• The Afropeans are Coming

    Over the next three days, a group of artists, writers, filmmakers and cultural commentators will meet at Afropea Now!, a a symposium of film screenings, concerts, a workshop and an exhibition taking place at the cultural institution Stadtwerkstatt in Linz, #Austria. I am the curator. Last week Africa is a Country asked me to get some of […]

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  • Wins Big Art Award and Turns into

    Press Release. June 2nd 2014, NYC.

    It’s a pleasure to announce that Loophole for All won the Golden Nica,
    first prize of Prix Ars Electronica, one of the most prominent awards from socially engaged media art - in Linz, Austria.

    Shortly: The project exposed 215,000 anonymous companies in the Cayman Islands and attempted to sell their identities in order to democratize tax shields.

    In one year received:
    2 Cease and Desist letters from Chinese financial firms.
    10 legal threats from business owners in the Cayman Islands.
    12 articles in international newspapers.
    1,000 orders made through the selling of companies.
    700 USD made and lost through selling the identities of Cayman Island
    2 PayPal Account suspensions and a ban on trading.
    25,000 investigative queries into the database of 215,000 entities.
    900 subscriptions to the project???s newsletter with anonymous email
    addresses or from domains like:,,,, etc.

    Unfortunately, PayPal didn’t concede and I lost all the money that I earned from the selling of subversive artworks in a limited edition. In the meantime, my mailbox on the Cayman Islands appears to have been shut down and I haven’t received mail there in a few months. By the way, I am not making up a single detail of the project. Read the full story here:

    There has finally been increased political pressure on the loopholes of
    anonymous companies, so I decided to move onto the next booming financial instrument that hasn’t yet been regulated, in fact my next project taps into the art market with a promising Smart model that allows everyone to collect art and increase the value of the collections.

    Today, I introduce The platform offers a simple
    economic analysis of how value is created in contemporary art and proposes an innovative model that allows everyone to invest in art that matters with a new type of collectable object. Read more about the new model:

    By turning offshore firms in art commodities, you can now buy artworks from once again. Become the only owner of unique historical artworks for 99 cents and up!

    Have a look at the photos of the art installation of Loophole for All in
    the following exhibitions
    Show at Aksioma - Institute for Contemporary Art in Ljubljana:
    Show Unstable Territories at CCC Strozzina in Florence:
    Show Global aCtIVISm at ZKM, Center for Art and Media, in Karlsruhe;
    and Out of the Box at MAK, Museum for Applied Arts, in Vienna, some

    A recent video interview in Slovenia on national TV:

    A recent interview published on The Wild Magazine:
    You can learn more about the project, its others exhibitions and
    publications here:

    Follow new and upcoming artworks and shows

    Global Direct
    This project introduces the idea of real-time participation in world wide
    governance. It’s an ambitious project, which will be ongoing for a few
    months. It is a 2014 commission by Turbulence through the Jerome Foundation and It’ll be shown at Kasa Gallery in Istanbul in June and at DOX Prague in November.

    Fingerprints Catalogue
    This project is commissioned by Open Data Institute for shows at
    FutureEverything and Lighthouse in UK. It makes use of sophisticated
    browser tracking technology for an Anti-Social Sculpture. The fingerprints left on the catalogue and its artworks are collected for composing the display of the featured artworks.

    (W)orld Currency
    A manipulation-proof currency through the creative formulation of an
    equation and a trading algorithm. It started through a commission at the Museumsquartier in Vienna and was shown in March at Borroworrob at HDLU in Zagreb, in September it’ll be exhibited during the Digital Design Weekend at the V&A Museum in London.

    Street Ghosts
    New photos of Street Ghosts published on the map in Barcelona - Zagreb - Lincoln - Sydney UTS and here a great video from The Influencers action

    . In september it will be installed for Making the City Playable in Bristol, at the V&A Museum in London and Eternal September for Aksioma Institute and Skuc Gallery in Ljubljana.

    Face to Facebook
    It’s currently being shown in Big Bang Data at CCCB Museum in Barcelona and Out of Control at Ars Electronica Center in Linz. In these installations the audience can browse the epic dating website! The piece will be shown also at The Photographers’ Gallery in London during this summer.

    HD Stencils
    It is an experiment with laser cutters and coding. This new technique for High Resolution stencils will be used with spray paint. A few painting will be shown in Berlin in 2015. While this summer you will see those graffiti on downtown’s walls.

    Direct Democracy within the Internet at Left Forum
    I curated this panel at the major Left-wing gathering in U.S. that
    investigated the potential and limits of enhancing democracy through the Internet at John Jay College, CUNY in New York City.

    Performing Change panels series
    Don’t forget to check out the video recordings of the panel series with 14 awesome speakers that I curated at Eyebeam in NYC last October.

    * I’ve also written a new artist statement about working with contemporary social complexity this year. You can read it here:

    There are also some video recording of lectures I gave recently:




    Many thanks for reading.
    With the promise of other new explosive top-secret projects this summer!
    Paolo Cirio’s press office.

    #art #paradis_fiscaux #finance

  • Taiwan 2.0: Broadcasting The Island’s New Media Art to the World

    Schizophrenia Taiwan 2.0 is a touring exhibition of over a decade’s worth of Taiwan’s new media art. Next stop is Transmediale, Berlin’s art, culture, and technology festival. Late 2013, the exhibition hit Russia’s Cyberfest and Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria. After Berlin, Schizophrenia Taiwan 2.0 will make a final stop at Instant Video in Marseille, France in late 2014.

    On occasion, we may see the work of Taiwanese new media artists, in galleries or by way of online coverage; but, Schizophrenia Taiwan 2.0 seems to be the first of its kind—a menagerie of some of the country’s most significant new media art. It’s also an opportunity for Westerners to see just what’s been brewing on the island nation, since mainland China tends to dominate art and technology headlines.

    The works included in the touring exhibit are mostly videos or installations. The artists aren’t enamored with some of the current digital art trends of the West—GIFs, glitch, pixel art, or web art that looks like Geocities home pages on acid. The artists, in one way or another, made works that comment on Taiwan’s unique national schizophrenia: an island nation that is part of but distinct from mainland China, while also a member of the global community through its tech economy, yet somewhat removed from the international affairs of the wider world.

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    #mediaart #videoart #webart #exhibition