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Cybercrusaders

BY CHIN-CHIN YAP

The surreal intersection of art, activism and computer hacking

PAOLO CIRIO, certificates of incorporation received upon purchase in Loophole for All, 2013. Courtesy the artist.

Paolo Cirio is an Italian conceptual artist who uses the internet to investigate contemporary power structures, often by means that border on the illegal. He is part of a burgeoning field of artists whose work is variously known as "hacker art," "digital legal art," "digital actionism" and, perhaps most memorably, "cease and desist art," a term coined by the critic and curator Simona

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