Paolo Cirio created a database with 4000 faces of French police officers to crowdsource their identification with Facial Recognition technology and through the platform Capture-Police.com. Cirio also printed the officers’ headshots as street art posters and posted them throughout Paris. 

The project Capture comments on the potential uses and misuses of Facial Recognition and Artificial Intelligence by questioning the asymmetry of power at play. The lack of privacy regulations of such technology can eventually turn against the same authorities that urge the use of it. With this artistic provocation, Cirio shows how the technological power of Facial Recognition is excessively dangerous for society and even for the police.

Paolo Cirio works with the legal, economic, and cultural systems of the information society. He shows his research and intervention-based works in the form of artefacts, photos, installations, videos, and public art. Cirio’s work embodies the contradictions, ethics, limits, and potential inherent in the social complexity of information society through a provocative, critical, and proactive approach.

Paolo Cirio has won a number of awards, including a 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 (International Studio & Curatorial Program), 2017; among others. Cirio has exhibited in international museums and his art interventions have been covered by hundreds of media outlets worldwide. Cirio's artworks have unsettled institutions such as Facebook, Amazon, Google, VISA, Pearson, Cayman Islands, and NATO, among others.

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