Evan Roth, Still from s33.372844e18.179869.co.za, 2017. Network located video, 18:00. Courtesy of the artist.
Since 2014, Roth has been documenting coastal sites where undersea internet cables
emerge from the waters. The work is a series of portraits of the internet’s physical
infrastructure, the real-world intersections between nature and contemporary
technology. The footage, filmed on an infrared camera, is a reference to the infrared
laser light that’s transmitted through fibreoptic cables.
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.