Félicien Goguey is a french artist and designer who lives and works in Geneva, Switzerland. He is currently performing research for his PhD in the Digital Humanities Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and he is a teaching assistant in MA Media Design at Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD — Genève). He uses multiple skills to create interactive installations, live performances, applications and connected objects. He explores the creative potential of programming languages and new technologies with a preference for open- source tools.
His main interests lie in communication networks and the imperceptibility of the Internet, more precisely in the factors responsible for its imperceptibility and the invisible mechanisms that a user encounters, as well as their political and social consequences. His research involves design methods that question or develop strategies to tackle these issues. Thus, his practice-based thesis tackles mass surveillance conducted within communication networks (the Internet and mobile phone network) by governmental entities (intelligence services, police, army) and the relations between monitored spaces and their users. This research project is focused on one specific object: the IMSI catcher (a monitoring device that intercept mobile phones identity and data by mimicking the activity of a cell tower).
His work and lectures have been presented in international events and museums such as Resonate (Belgrade), Vector Festival (Toronto), Mapping Festival (Geneva), Mirage Festival (Lyon), Lift Conference (Geneva), International Conference for Computational Creativity (Ljubljana), Crypto Design Challenge (Amsterdam), Centre d’Art Contemporain (Geneva), Kunsthaus Langenthal, Power Station of Art (Shanghai), Espace Multimédia Gantner (Bourogne), NeMe Arts Center (Limassol), Musée des Arts et Métiers (Paris).