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„InterceptionExtended” (2008)

The surveillance camera, used to monitor public space, has been overtaken in a city of Ljubljana.
On location, where the CCTV camera had been disabled, the author left a mark- the word „Panopticon”,
which pointed to the meaning of the action. Camera and documentation of the intervention were exhibited in a Gallery in Ljubljana after the event.

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”.

The action was illegal.

 

Biography

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.



 

"Invigilate" 2005 "Environment" 2006 "Looking out of the window" 2006 "Interception" 2007 "Interception 2" 2008 "InterceptionExtended" 2008 "Panopticon" 2008 "Political-spam" 2008
 
"InterceptionLinz" 2009 "Pornea" 2009 "Detection" 2010 "Interception 3" 2011 "Interception 4" 2011 "Interception 5" 2012 "Detection II" 2012