Capture
Paolo Cirio (IT)
Capture
Installation

The series of photos Capture is composed of faces of French police officers found on Internet and identified with facial recognition. Cirio collected over 500 public pictures of police officers from photos taken during protests in France. He then processed the pictures with facial recognition software to extract portraits based on the biometric data. The resulting low-resolution portraits are printed as street art paper color posters and posted on public walls throughout Paris. From the posters the public can identify the officers via an online platform that the artist developed with the database of French police faces he assembled.

The project Capture comments on the potential use and misuses of facial recognition and artificial intelligence. The privacy implications of not regulating such technology can eventually turn against the same authorities that urge the use of it. With this provocation Cirio shows how the power of facial recognition technology is excessively dangerous for society and even for the police. The artist questions this asymmetry of technological power at play, while as activist Cirio advocates to ban facial recognition technology in all Europe by organizing a campaign for a petition in collaboration with privacy organizations and policy makers.

Furthermore, for this project Cirio produced a short video documentary about facial recognition with Labo 148, a youth journalism agency, featuring the intervention and the campaign with interviews to experts and activists.

Labo 148, La Quadrature du Net, We Sign It, Adam Harvey, Choupas Cyrille, Sébastien Marchal, Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing, La Condition Publique, Roubaix, Institut pour la photographie, Lille

Paolo Cirio Italie

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.

Paolo Cirio has won a number of awards, including Golden Nica first prize at Ars Electronica in Linz, 2014; Transmediale second prize in Berlin, 2006; Eyebeam Fellowship, 2012; and NEA grant at ISCP in NYC, 2017; among others. Cirio has exhibited in international museums and his art interventions have been covered by hundreds of media outlets worldwide.

  • Réalisation: Florian Draussin, Labo 148
  • Prise de vue: Guillaume Brault, Victor Zebo, Labo 148
  • Prise de son: Rémi Chanaud
  • Montage image: Mattia Petulla
  • Montage son: Yannick Delmaire
  • Mixage son: Geoffrey Durcak
  • Étalonnage: François Engrant
  • Traduction: Caroline Ventura
  • Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains est né de la volonté du ministère de la Culture et de la Communication d’implanter dans le nord de la France, un établissement supérieur d’enseignement artistique d’un type nouveau, pôle d’excellence d’envergure nationale et internationale, dont les références furent exprimées par quelques formules telles que « un IRCAM des arts plastiques » ou encore « une villa Médicis high-tech ».

Sa pédagogie, principalement fondée sur la production d’œuvres de toute sorte dont le point commun est l’intégration de techniques audiovisuelles professionnelles, en fait un lieu de production, d’expérimentation et de diffusion totalement inédit.

Source: http://www.lefresnoy.net/fr/Le-Fresnoy/presentation
  • La Condition publique La Condition publique, fabrique culturelle, est un établissement public de coopération culturelle, situé à Roubaix. Les membres sont la région Hauts-de-France, la Métropole européenne de Lille et la Ville de Roubaix.