Sociality
2018. Digital prints.

This artwork documented over twenty-thousand patents of socially manipulative information technology. In Sociality, Cirio collected and rated Internet inventions submitted to the U.S. patent office. Subsequently, he invited the public to share, flag, and ban the 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 project’s website, Sociality.today. 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 regulation aims to exploit intellectual property law as a tool for democratic oversight. This work integrates both the dystopia surrounding technology and the utopia of its participatory governance 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 pictures of installations at the following shows
Strasbourg Biennale; Persano Gallery, Turin; Baltan Labs, Eindhoven; MIT, Boston.

Selected shows and presentations history
Part of the Labyrinth, exhibition at the 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.
Data & Network Forensics, workshop at Mutek festival, 2019, Montreal - Canada
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.


Installation of the Sociality artwork at Strasbourg Biennale


Installation of the Sociality artwork at Persano Gallery


Installation of the Sociality artwork at Baltan Labs


Installation of the Sociality artwork at MIT in Boston



Interventions with the Sociality artwork at MIT and Harvard universities









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