Open Society Structures

Italian artist Paolo Cirio is concerned with power structures in contemporary society and how the latter affect the lives of ordinary people individually and as a collective. In particular, he investigates how today’s technologies, especially virtual reality and computer generated and mediated information, create realities that dominate how we think and live today. Whether the artist steals one million Facebook profiles to create his own dating website; hands out mock credit cards under the project headlined P2P Gift Credit Card - Gift Finance; creates a ‘virtual sit-in’ in the cyberspace of the NATO website domain; or whether he investigates Cayman Islands’ offshore jurisdiction by hacking and leaking the names of companies having bank accounts there: Cirio’s practice is controversial, provocative, and always asks questions about democratic accountability and practice in our contemporary world.

Open Society Structures is a simple illustration of the artist’s ideas about how democracy functions, and how the economy, culture, and individual people feed into, and are influenced by, the democratic process and its attributes. Visually, the work resembles a simple diagram, but the animation creates a more challenging illustration where the viewer is asked to figure out what influences whom and vice versa.

Cirio lives and works in New York.


Your purchase includes

HD video [01:12] in your Vault
Your edition number
Your certificate of authenticity
Right to resell on Trade

Play via Art Stream

Art Stream subscribers add this and any any other artwork that is not sold out to their playlists. Start Free Trial

Enjoy your digital edition on any device and connected screen, using a web-browser or from the Sedition app.

Sample Certificate

Every edition is personalised, signed and numbered with a Certificate of Authenticity

24h Private View Is Live

New collection Remix Boogie-Woogie (Dance, Descend, Repeat) by John Sanborn is available.

Time Remaining