[artinfo] Global Direct - Political Philosophy Art - Global Democracy Now
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Wed Dec 17 12:51:52 CET 2014
Press Release Nov./Dec. 2014. NYC.
Artwork by Paolo Cirio and currently shown at DOX Prague, Palazzo del
Governatore Parma and online on Turbulence.org
With the participation of Carne Ross, Daniele Archibugi, Douglas
Rushkoff, Jon Lebkowsky, Ethan Zuckerman, Michel Bauwens, David Moore,
The artwork Global Direct is a visionary political philosophy promoting
global participatory democracy driven by information technology and the
failure of current primitive political systems.
To illustrate the conceptual work the artist has drawn a series of
fifteen organograms for initiating a program for global participatory
These creative diagrams are informed by research in contemporary and
emergent forms of democracy which the artist conducted and integrates
as part of the artwork. Furthermore, the artist promotes Global Direct
through designing a political poster campaign to popularize its
Akin to a traditional political campaign, posters are disseminated
throughout public walls in several cities and consistently feature the
campaigns political symbol beside each slogan. In the poster, a clear
sky visually represents a bright future full of new possibilities above
Global Direct researches in pursuit of a new advanced version of
democracy, where everyone can take part in local and global governance,
justice, and economy. For this new political civilization, Global
Direct aims to inspire new protocols, procedures, and policies that can
cope with the social complexity, crises, and speed of contemporary
life. These issues are addressed in the artists theoretical essay.
Combining multiple voices and ideas about alternative modes of advanced
participatory and global democracy, the documentation on the website
includes academic publications, links to organizations, and articles
that influenced the creation of the project.
As part of its documentary component, the artist produced over ten
video statements by visionaries close to the ideas promoted by Global
Direct. The collection of short video statements are available on the
website, offering a compelling overview of the potentials of an ideal
The website also presents the artists research into social sciences
for comparing the political structures of several countries, which are
presented through many charts that diagram different governmental
functions and features.
Through this painstaking investigation the artist was able to analyze
common and specific mechanics of contemporary governance and reassemble
them with new organograms drawn in order to suggest the creative
political alternative proposed by the project.
The fifteen diagrams created for the project are presented via large
prints as an installation for art galleries. Each print indicates a
single area of governance and social structure.
The diagrams are also presented together on the website and distributed
in printed leaflets as interconnected networks of conceptual maps that
influence one other in a feedback loop for a fair, self-governing
These diagrams drawn by the artists are the core of the artwork,
describing the political program of Global Direct, as the ultimate
utopic vision, directly inspired by the multiple perspectives found
through research on prevailing political systems, theories, and
alternative ideas about advanced forms of democracy.
Global Direct is a 2014 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts,
Inc. in NY, U.S., for its Turbulence.org website, which is made
possible with funding from the Jerome Foundation.
Global Direct has been especially supported by DOX Centre for
Contemporary Art in Prague and Lunatici Cultural A.P.S Association
through the Municipality of Parma, Italy.
Keywords: Decentralization, Participation, Deliberation, Transparency,
Accountability and Openness in governance, Open Source Governance,
Open Data, Electronic Voting, Emergent Democracy, Online Consultation.
Thank you for the attention.
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