[ISEA2011] Artist Statement: Paolo Cirio – Recombinant Fiction

Artist Statement

Recombinant Fiction is a political and aesthetic fiction genre of new immersive and participative forms of art which defines a unique genre able to drive tactical activism and dramatic purposes.

  • Paolo Cirio is an Italian artist and public speaker, who was born in Turin, Italy in 1979 and currently lives in New York. An award-winning artist, Paolo has had numerous group exhibitions worldwide and he exhibited in major exhibitions and museums such as Laboral, Gijon; S.M.A.K, Ghent; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens; Courtauld Institute, London; HMKV, Dortmund; PAN, Naples; MOCA, Tapei; Halle für Kunst, Lüneburg; NTT ICC, Tokyo; among others.  Paolo has worked as media artist in various fields: net-art, street-art, video-art, public-art, marketing-art, software-art and experimental storytelling. He is currently fellow of Eyebeam Art + Technology for 2012/2013. Paolo investigates how the perception and creation of cultural, political and economic realities are manipulated by new modes of control over information’s power. As a tactical media artist, he hacks and orchestrates media through videos, coding, websites, social media, printed media, interventions in public spaces, characters enacted by actors, careful analyses and audience participation, creating edifying narratives and controversial provocations that tackle contemporary social issues.

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