Paolo Cirio. Artist's statement. 2016.
Paolo Cirio's art practice considers how society is impacted by the distribution, organization, and control of information. It embodies the conflicts, contradictions and potentials inherent to the social complexity of information society through a critical, provocative and proactive approach.
His techniques of exposure, appropriation, and recontextualization of sensitive information and social processes provoke a new way of seeing and understanding modern complex social systems and dynamics. Cirio uses popular language, irony, interventions and seductive visuals to engage a wide public in critical issues and sophisticated works of art. His works often make contradictions apparent, expose mechanisms, and dispute their processes in order to debunk functions and perceptions of normative systems. Cirio's works of art ultimately propose creative alternatives beyond the socioeconomic critiques they offer.
Cirio is particularly interested in how media and specific arrangements of information influence the creation and perception of cultural, political, and economic realities, as well as personal emotional states, interpersonal relationships, and instinctive behaviors.
Paolo Cirio artworks are often active agents - they elicit reactions from the subjects of the works and direct participation from the audiences. The interactions and processes from his interventions into social dynamics generate art performances within mediated environments. These socially engaged performances involve the public in critical debates and demand 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 and his aesthetic investigations are highly conceptual with layered and interconnected meanings, functions and agents presented as whole closed referential system of interrelated ideas and actions.
Paolo Cirio's art installations translate the gathering, processing, and dissemination of sensitive information into visual forms for the exhibition setting. Within the space of an art exhibition, Cirio's installations and fine art translate and document sophisticated concepts, public art interventions, or ethereal time-based online performances. With prints, videos, and custom artifacts, the installations present, crystallize, and document ideas, reactions, and contexts of the works taken from its original setting to a formal mode of presentation.
Cirio's fine art condenses critiques of information systems and processes into archival artifacts to visually document and illustrate complex structures and flows. Cirio's installation art combines images, photographs, diagrams, documents, artifacts, and videos to engage a general audience in experiencing and discovering outcomes, circumstances and significance of his interventions and concepts.