Socially-engaged Internet-art. Aesthetics of Information Ethics: Arts + Design Mondays at BAMPFA

Lecture | October 23 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Paolo Cirio, Artist, Activist, and Cultural Critic

 Arts + Design

Society has become deeply affected by advanced distribution systems of information. The social fields of law, economics, and politics are increasingly interconnected, while social norms, relationships, and identities shift at fast pace. In this context, examining art from a broader social context means working with a multiplicity of social systems and processes that the Internet activates. Socially-engaged Internet-art should maximize both social and artistic efficacy by distinguishing qualities, means, and ends of generating reactions from the audiences and subjects of the artworks.

Ethics and aesthetics of working with online piracy, leaks, identity theft, privacy, fake news, algorithms, big data, and hacking deal with questioning boundaries, responsibilities, and consequences of reconfiguring, exposing and alter social relations within the risks of challenging institutions and compromising morals for artistic and social agendas.

Paolo Cirio is an artist, activist, and cultural critic. His art embodies the conflicts, contradictions, ethics, limits, and potentials inherent to the social complexity of information society through a critical and proactive approach.

Participating Units: Berkeley Center for New Media; Arts, Technology and Culture Colloquia