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  • Sociality - An exhibition by Paolo Cirio 

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    Human sociality is being engineered and patented.

    The exhibition Sociality by Paolo Cirio reveals technology enabling social manipulation. For this, Cirio documented twenty-thousand patents, exposing socially hazardous information technology. In the exhibition, visitors are invited to share, flag, and ban these technologies designed to monitor and manipulate social behaviors.

    Cirio created thousands of compositions with images of flowcharts and titles of inventions published on the site The visual compositions on the website are printed in form of flyers and a coloring book, containing technologies that enable discrimination, polarization, addiction, deception, and surveillance.

    On the website everyone is able to browse, search, submit, and rate patents by their titles and images of flowcharts. This way, visitors perform oversight of invasive inventions designed to target demographics, push content, coerce interactions, and monitor citizens.

    Read more about the Sociality project on:

    About the artist
    Paolo Cirio (IT, 1979) engages with the legal, economic, and cultural systems of the information society. His works investigates social fields impacted by the Internet, such as privacy, democracy, intellectual property, and finance.

    He often shows his research and intervention-based works through photos, installations, videos, and public art. Cirio has exhibited in international museums and has won prestigious awards. His artworks have been covered by hundreds of media outlets and he regularly gives public lectures and workshops at leading art festivals and universities worldwide. Cirio lectures leading universities and institutions including Columbia University, UC Berkeley and Tate Modern.

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