INTERCEPTION 5 (2012)

Opticon is a visualization based on transformation of a 3D glassy solid. With its oval and organic shape, the transparent form generated many optical illusions and caustic reflections during the transformation process.

As a part of an artistic action entitled INTERCEPTION 5, Opticon was illegally embedded in the CCTV monitoring system at The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. The image from one of the CCTV cameras was intercepted, connected with the visualization and then implemented into the system again. The security guards could see the visualization overlaying the view of the monitored space on their screen. Paradoxically, this action created an area of contact between the security guards and the artistic contents of the building they worked in. Every day they faced the blinking and blurry views of general access areas (passages, parking lots, corridors). They did not witness the knowledge and the “spirit’ present in the rooms where the academic activities took place. The unclear origin of the transforming shape and its capture of the monitoring screens activated the bored recipients of those images. The intervention became an exercise that forced them to focus.

Opticon visualization was created in cooperation with Edward Sielicki, composer and soundtrack author. Acknowledgements to Edward Sielicki and Artur Rozmysł.

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Opticon is a visualization based on transformation of a 3D glassy solid. With its oval and organic shape, the transparent form generated many optical illusions and caustic reflections during the transformation process.

As a part of an artistic action entitled INTERCEPTION 5, Opticon was illegally embedded in the CCTV monitoring system at The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. The image from one of the CCTV cameras was intercepted, connected with the visualization and then implemented into the system again. The security guards could see the visualization overlaying the view of the monitored space on their screen. Paradoxically, this action created an area of contact between the security guards and the artistic contents of the building they worked in. Every day they faced the blinking and blurry views of general access areas (passages, parking lots, corridors). They did not witness the knowledge and the “spirit’ present in the rooms where the academic activities took place. The unclear origin of the transforming shape and its capture of the monitoring screens activated the bored recipients of those images. The intervention became an exercise that forced them to focus.

Opticon visualization was created in cooperation with Edward Sielicki, composer and soundtrack author. Acknowledgements to Edward Sielicki and Artur Rozmysł.

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Artist Statement

Roch Forowicz was born in 1978 in Warsaw, Poland. In 2005, he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Studio of Multimedia Artistic Creation at the Faculty of Graphic Arts. Since 2007, he has been working as an assistant at the Inter-University Studio of Multimedia Artistic Creation at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Organising Upgrade!Warsaw since 2007. Curator and co-founder of 2.0 gallery in Warsaw. Participant of many expositions and festivals, such as FILE festival (BR), HAIP Festival (SI), Liwoli09 (AT), Paraflows 09 (AT), Urban Research (DE), Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej - Zamek Ujazdowski (PL), Komuna Otwock, Entropia, STUDIO, WEF, Krytyka Polityczna etc.

Through his artistic activity, Roch Forowicz refers to the ‘city surveillance’ culture – constant supervision by means of CCTV and data processing and filing software and devices. His activity is radical, often characterised by illegal ‘hacktivist’ interventions, consisting in intercepting and using technological devices against their creators’ will.

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