Paolo Cirio. Artist's statement. 2016.
Paolo Cirio's art examines how society is affected by the distribution, organization, and control of information. It embodies the conflicts, contradictions, ethics, limits and potentials inherent to the social complexity of information society through a critical and proactive approach.
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His techniques of exposure, appropriation, and recontextualization of sensitive information stimulate ways of seeing, understanding, and challenging modern complex social systems, processes and dynamics. Cirio uses popular language, irony, interventions, and seductive visuals to engage a wide public in works of art about critical issues. His works often make contradictions apparent, expose mechanisms, and dispute their processes in order to debunk functions and perceptions of social and semiotic systems.
Paolo Cirio artworks are often active agents - they elicit reactions from the subjects of the works and participation from the audiences. The interactions and processes from his interventions 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. 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 work translates and documents multilayered 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 processing into artifacts to visually document and illustrate complex structures and flows examined by his conceptual artworks. Cirio's installation art combines images, photographs, diagrams, documents, artifacts, and videos to engage the general audience in experiencing and discovering subjects, outcomes, and significance of his interventions and concepts.