Roch Forowicz
Since 2005
rochforowicz@gmail.com
Works in Warsaw Poland

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BIO
In his artistic work Roch Forowicz focuses on the issue of city surveillance, the fact of being constantly observed by CCTV systems and of data being processed all the time. His activities are radical and often described as illegal ‘hacktivist’ interventions, whose aim is taking over and using surveillance devices against the will of their creators.

He has been working 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, Culture 2.0, Beautiful Lies, Copernicus Science Center etc.

Discussions (19) Opportunities (0) Events (15) Jobs (0)
DISCUSSION

upgrade!warsaw


http://www.environment.pl/upgrade

A very private show

Join us for an Upgrade!Warsaw this Sunday (23.09) with Agata Groszek, She will talk about her social and critical art, documentary films, video, pastiche films, photographies and installations. Every time She use the medium that best suits to a particular subject.

At the Upgrade!Warsaw meeting at Dziekanka She’ll presents The Family Films.

Family Films - a kind of family chronicles. Conversations with aged family members about relationships, past and controversial subjects - an attempt to catch irreversibly passing time and to gain a deeper insight in myself by learning about not much known close people.
All talks concern the relationship.

Family Films: Raspberries, 10 min, 2007
A conversation of my father with his mother, my grandmother, where love and antipathy towards different family members shift; especially conflict with one of the sisters is to be seen. At the same time it’s a registration of a difficult life of a 93 years old, blind and hard of hearing person.

Family Films: A conversation, 3 min, 2006
A conversation with my 83 years old grandfather, why he never settled a family and about his women. Dialog, that more hides than shows, but the unspoken is equally important.

Family Films: I would have lived like a lord, 10 min, 2007
78 years old uncle Richard recalls a lost chance to educate and develop his musical talent. The story is illustrated with his singing during the Sunday church mass.

Family Films: An elegant boy, 9 min, 2007
A conversation with a 78 years old uncle, how he used to pick up girls, when he was young, how he found his wife and why he married at the age of 43.

Family Films: Don’t remember, 1 min, 2007
A woman, my aunt, who defends herself from confessions. All she says is “I don’t remember”. This little piece stays in interesting contrast to the rich, never ending stories of her husband - the man from the films “I would have lived like a lord” and “An elegant boy”.

Family Films: A motorcycle, 1 min, 2007
An audio piece - my grandmother talks about the choice she had in the far past - to settle a family or to buy a motorcycle.

www.groszek.vnet.com.pl
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The Upgrade! Warsaw - monthly gathering of media artist that fosters dialogue and creates opportunities for collaboration. Events are informal. Entrance is free.

5:00 pm, “Dziekanka” - multimedia art workroom
"Dziekanka" is the dormitory of The Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland.
It is situated at 58/60 Krakowskie Przedmiescie.

DISCUSSION

roch_forowicz_Interception


A new project by Roch Forowicz.

http://www.environment.pl/interception

„Interception”

The surveillance camera being used to monitor public space was taken over.

Next, the camera was used intentionally to broaden consciousness concerning
the problem of increasing lack of privacy.
The camera working with a special software was recognizing human posture
inside highly monitored public area.
The image was projected on the wall.
The action was illegal.

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Roch Forowicz was born in 1978 in Warsaw.
In 2005, he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw,
the Multimedia workroom, and got the master degree.
In 2007 he started working as an assistant professor of Multimedia
workroom at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.
In 2007 he set up Upgrade!Warsaw.

Selected exhibitions:
2004 e w n s Visual Arts Festival, "Invigilate - video"
2005 Rhizome, "Invigilate"
2005 Turbulence, "Invigilate"
2006 FILE Rio Symposium, "Invigilate"
2006 Turbulence, "Environment"
2006 FILE Sao Paulo, "Environment"
2006 Turbulence, "Looking out of the window"
2007 Centre for Contemporary Art - Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw,
CONCRETE LEGACY FROM CORBUSIER TO BLOKERS, "Invigilate","Looking out of the
window".

DISCUSSION

roch_forowicz_Interception


A new project by Roch Forowicz.

http://www.environment.pl/interception

„Interception”

The surveillance camera being used to monitor public space was taken over.
Next, the camera was used intentionally to broaden consciousness concerning the problem of increasing lack of privacy.
The camera working with a special software was recognizing human posture
inside highly monitored public area.
The image was projected on the wall.
The action was illegal.

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Roch Forowicz was born in 1978 in Warsaw.
In 2005, he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw,
the Multimedia workroom, and got the master degree.
In 2007 he started working as an assistant professor of Multimedia
workroom at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.
In 2007 he set up Upgrade!Warsaw.

Selected exhibitions:
2004 e w n s Visual Arts Festival, "Invigilate - video"
2005 Rhizome, "Invigilate"
2005 Turbulence, "Invigilate"
2006 FILE Rio Symposium, "Invigilate"
2006 Turbulence, "Environment"
2006 FILE Sao Paulo, "Environment"
2006 Turbulence, "Looking out of the window"
2007 Centre for Contemporary Art - Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw,
CONCRETE LEGACY FROM CORBUSIER TO BLOKERS, "Invigilate","Looking out of the window".

DISCUSSION

upgrade!warsaw


Join us for an Upgrade!Warsaw this Sunday (19.08) with Pawel Janicki, who will talk about his artist's practice, in frames of WRO Center activities and as independent. Case histories of some past and ongoing projects (network and sound oriented projects, cooperatives and individual) will be discussed, especially developing process. Presentation will
be concentred on relations between ready-made software/hardware and created as an important part of a projects.

Pawel Janicki (born 1974) is an independent media artist and producer working with generative music, microsound and algorithmic composition, interactive systems for performances and installations, and his own constantly developed hard- and software. Pawel is networked with WRO Center for Media Art and actually his work is concentrated on software based sound/music processing, net-applications (especially in the sound context), and revitalisation of existing military and entertainment technologies and infrastructure. He's also an ex-member of well-knowned, exploring lo-tech aesthetics collective Gameboyzz Orchestra Project, and author of the Ping Melody – software and performance joining improvised music with information exchange in world's dataspace of Internet.

The Upgrade! Warsaw - monthly gathering of media artist that fosters dialogue and creates opportunities for collaboration. Events are informal. Entrance is free.
5:00 pm, “Dziekanka” - multimedia art workroom
"Dziekanka" is the dormitory of The Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland.
It is situated at 58/60 Krakowskie Przedmiescie.

DISCUSSION

roch forowicz


http://www.outofthewindow.pl/“Looking out of the window” Pr=
oject and concept by roch forowicz The “Looking out of the window=
” project describes the daily environment the place whereI live.Sti=
ll in the same flat my whole life; I really feel this environment well an=
d I know it very exactly.Every part of this project has been recorded out o=
f the same window of my flat. Every single part of this series was publishe=
d in the Internet monthly.Every part describes a different story about di=
fferent kinds of problems.Knowing them from my surrounding, I am confronte=
d with them in my daily life. People who share with me this environment usu=
ally escape from problems into watching TV.This people in common especially=
like to escape to commercial drama series strongly influenced by human psy=
chology.The “Looking out of the window” project done in 200=
6 wants to remind that the“real dramas” are happening in r=
eal life; outside in front of the window.The posters been set up in public=
spaces afterwards the recording has been completed.The function of the pos=
ters should be and was to affect people to see the project’s websi=
te.=