Exhibitors 2021


Capture

Capture

The series of photos Capture is composed of French police officers’ faces. Paolo Cirio collected 1000 public images of police in photos taken during protests in France and processed them with Facial Recognition software creating an online platform with a database of the resulting police officer faces and crowdsourcing their identification. Capture commented on the potential uses and misuses of Facial Recognition and Artificial Intelligence by questioning the asymmetry of power at play. The lack of privacy regulations of such technology eventually turned against the same authorities that urge the use of it. This provocation triggered the reactions of the Interior Minister of France and the police unions which forced censorship of the artwork, despite it being celebrated by the French citizens and the international press. Initially, as an activist, Cirio introduced a campaign to ban Facial Recognition technology in all of Europe. In 2021 for his campaign #BanFacialRecognitionEU, Paolo Cirio delivered a package to various European institutions containing a legal complaint with his research and petition with over 50000 signatures supporting a ban on Facial Recognition in Europe. The European Commission replied to Cirio's complaint by acknowledging the need to legally restrict the use of Artificial Intelligence.




Capture

Paolo Cirio

Conceptual artist Paolo Cirio works with legal, economic, and cultural systems of the information society. He shows his research and intervention-based works through artifacts, photos, installations, videos, and public art. Cirio’s work embodies the contradictions, ethics, limits, and potentials inherent to the social complexity of information society through a provocative, critical, and proactive approach. Cirio has exhibited in museums and art institutions worldwide. He shows his research and intervention-based works through prints, installations, videos, and public art. He investigates social fields impacted by the Internet, such as privacy, democracy, semiology, finance, and copyright.



 Arts
  H.15 (pav. H) - Paolo Cirio
 2021

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