„INTERCEPTION4 London” 2011
„INTERCEPTION4 London” consisted in the interception of a police CCTV camera monitoring the streets of London. The camera was then used to raise public awareness in terms of the growing importance of social surveillance carried out by means of technological devices -„Surveillance Culture”.
The illegally seized CCTV camera became part of an interactive installation. It was re-installed, this time in a gallery. The picture registered by the camera is subject to real-time processing through modification of the face recognition software. The software masks the human face to render identification of persons entering the gallery room impossible. The gallery should be lighted solely with infrared light (which is invisible for a human eye but detectable by CCTV cameras). Discreet light, in a spectrum visible for a human being, would be the only effect displayed with regard to the picture registered by the camera and to the gentle spot lighting of the camera itself. During the exhibition the camera would be suspended on thin steel lines in the central part of the room.
The action was illegal.
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.