Project: Internet Landscapes

In Internet Landscapes, Evan Roth investigates the physicality of the Internet as a means to reconnect with changing digital and natural landscapes. Roth plans to follow fiber optic cables as they traverse the globe, and document their often invisible existence using technologies and techniques developed by paranormal societies, including: full spectrum photography; infrared video; instruments of trans-communication; and devices for recording electronic voice phenomena. As his personal pilgrimage to the Internet progresses, he will open this process up to a wider group in which techniques, locations and technologies can be shared freely. From his time in the wilderness of the Internet, Roth will produce a series of pieces in a range of mediums (sculptures, prints and websites) for exhibition off and online.

Awardee: Evan Roth

Emerging Fields, 2016

Evan Roth is an American artist based in Paris whose work visualizes and archives culture through unintended uses of technologies. Creating prints, sculptures, videos and websites, Roth is interested in the philosophies of hacker communities, as applied to digital and non-digital systems, and in the relationship between misuse and self-empowerment. His work is in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Israel Museum and has been exhibited recently at the 2016 Biennale of Sydney; Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966) at Whitechapel Gallery; and, This Is for Everyone at the Museum of Modern Art. Roth was born in Okemos, MI in 1978. He earned a BS in Architecture from the University of Maryland and an MFA from the Design and Technology department at Parsons. He co-founded the arts organizations Graffiti Research Lab and the Free Art & Technology Lab.