Evan Roth

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Evan Roth
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Evan Andrew Roth

March 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] In 2012, he was awarded a Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award.[2]


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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6][7] Roth was again awarded a Rhizome Commission in 2008 for his project "T.S.A. Communications." [8]

Several of Roth's work are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.[9] Roth currently[when?] lives in Paris with his wife.[citation needed]

Notable projects[edit]


Selected exhibitions, screenings and performances include:


  1. ^ http://www.evan-roth.com/about/
  2. ^ Kurutz, Steven (2012-05-02). "Evan Roth, an Award-Winning Man of Many Tags". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  3. ^ "Head of the Class", RES, 9(2):52,56
  4. ^ Quinlan, Adriane (2007-12-06). "How Graffiti Artists are Cleaning Up". Time Magazine. Retrieved 2008-11-19.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-13. Retrieved 2014-04-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ whiteglovetracking.com
  7. ^ "Rhizome|2007 Commissions". Archived from the original on 2008-07-24. Retrieved 2008-09-06.
  8. ^ "Rhizome|2009 Commissions". Archived from the original on 2008-09-28. Retrieved 2008-09-06.
  9. ^ http://www.moma.org/collection/artist.php?artist_id=33190

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