Missing Evidence (Independent Police Academy Archive Vol IV)


Beat Officer, Lucy Pawlak


London, UK

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Art > Sculptures > Contemporary (1980-Now)

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Artist Bio:

As a Policeman I was one of the first officers in the flagship trials of Dorothy, an interface linking the brain to a cloud. Dorothy Officers are hybrid agents cerebrally connected to a global archive of big data. When a Dorothy Officer arrives on a crime scene, the cloud begins a conversation with the officer’s thoughts, generating relevant forensic data. Dorothy collaborates with these hybrid agents to visualise a chain of activity relating to a specific crime.

I’m no longer employed by the Police. This project has emerged out of a malfunction in my Dorothy node, which resulted in an overly exuberant interest in the unsolved crime section of the database. Rather then become a whistle-blower I chose to reflect upon the traumatic scenes I witnessed through making and selling art through this project (endorsed by the police).

If you are curious to learn more you can watch this video documenting a training session held in the seaside resort of Whitstable, United Kingdom, 2016.

Curiosity about how we act together lies at the heart of my practice. Working with performance, writing, drawing, moving image and workshops, I design structures that address of how and why we adhere to systems and what the possibilities of breaking with patterns might offer.

I am currently attracted to considerations of the romantic figure of the artist-punk, cowboy or vigilante in relation the entrepreneurial laissez-faire capitalist, the quest for independence in relation to the pursuit of self-interest.


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Artist Statement:

I want to use the auction to continue to explore the question: What if an individual who had witnessed corrupt or unjust activity within an organisation decides to become an artist instead of a whistle blower?

The character of the Beat Officer (a police officer turned artist) aims to interrogate ideas of independence and the role of art and artists within society.

The auction continues an investigation into considering the romantic figure of the artist-vigilante in relation the entrepreneurial laissez-faire capitalist, the quest for independence in relation to the pursuit of self-interest.