Sociality, 2018
Paolo Cirio

Digital prints
Dimensions variable

This artwork documented over twenty-thousand patents of socially manipulative information technology. In Sociality, Cirio collected and rated Internet inventions submitted to the USpatent office. Subsequently, he invited the public to share, flag, and ban the technologies designed to monitor and manipulate social behaviors. Cirio obtained the patent images and data through hacking the Google Patents search engine. He then rated the patents and created thousands of compositions with images of flowcharts and titles of inventions, which were published on the project’s website:

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