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Face to Facebook - Hacking Monopolism Trilogy
2011. Mixed media, dimensions variable

» Website: Face-to-Facebook.net

» Website: Lovely-Faces.com (offline)

Press material
- 5th Press Release on 19th Jan. 2012
- 4th Press Release on 7th Sept. 2011
- 3rd Press Release on 7th Apr. 2011
- 2nd Press Release on 10th Feb. 2011
- 1st Press Release on 2nd Feb. 2011

- Material for press coverage in HD
- Theoretical text and technical details
- Legal letters by Facebook's lawyers
- Personal reactions to the experiment
- Global Mass Media Hack Performance
- PDF Diagram of the hack, HD version

- Artwork "Hacking Monopolism Trilogy"
- Text "Anti-Social Sculptures"

- Interview for CNN online
- Interview for Artline (en) (de)
- Interview for Artinfo.com
- Interview for Digicult (en) (it)
- Interview for NIN Serbia (en) (sr)
- Interview for TazTageszeitung (en)(de)
- Interview for Springerin (de)

Selected press coverage
- List of full worldwide press coverage by more than 1000 media
TV
- SBS World News, Australia, 2013
- CNN, U.S., 2011
- MyFox LA, U.S., 2011
- WSBTV, Atlanta U.S, 2011
- Ceska Televize, Czech Republic, 2011
- Tagesschau, Germany, 2011
- Canal Plus, France, 2011
- SLO RTV, Slovenia, 2011
- NDR Zapp, Germany, 2011

Printed
- Le Nouvel Observateur, 2012, France
- Tink.ch, interview, 2012, Switzerland
- Dazed & Confused, interview, 2011, UK
- ROOMS, interview, 2011, UK
- Taz.die, interview, 2011, Germany
- ArtNews, review, 2011, U.S.
- Libération, review, 2011, France
- xL Repubblica, review, 2011, Italy
- Springerin, interview, 2011, Austria
- Haaretz, interview, 2011, Isreal
- Politika, interview, 2011, Serbia
- NIN, interview, 2011, Serbia

Online
- CNN, review, 2011
- Vogue, review, 2011
- MailOnLine, review, 2011
- The Indipendent, review, 2011
- Taipei Times, review, 2011
- Bankok Post, review, 2011
- NewsComAu, review, 2011
- Bild, review, 2011
- Wired, review, 2011
- PSFK, review, 2011
- FoxNews, review, 2011
- MyTv9 News, review, 2011
- DiePresse, review, 2011


This project was a social experiment consisting in stealing one million Facebook profiles, filtering them with face-recognition software and then posting them on a custom-made dating website, sorted by their facial expression characteristics. The artistic mission was to give all these virtual identities a new shared place to expose themselves freely, breaking Facebook's constraints and boring social rules. So we established a new website (Lovely-Faces.com) giving them justice and granting them the possibility of soon being face to face with anybody who is attracted by their facial expression. The event was set in five days of thrilling personal, media and legal reactions, which became a global mass Media Performance. During the performance we counted one thousand media coverages around the world, eleven lawsuit threats, five death threats, several letters from the lawyers of Facebook.
Co-author: Alessandro Ludovico.

Selected pictures of installations at the following shows
Public Private NYC, Artists as Catalysts Bilbao, REALITYFLOWHACKED Ljubljana,
Ars Electronica, Transmediale Berlin, ENTER5 Prague, Tetem Enschede,
Share Turin
, Impakt Utrecht

Video playlist


Awards
2011
Award of Distinction, Interactive Art, Prix Ars Electronica, Linz
First Prize, Award Share Prize, Turin
2012
Nominated New Technological Art Award, Ghent
Nominated Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Stuttgart

Selected shows and presentations

2014
Big Bang Data, exhibition at CCCB Museum, Barcelona - Spain
Out of Control, exhibition at Ars Electronica Center, Linz - Austria
Photography Expanded, lecture at Aperture Gallery for Magnum Foundation, NYC - U.S.
2013
ISEA2013, keynote lecture at Museum of Contemporary Art of Sydney - Australia
Artists as Catalysts, exhibition at Alhóndiga, Bilbao - Spain
Public Private exhibition at Kellen Gallery of The New School, New York - U.S.
2012
ArtFutura 2012, exhibition at Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
TEA - Collective Wisdom at National Fine arts Museum in Taichung - Taiwan
7th Seoul International Media Art Biennale, exhibition, Seoul - Korea
New Technological Art Award, exhibition, Bruxelles - Belgium
Loving Art. Making Art, exhibition, Tel Aviv Art Festival - Israel
From the Pharaoh Lady Gaga at Wywyższeni National Museum, Warsaw - Poland
Out of Control exhibition at Ars Electronica Center, Linz - Austria
AntiSocial Networking exhibition at Artefact festival, Leuven - Belgium
Unlike Us lecture at Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam - Netherlands
DATA lecture at Science Gallery, Dublin - Ireland
25. Stuttgarter Filmwinter exhibition, Stuttgart - Germany
2011
Impakt festival, exhibition & lecture, Utrecht - Netherlands
Psychoeconomy summit, lecture, Seville - Spain
Share festival, exhibition & workshop, Turin - Italy
REALITYFLOWHACKED, Solo show at Aksioma, Ljubljana - Slovenia
Ars Electronica Festival, Origin, exhibition & workshop, Linz - Austria
Rewire Conference, FACT, lecture, Liverpool - UK
Networked, Centro Fundación Telefónica, exhibition, Lima - Peru
File Festival
, exhibition, Sao Paulo - Brazil
EMAF 2011 festival, lecture, Osnabrück - Germany
Chilling Effects, Tetem, exhibition, Enschede - Netherlands
Share Conferences, presentation, Belgrade - Serbia
ENTER 5 Festival, exhibition, Prague - Czech Republic
Computational Photography, Camp Pixelache, Helsinki - Finland
Response:Ability, Transmediale, exhibition, Berlin - Germany

Selected biblography
Christiane Paul, "Digital Art", Thames and Hudson’s World of Art book, UK, 2015
Kathy Cleland, Laura Fisher, Ross Harley, "ISEA2013, Resistance is futile", Sydney, ISBN 9780646913131
Geert Lovink, Miriam Rasch, "Unlike Us Reader", Institute of Network Cultures, Netherland, 2013, ISBN 9789081857529
Manuela Naveau, Gofried Stocker, Shu-Min Lin,"TEA/Collective Wisdom", catalogue, Taiwan 2012
ARTFUTURA 2012, catalogue, Argentina 2012, ISBN 849220849X
Yukiko Shikata, 7th Seoul International Media Art Biennale "Media City Seoul", catalogue, South Korea 2012
Ars Electronica, "The Big Picture", catalogue, Austria 2012, ISBN 9783775734349
Lori Andrews, "I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did" book, Free Press U.S. 2012, ISBN 9781451650518
Le Nouvel Observateur, magazine, France 2012, issue 2506
Barbara Pollack, "The Social Revolution", ARTnews magazine, U.S. 2011, Issue June
Dominique Moulon, "Art contemporain nouveaux médias" book, France 2011, ISBN 978235988038
Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern-Ruit, "ORIGIN", Ars Electronica catalogue, Austria 2011, ISBN 9783775731805
EMAF 2011, "This is media art", Germany 2011, ISBN 9783926501332
Enter 5°, "Datapolis" catalogue, Prague, ISBN 9788025495438
Vera Tollmann, "We want our Facebook profiles back", Springerin magazine, Austria, Issue 2/11
Bruce Sterling, "Art crosses the borders", XL magazine, Italy April 2011, Year VII, n°65
Antonio Caronia, D'Ars magazine, Italy March 2011, N°205 Anno 51°

Mixed media installation at Artists as Catalysts, 2013 exhibition at Alhóndiga, Bilbao - Spain








Mixed media installation at Public Private exhibition 2013 at Kellen Gallery of The New School, New York - U.S.






Installation at REALITYFLOWHACKED, Paolo Cirio's Solo show at Aksioma Project Space, Ljubljana - Slovenia









Installation at Response:Ability, Transmediale 2011, Berlin - Germany
















Installation at Ars Electronica Festival Origin, 2011, Linz - Austria












Installation at ENTER5 festival 2011, Prague - Czech Republic










Installation at Share Festival Cops & Robs, 2011, Turin - Italy






Installation at Impakt Festival, 2011, Utrecht - Holland








Installation at Chilling Effects, Tetem, Enschede - Netherlands






















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