Alessandro Ludovico and Paolo Cirio’s online project involved stealing 1 million Facebook profiles, filtering them with face-recognition software, and then posting them on a custom-made dating website. Conceptually hacking big online corporations has proven to be a symbolic, dangerous and revealing artistic process, challenging funding principles of the digital economy and of digital communication at large. Face to Facebook work is the third part in the Hacking Monopolism Trilogy which also includes hactivist projects centred around Google (Google will Eat Itself) and Amazon (Amazon Noir).
Paolo Cirio has worked in various fields: net-art, street-art, video-art, software-art and experimental fiction. He investigates perception and the creation of cultural, political and economic realities manipulated by modes of control over information's power.
Face to Facebook - Hacking Monopolism Trilogy
Alessandro Ludovico is an artist, media critic and editor in chief of Neural magazine since 1993. He has published and edited several books, and has lectured worldwide. He is one of the founders of Mag.Net (Electronic Cultural Publishers organisation), and has also served as an advisor for Documenta 12‘s Magazine Project. He has been guest researcher at the Willem De Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, and teaches at the Academy of Art in Carrara.