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„InterceptionLinz” (2009)

Actions in the „Interception” series refer to the city surveillance culture, i.e. permanent surveillance with the use of CCTV cameras, software and devices processing and storing information. The actions are deep-rooted in the idea of hacktivism, consisting in the interception and usage of technological solutions against the will of their creators.

This time the "Interception" project was implemented in Linz (European Capital of Culture 2009). Consequently to illegal actions, CCTV cameras along the main street, Landstrasse, as well as the central camera monitoring Hauptplatz, were damaged. The author left the „Panopticon” sign at the place of intervention.

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