Global Direct
2014 - Mixed media, dimensions variable.

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Press material
- Press Release, 12th Nov. 2014

- Theoretical text by the artist, 2014

- All 15 Diagrams PDF or JPG HD (ZIP)
- Organograms research PDF
- Posters in PNG HD or JPG WEB
- Posters in public spaces, HD Pics
- Art installations HD Pics

- Watch the video statements for the artwork by Ethan Zuckerman, Douglas Rushkoff, Carne Ross, Oliver Ressler, David Moore, Smári McCarthy, Michel Bauwens, Simona Levi, Jon Lebkowsky, Gabriella Gómez-Mont, Carola Frediani, Daniele Archibugi.

- Interview on Afterimage, U.S., 2015
- Interview on Arshake, Italy, 2014
- Interview for Caratteri, Italy, 2014. (it)

Related texts
- Text The Flowchart, 2019
- Text Systems of Systems, 2019

Global Direct is commissioned by DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague and it's a 2014 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. in NY, U.S., for its website, which is made possible with funding from the Jerome Foundation. Global Direct has been also supported by Lunatici Cultural A.P.S Association through the Municipality of Parma, Italy.

This artwork outlined the idea of a worldwide democracy as a utopia for the global information society. In Global Direct, Cirio drew a series of fifteen flowcharts of imaginative protocols, procedures, and policies for outlining a global participatory democracy. These creative organograms were informed by research on social science and contemporary democracies which the artist assembled and presented as a documentary component of the project. The artist also promoted Global Direct as a potential political movement by producing appealing slogans, visuals, and videos with statements by prominent advocates of participatory politics. This work was in dialogue with the progressive political initiatives emerging in Europe in the aftermath of austerity economic plans, such as Iceland’s crowdsourced constitution and the Podemos party in Spain. Referring to the legacy of utopia in art, Cirio envisioned a political philosophy that models global democracy. The drawings of utopian political systems examined the opportunities offered by distributed network technology for participatory decision-making, transparent accountability, and civil awareness. In the installation, large digital prints of the fifteen flowcharts are shown with video statements and several documents from Cirio’s research on social science. Color posters with political slogans are posted in the exhibition space to refer to the project as a potential social movement.

Selected pictures of installations at the following shows
Vancouver Art Gallery; DOX, Prague; Palazzo del Governatore, Parma; Kasa Gallery, Istanbul;
Artium Museum, Basque MCoCA, Vitoria-Gasteiz; Persano Gallery, Turin.

Selected shows and presentations
A Leap into the Void, exhibition at the GAMeC Museum, 2023, Bergamo - Italy
Tracce/Huellas, exhibition at the Italian Cultural Institute, 2022, Madrid - Spain
Information Critique, exhibition at PAN Museum, 2020, Naples - Italy
Systems of Systems, exhibition at Giorgio Persano Gallery, 2019, Turin - Italy
Digital Dilemma, exhibition at Bureau Europa, 2019, Maastricht - Netherlands
Algorithmic Superstructures, exhibition at Impakt festival, 2018, Utrecht - Netherlands
P.I.G.S., exhibition at Artium Museum, Basque MCoCA, 2016, Vitoria-Gasteiz - Spain
P.I.G.S., exhibition at Galeria Municipal do Porto Almeida Garrett, 2016, Porto - Portugal
nEUROsis, exhibition at NeMe Arts Centre, 2016, Limassol - Cyprus
ISEA 2015: Disruption
, exhibition at Vancouver Art Gallery, 2015, Vancouver - Canada
Biennale Cairo - Something Else, exhibition, 2015, Cairo - Egypt
Modes of Democracy, exhibition at Forte di Fortezza, 2015, Alto Adige - Italy
After Transparency, Solo Show at Centre Culturel Bellegard, 2015, Toulouse - France
Modes of Democracy, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, 2014, Prague - Czech Republic
Caratteri, exhibition at Palazzo del Governatore, 2014, Parma - Italy, net-art commission and online exhibition, 2014, NY - U.S.
An Opera of Labour and Revolution, at Kasa Gallery, 2014, Istanbul - Turkey

Pictures of Global Direct at Caratteri, exhibition at Palazzo del Governatore, Parma - Italy

Pictures of Global Direct installation for Modes of Democracy at DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague - Czech Republic

Pictures of Global Direct installation for Systems of Systems, exhibition at Giorgio Persano Gallery, Turin - Italy

Pictures of Global Direct installation for P.I.G.S., exhibition at Artium Museum, Basque MCoCA, Vitoria-Gasteiz - Spain

Pictures of Global Direct at Vancouver Art Gallery for ISEA 2015, Vancouver - Canada

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