Voices Over the Horizon documentation…


Benben
Digital print on dibond
2015

Total Internal Reflection (view video)
Single-channel video, 09:46
2015
(images courtesy Carroll/Fletcher)


Burial Ceremony
2km of GYTA53 direct bury fibre-optic cable
2015
(image courtesy Carroll/Fletcher)


Dances for Mobile Phones series (view video)
single-channel videos
2015
(image courtesy Carroll/Fletcher)

More information about Voices Over the Horizon here.

Related press:

Artist Evan Roth Used Ghost Hunting Equipment to Find the Physical Internet, Vice/the Creators Project
Exploring the Internet with Ghost-Hunting Equipment, WIRED
Voices over the Horizon, Protein

Ulrich Museum of Art…

Intellectual Property Donor
Ulrich Museum of Art
January 24 – April 12, 2015
Curated by Ginger Duggan and Judith Fox
Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas

More images here.

Dances for Mobile Phones

Dances for Mobile Phones series
single-channel videos
2015


(image courtesy Carroll/Fletcher)

Our mobile touchscreens are perhaps our most intimate connection to the Internet, rarely leaving our sides. Here, video recordings show everyday people performing everyday tasks on their mobile devices. Shot with a full-spectrum infrared and ultraviolet camera built by the Cleveland Paranormal Society to document disembodied human energy, pixels ordinarily visible to the human eye become invisible, and those signals normally invisible are made visible. In obscuring the digital interface, the new and unnatural movements we have adopted become all the more apparent. By contrast, the only illumination visible from the phones is the ordinarily invisible infrared beam, emitted from LEDs in the top section of the phone near the earpiece and used primarily for facial recognition. This illumination is controlled not by the user, but by the device, and displayed together these works prompt the question of who or what is controlling our gestures as well.

~ Carroll / Fletcher

Voices over the Horizon is on view through April 11th at Carroll / Fletcher in London.

Voices Over the Horizon @ Carroll / Fletcher

Voices Over the Horizon (solo exhibition)
Carroll / Fletcher, London, UK
March 5 – April 11, 2015
Private View: 5 March | 6.30-8.30 pm

Press release:

“Carroll / Fletcher is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Paris-based American artist Evan Roth.

In Voices over the Horizon, Roth presents the findings of his paranormal investigations into the Internet. Using ghost-hunting technologies and rituals, Roth ventures into the Internet’s physical landscape to reconnect with a network changed by monetisation, centralisation and surveillance.

Often described as the search for disembodied human energy, ghost hunting for Roth becomes an apt way to describe our daily interactions with the Internet – a world seemingly invisible yet swarming all around us.

Like his 19th century counterparts whose urgent enquiries into the supernatural were often conducted on sites of assumed paranormal activity, Roth made a recent pilgrimage to Cornwall on the south-westerly tip of the UK, one of the world’s most important telecommunications hubs dating back to the very first trans-Atlantic telegraph cables laid there in 1870. Today, fibre-optic Internet cabling connecting the United States to Europe ascends from the depths of the Atlantic basin onto the Cornish coast carrying 25% of the world’s Internet traffic. Zigzagging and disappearing through several small beach towns, here the physical Internet meets a picturesque, untamed landscape, long steeped in tales of both communication technologies and the paranormal.

Voices Over the Horizon reveals loss and an unconventional search to seek out optimism and inspiration in an increasingly dark Internet landscape.”

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Current and upcoming exhibitions…

Intellectual Property Donor (solo exhibition)
Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas
January 24 – April 12, 2015

Panopticon
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, UT
February 13 – July 25, 2015

This Is for Everyone
Museum of Modern Art, New York City
February 14 – January 31, 2016

Voices Over the Horizon (solo exhibition)
Carroll / Fletcher, London, UK
March 5 – April 11, 2015

#NEULAND (three person exhibition with Aram Bartholl and JODI)
Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren, Kaufbeuren, Germany
March 28 – 28 June, 2015

Signal from Noise
Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, NY
March 29 – May 3, 2015

Intellectual Property Donor (solo exhibition)
Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, Tennessee
May 8 – August 2, 2015

No Original Research @ Snel Hest …


http://doroknot-on-gainsboro.com


http://rhombicdodecahedron-on-lightyellow.com


http://lotru-on-hotpink.com

No Original Research is a new series of 11 art websites which are premiering today as part of the Snel Hest exhibition at the Alingsas Konsthallen (Sweden). For a complete list of pieces included in the series go to: http://no-original-research.com (more info here).

No Original Research is a series of art websites, each created from a single animation and audio file found on wikipedia.org. The title originates from one of Wikipedia’s core content policies, which states that all material must “cite reliable, published sources that directly support the material being presented”. The URL of each composition serves as its title, describing the repeated animation and the background color. The use of these gifs and HTML color names are a celebration of content driven by function and necessity. Compositions are created by copying a found animated gif file dozens of times and embedding them into a single HTML page. When the browser tries (and fails) to load all of the files simultaneously they become out of synch, creating an animation cycle that visualizes the latencies specific to the viewer. Each viewing is a unique experience dictated by the speed of the network, the browser used and the speed of the computer.

Information on the Wikipedia content used to create the pieces can be found by viewing the page source of the individual pieces.

Commissioned by the Alingsas Konsthallen.

Hello World…


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My new studio (with studio mate Benjamin Gaulon) is now fully operational in Paris’s 11th arrondissement. Mathieu Tremblin (of Les Freres Ripoulain) christened the place with a new piece. Passersby can conduct a studio visit by going to my Offline Art node, which will be displaying unreleased pieces and works in progress. You can also visit the studio on the deep web at http://65zg2mx5bipqf2nn.onion/ (Tor browser required).


‘Previously in the City: BASIC’ by Mathieu Tremblin, 2014, Paris


Offline Art Node

Pencil / Line / Eraser at Carroll Fletcher


(Photo by Robin Reeve, courtesy Carroll / Fletcher Gallery)

I’m excited to be a part of the Pencil / Line / Eraser exhibition at Carroll / Fletcher gallery in London, “a group show surveying recent works in expanded drawing which use paper and line as a point of departure.” From August 1 to September 13, 2014.


Silhouettes (March 24 to June 24, 2014)
1030g drawing board
315 x 160cm
2014
(Photo by Robin Reeve, courtesy Carroll / Fletcher Gallery)


Casual Computing No. 1, 2014 (Candy Crush)
Lambda print face mounted on acrylic, dibond backing
90 x 90cm
2014
(Photo by Robin Reeve, courtesy Carroll / Fletcher Gallery)

Next, Next, Next at Phillips….


Next, Next, Next
lambda print face-mounted to acrylic, flush-mounted to Dibond in artist’s frame
2014

I’m participating in the Lindsay Howard curated PADDLES ON! LONDON AUCTION at Phillips. The auction takes place at the Phillips auction house (Howick Place London SW1P 1BB) on July 3, 2014 at 7PM. Online bidding ends July 2nd (Wednesday) on Paddle8. I did a short interview with New York Times reporter Scott Reyburn, which can be read here: On Screen and on the Block: The market for computer-created artwork is growing. I also participated in a related panel discussion, ‘Digital Art and Economies of Scale‘.

Kopimi Totem w/ Piratbyrån


Kopimi Totem
WIFI routers
82cm x 34cm x 52cm
2014

Kopimi Totem is a new piece created in collaboration with Piratbyrån for the exhibition Piratbyrån and Friends at Furtherfield Gallery in London. It was honor to meet, work and share wall space with my cultural heroes. For those in London, I suggest spending some time with the exhibition as there is so much more to their story than what is found online (bring a hard drive and maintain hardline Kopimi).

Geraldine has a great set of photos of the exhibition. I also have some here.

More about the piece here:

The Kopimi Totem is a sculpture composed of seven open wireless routers arranged in the iconic Kopimi pyramid. The shape of the sculpture is also mirrored in ASCII form when a visitor opens the wireless settings on her laptop or mobile device. The network names (SSID) of each of the routers are arranged by default alphabetically to create a mirrored digital totem within the connecting device’s operating system. When visitors connect to each of the routers, they will have access to download archival media (text, images, video, etc) from the 10 year history of the Piratbyrån organization. Kopimi, an idea created by Piratbyrån member Ibi Kopimi Botani, is an alternative to copyright that not only expressly allows all forms of copying, but encourages it. In addition to downloading files, visitors to the Kopimi Totem can also upload their own files, thus contributing to the harmony of the data life cycle of copy (yin) and paste (yang). When a visitor connects to all seven of the routers in the sculpture, the network names will be saved (“collected”) in the operating system’s list of visited/preferred networks, recreating the ASCII pyramid once again and acting as a token of this pilgrimage.

More about the exhibition here:

“Piratbyrån and Friends traces the stories of cultural sharing and affinity-building among the activities and values of the members of Piratbyrån (The Bureau of Piracy). This Swedish artist/activist group was established in 2003 to promote the free sharing of information, culture and intellectual property. The exhibition presents screenings, installations and artworks by founding and more recent members, keen to tell the story of the group on their own terms”

The Kopimi Totem was built using PirateBox with big thanks to Matthias Strubel.

Born Digital: Online Benefit Auction on Paddle8


Female, 34, NASA scientist, College Park, Maryland (March 2013)
Internet Cache Portrait series
Lambda print face mounted on acrylic, dibond backing
90cm x 90cm
Unique
2014

I have a new piece in “Born Digital,” a Paddle8 benefit auction in support of LINK Center for the Arts of the Information Age. Bidding starts today, April 15, at 12 pm EST and ends April 30.

My piece can be viewed (and bid on) here:

https://paddle8.com/work/evan-roth/29922-female-34-nasa-research-meteorologist-college-park-md-march-2013

Details:

LINK Center for the Arts of the Information Age is an Italian-based multidisciplinary organization that promotes artistic research, curates exhibitions and presentations, and publishes an active book series. This is a very worthwhile cause and I encourage everyone to take a look at the auction site, which includes pieces from an exciting collection of artists:

Alterazioni Video, Anthony Antonellis, Aram Bartholl, Erik Berglin, Enrico Boccioletti, Heath Bunting, Marco Cadioli, Martin John Callanan, Gregory Chatonsky, Adam Cruces, Caroline Delieutraz, Harm Van Den Dorpel, Constant Dullaart, Electroboutique, Herbert W. Franke, Elisa Giardina Papa, Matteo Giordano, Emilio Gomariz, IOCOSE, Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Janez Janša, JODI, Joan Leandre, Jan Robert Leegte, Jonas Lund, Rosa Menkman, Filippo Minelli, Vera Molnar, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Angelo Plessas, Evan Roth, Alexei Shulgin, Clement Valla, Carlo Zanni