Massimiliano Hoptman, ed. Younger Than Jesus: Artist Directory. London: New Museum and Phaidon Press, 2009.
Cecchi, Andrea. NMD New Media design. Mantova: Sometti, 2008.
Colson, Richard. The Fundamentals of Digital Art. Lausanne: AVA Publishing, 2007.
Dieter, Michael. »Piracy, Distribution, control.« M/C Journal 10, no. 5 (2007).
Adriaansens, Alex. Lab_Cyberspaces (Exhibition Catalogue). Gijon: Laboral Art Center, 2007.
Heidenreich, Stefan. »Das Netz entdecken. Die Berliner Transmediale sucht die Verschwörung.« Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (5th February 2006).