Cirio's art considers how society is affected by the control over information. It embodies the contradictions, ethics, conflicts, and potentials inherent to the social complexity of information society through a critical and proactive approach.
His techniques of exposure, appropriation, and recontextualization of sensitive information stimulate ways of seeing, understanding, and challenging contemporary complex issues. Cirio uses popular language, irony, interventions, and seductive visuals to engage a wide public in works of art. His works often make contradictions apparent, expose mechanisms, and dispute their processes in order to debunk perceptions of social, technological, and cognitive systems.
Paolo Cirio artworks are often active agents - they elicit reactions from the subjects of the works and participation from the audience. The interactions and processes from his interventions generate online art performances. These socially engaged performances involve the public in critical debates for change driven directly by his artistic concepts and creations, which often embody personal risks and challenges.
His artistic research strives to expand contemporary art into unconventional practices, content, and public. His aesthetic investigations are highly conceptual with layered and interconnected meanings, functions, and agents presented as a whole closed referential system of interrelated ideas and actions.
Image: Natlab Anisa Xhomaqi, Paolo Cirio
Extinction Claims exhibition by Paolo Cirio
Inhuman Carnaval at Dutch Design Week 2021
Paolo Cirio composed the web-based artwork extinction-claims.com at the Inhuman Carnaval 2021 with aggregated datasets of endangered species and invites the public to participate in their...