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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.

http://evan-roth.com

Project: Landscapes

In Landscapes, Evan Roth investigates the physicality of the Internet as a means to reconnect with changing digital and natural landscapes. Since 2014, Roth has been seeking out and visiting the coastal sites where undersea Internet cables emerge from the waters to find new ways of connecting with the ethos of the web’s beginnings while also being cognisant of the trappings of romantic nostalgia. Creative Capital funding will directly support filming trips to Cape Town, New York, Hong Kong and Buenos Aires. The resulting network located videos are shot with a modified camera that records in the same infrared frequency that travels through fiber optic cables. The works will be accessible online and streamed from servers located within the countries in which they were filmed.