The Big Plot


Paolo Cirio
Italy 2008 – 2009

“The Big Plot” is a romantic spy-story played on the info-sphere. It looks at the role of espionage in intrusions into people’s internet lives, the dysfunctional sociality that is being created by media communications, the political use and exploitation of social networks. Four characters will tell a story using dialogues shown on YouTube videos, blog posts, and via entries on their Facebook profiles. The cloned identity of a real spy will be used as a plot device for telling a story about the political and sentimental weakness of our era, which are accelerated by the compulsory use of personal media and social networking platforms. The compromised privacy on this kind of media and the political control over the Internet will be some of the most important issues of the story. Audiences will have an active role in the story as well they will be able to interact with the characters.

Paolo Cirio is researching into media, communication, politics and cultural anthropology. Radically and ironically, he controversially plays with semiotic vectors in order to involve the audience in thinking about the meaning of representations of reality. He has worked as media artist in various fields: net-art, street-art, video-art, public-art, marketing-art, software-art and interaction-design.

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