Roch Forowicz
Since 2005
Works in Warsaw Poland

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BIO
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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EVENT

INTERCEPTION5


Dates:
Sat Jul 28, 2012 15:55 - Sun Aug 05, 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.

The action was illegal.


EVENT

Interception 3 Vandalism against surveillance


Dates:
Mon Sep 05, 2011 01:20 - Fri Sep 30, 2011

The 'Interception' series of actions consists in illegal interception of CCTV cameras monitoring urban areas. The intercepted CCTV cameras are then used in order to raise public awareness of the growing issues of social surveillance implemented by means of technological devices -'Surveillance Culture'.

This time the action involved the use of a remote control robot constructed by the author himself. The robot enabled monitoring of the location of a security officer who supervised the part of the residential area concerned. Such a solution permitted to carry out an effective intervention at the perfect time.
The robot had been designed and constructed at home with the use of the generally available technology (shops selling model kits, CCTV devices, electrical appliances, metal and aluminium strips). No construction elements (subassemblies) had been purchased with the use of a credit card and their selection had not been discussed on online forums, which made potential identification of the creator of such a device significantly more difficult.
The action was illegal.


EVENT

InterceptionLondon


Dates:
Mon Sep 05, 2011 00:45 - Fri Sep 30, 2011

The 'Interception' series of actions consists in illegal interception of CCTV cameras monitoring urban areas. The intercepted CCTV cameras are then used in order to raise public awareness of the growing issues of social surveillance implemented by means of technological devices -'Surveillance Culture'.

This time the 'Interception' project was implemented in London. The surveillance camera, used to monitor public space, has been overtaken.
The action was illegal.


EVENT

INTERCEPTION 3 Vandalism against surveillance


Dates:
Tue Aug 02, 2011 17:45 - Fri Sep 02, 2011

Vandalism against surveillance
The 'Interception' series of actions consists in illegal interception of CCTV cameras monitoring urban areas. The intercepted CCTV cameras are then used in order to raise public awareness of the growing issues of social surveillance implemented by means of technological devices -'Surveillance Culture'.
This time the action involved the use of a remote control robot constructed by the author himself. The robot enabled monitoring of the location of a security officer who supervised the part of the residential area concerned. Such a solution permitted to carry out an effective intervention at the perfect time.

The robot had been designed and constructed at home with the use of the generally available technology (shops selling model kits, CCTV devices, electrical appliances, metal and aluminium strips). No construction elements (subassemblies) had been purchased with the use of a credit card and their selection had not been discussed on online forums, which made potential identification of the creator of such a device significantly more difficult.


The action was illegal.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAC-fcnX6K4


EVENT

DETECTION


Dates:
Wed Aug 11, 2010 00:00 - Tue Feb 01, 2011

Location:
Warsaw, Poland

Worshippers entering and leaving St. Alexander's church in Warsaw and Cathedral in Lublin were monitored with a thermographic camera.
Thermographic technology enables registration and imaging of changes in infrared radiation emitted by physical bodies.
The DETECTION project addressed the ever increasing lack of privacy, in a subversive way depicting the gap between the sacred and the profane.
Music by Hubert Napiórski
http://www.astipalearecords.pl.tl