Evan Roth is increasingly interested in exploring the physical infrastructure of the internet. His latest project brings his research into your bedroom.
A group show at Paris’s Galerie Charlot uses bygone tools and techniques to explore modern media.
For the past decade, along with fellow former members of the late hacker-net artist collective FAT Lab, American artist Evan Roth has been “dedicated to enriching the public domain one mutha-fuckin LOL at a time.”
Remove Justin Bieber from your internet. Slice up subway posters for easy remixing. Mix LEGO, K’nex, and Lincoln Logs in an incestuous scramble of childhood toys. Star in your own guerrilla TED talk. Those are just a brief excerpt of the mischievous things an active viewer can accomplish at Eyebeam’s retrospective of the hacker-internet artist-new media graffiti collective F.A.T. Lab.
One of the most important social, political, and artistic concerns facing us today is the question of access: our ability to share media, our ability to take ownership of or simply to view films, music, and other forms of art. In the past, non-digital and only finitely reproducible media created a certain type of economic exchange and ownership which has long been upended by file sharing. Every day millions of people download and stream films on the Internet in an alternative form of exchange more related to cultural capital than economic capital. This is a political action accomplished as easily as downloading the flat version of Avatar.