[artinfo] Global Direct - Political Philosophy Art - Global Democracy Now

Paolo Cirio press.paolo.cirio at gmail.com
Wed Dec 17 12:51:52 CET 2014

Press Release Nov./Dec. 2014. NYC.

Global Direct

    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,
    among others.
    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
    campaign’s political symbol beside each slogan. In the poster, a clear
    sky visually represents a bright future full of new possibilities above
    the clouds.
    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 artist’s 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 artist’s 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
    global society.

    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.

Paolo Cirio.



    1. http://GlobalDirect.today/
    2. http://GlobalDirect.today/program
    3. http://GlobalDirect.today/campaign
    4. http://GlobalDirect.today/about
    5. http://GlobalDirect.today/today
    6. http://GlobalDirect.today/statements
    7. http://GlobalDirect.today/yesterday
    8. http://paolocirio.net/work/global-direct/#pics
   10. http://paolocirio.net/

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