Evan Roth

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Evan Roth
Evan Roth head shot.jpg
BornMarch 5, 1978[citation needed]
EducationUniversity of Maryland and Parsons The New School for Design
Known forinteractive art, programming, generative art, LED Throwies, digital art, net art
Notable work
Graffiti Research Lab, Free Art and Technology Lab, EyeWriter

Evan Roth (born 1978) is a US artist who applies a hacker philosophy to an art practice that visualizes transient moments in public space, online and in popular culture.[1]


Evan Roth received a degree in architecture from University of Maryland and a MFA from the Communication, Design and Technology school at Parsons The New School for Design, where he graduated as class valedictorian.[citation needed] During his time at Parsons, he developed several projects, including Graffiti Taxonomy, Typographic Illustration, Explicit Content Only and Graffiti Analysis, his thesis project. Roth was named one of the ten most interesting recent graduates of 2006.[2]

After graduating Roth worked at the Eyebeam OpenLab, an open source creative technology lab for the public domain as a Research and Development Fellow from 2005–2006 and a Senior Fellow from 2006-2007. Roth's work with graffiti, open source technology and public space led to him forming the Graffiti Research Lab ("GRL") with James Powderly in 2005.[3] GRL projects include LED Throwies and L.A.S.E.R. Tag. In 2007, Roth co-founded the Free Art and Technology Lab (F.A.T. Lab), an Internet-based art-and-technology collective dedicated to the intersection of open-source hacking and popular culture. He has worked under the pseudonym fi5e.[4]

Roth and Ben Engebreth were awarded a 2007 Rhizome Commission for White Glove Tracking, which was presented at the Contemporary New Museum in New York City.[5][6] Roth was again awarded a Rhizome Commission in 2008 for his project "T.S.A. Communications." [7]

Several of Roth's work are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.[8] Roth currently[when?] lives in Paris with his wife.[citation needed]

In 2012, he was awarded a Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award.[9]



Selected exhibitions, screenings and performances include:

  • 2011, Kitsch Digital: Tres décadas de interferencias en la web, Can Felipa. Barcelona, España. Curator Helena Acosta [10]
  • 2010, British Design Museum,[11] Brit. Insurance Design of the Year 2010, London, UK
  • 2009, Fondation Cartier,[12] Born In The Streets - Graffiti, Paris, France
  • 2009, Kurzfilmtage,[13] 55th International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen, Germany
  • 2009, AVAILABLE ONLINE FOR FREE,[14] Solo exhibition, Vienna, Austria
  • 2009, Filmwinter,[15] Festival For Expanded Media, Stuttgart, Germany
  • 2008, Museum of Modern Art,[16] Rough Cut: Design Takes a Sharp Edge,[17] New York City, New York
  • 2008, Thailand Creative & Design Center,[18] Perishable Beauty Exhibition,[19] Bangkok, Thailand
  • 2008, Tate Modern,[20] Street Art,[21] London, UK
  • 2008, Netherlands Media Art Institute,[22] Speaking Out Loud,[23] Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2008, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts,[24] Beyond a Memorable Fancy,[25] New York City, New York
  • 2008, Videotage,[26] Secondlife,[27] Hong Kong
  • 2008, Museum of Modern Art,[28] Design and the Elastic Mind, New York City, New York
  • 2007, Sundance Film Festival,[29] New Frontiers, Park City, Utah
  • 2007, 2nd Digital Arts Festival,[30] OpenPlay, Taipei City, Taiwan
  • 2007, Microwave Festival,[31] Luminous Echo, Hong Kong
  • 2007, IEEE,[32] Infovis Art Show, Sacramento, California
  • 2007, Ars Electronica, Second City, Linz, Austria
  • 2007, Eyebeam, Open City,[33] New York City, New York
  • 2006, Ars Electronica, Goodbye Privacy, Linz, Austria
  • 2005, Tokyo Type Directors Club Tokyo,[34] Tokyo, Japan (Curated by John Maeda)
  • 2005, Typsonic,[35] Ingolstadt, Germany
  • 2004, The Cracow Film Festival,[36] Cracow, Poland


  1. ^ "Index of /about". www.evan-roth.com.
  2. ^ "Head of the Class", RES, 9(2):52,56
  3. ^ Quinlan, Adriane (2007-12-06). "How Graffiti Artists are Cleaning Up". Time Magazine. Retrieved 2008-11-19.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-13. Retrieved 2014-04-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "White Glove Tracking". www.whiteglovetracking.com.
  6. ^ "Rhizome|2007 Commissions". Archived from the original on 2008-07-24. Retrieved 2008-09-06.
  7. ^ "Rhizome|2009 Commissions". Archived from the original on 2008-09-28. Retrieved 2008-09-06.
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ Kurutz, Steven (2012-05-02). "Evan Roth, an Award-Winning Man of Many Tags". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  10. ^ "Inicio : Inicio". January 27, 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-01-27.
  11. ^ "Designs of the Year". www.designsoftheyear.com.
  12. ^ "Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain". Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain.
  13. ^ "Home". www.kurzfilmtage.de.
  14. ^ "Evan Roth: AVAILABLE ONLINE FOR FREE". February 27, 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-02-27.
  15. ^ "Startseite | 34. Stuttgarter Filmwinter – Festival for Expanded Media". filmwinter.de.
  16. ^ "MoMA". The Museum of Modern Art.
  17. ^ "MoMA.org | Exhibitions | 2008 | Rough Cut: Design Takes a Sharp Edge". December 17, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-12-17.
  18. ^ [2][dead link]
  19. ^ [3][dead link]
  20. ^ "Tate Modern". October 14, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-10-14.
  21. ^ "Tate Modern| Past Exhibitions | Street Art". January 21, 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-01-21.
  22. ^ . November 21, 2009 https://web.archive.org/web/20091121023147/http://www.nimk.nl/en/index.html. Archived from the original on 2009-11-21. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  23. ^ "Programme". December 24, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-12-24.
  24. ^ "EFA redirect". efa1.org.
  25. ^ "Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts » Beyond a Memorable Fancy". December 4, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-12-04.
  26. ^ "Video". www.videotage.org.hk. Retrieved 2021-02-12.
  27. ^ ":: SECOND LIFE ::". December 2, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-12-02.
  28. ^ [4][dead link]
  29. ^ "Film & Events — Sundance Film Festival". March 14, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-03-14.
  30. ^ "Openplay". September 1, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-09-01.
  31. ^ "luminous echo". www.microwavefest.net.
  32. ^ [5][dead link]
  33. ^ "Graffiti Research Lab » Open City Online".
  34. ^ "Tokyo Type Director's Club". Tdctokyo.org. Retrieved 2021-02-12.
  35. ^ [6][dead link]
  36. ^ "Nagrody filmowe w Krakowie".

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