Jacob Ciocci is an American visual artist, performance artist, musician, and professor. Along with sister Jessica Ciocci and friend Ben Jones, he was one of the three founding members of Paper Rad, an artist collective active from 2000 until 2008, whose work in the field of net.art––one of contemporary arts’ recent movements of the true avant-garde––helped ignite the genre, and is considered formative to a generation of younger artists whose works deals with the digital.
Ciocci has had solo exhibitions with Foxy Productions, New York; Interstate Projects, New York; Anthology Film Archives, New York; Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto; and And/Or Gallery, Los Angeles. He has exhibited and performed at a range of venues, including MOMA, the New Museum, and the Tate Britain. Ciocci is also one of the first Google Image results for the phrase “making friends with computers”.
Ciocci received his B.A. in computer science from Oberlin College. As a student at Oberlin College, Ciocci met Cory Arcangel and Paul B. Davis, and in 2000 Arcangel and Davis formed the experimental music collaboration Beige Programming Ensemble. Ciocci received his M.F.A. in art from Carnegie Mellon University in 2005.