2018. Digital prints.

This artwork documented over twenty-thousand patents exposing socially hazardous information technology. In Sociality, Cirio collected and rated inventions submitted to the U.S. patent office. He invited participants to share, flag, and ban these technologies designed to monitor and manipulate social behaviors. The patent images and data were obtained by Cirio through hacking the Google Patents search engine. Then he rated the patents and created thousands of compositions with images of flowcharts and titles of inventions, which were published on the site The visual compositions on the website were printed in form of posters and a coloring book for informing on devices that enable discrimination, polarization, addiction, deception, and surveillance. The concept of turning patents into vehicles for regulations aims to exploit intellectual property law as a tool for democratic oversight. This work integrates both the dystopia surrounding technology and the utopia of democratic oversight with flowcharts of patents taking the form of documentary and protest art. With this problematizing piece, Cirio exposed evidence of social manipulation and questioned the ethical, legal, and economic structures of such technological apparatuses. In the exhibition, the public confronts large-scale compositions with hundreds of images of flowcharts that abstractly invoke the complexity and magnitude of such uncanny plans to program people.

Selected shows and presentations history
Part of the Labyrinth, 10th Göteborg Biennial, 2019, Gothenburg - Sweden
Forecast Forum, exhibition and performance at RadialSystem, 2019, Berlin - Germany
Sociality the Coloring Book, lecture at Printed Matter bookshop, 2019, NYC - U.S.
Sociality, exhibition at Baltan Laboratories, 2019, Eindhoven - Netherlands
DataMaze, exhibition at DOX Art Center, 2019, Prague - Czech Republic
Systems of Systems, exhibition at Giorgio Persano Gallery, 2019, Turin - Italy
Touch Me, exhibition at 1st Strasbourg Biennale, 2018, Strasbourg - France
MIT Festival, exhibition at MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018, Boston - U.S.
Regulatory Art, lecture at Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University, 2018, Boston - U.S.
Reclaiming the Future, exhibition and lecture at SFAI San Francisco Art Institute, 2018, San Francisco - U.S.

Installation of the Sociality artwork at Strasbourg Biennale

Installation of the Sociality artwork at MIT in Boston

Interventions with the Sociality artwork at MIT and Harvard universities

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