Next, Next, Next at Hessel Museum of Art

Next, Next, Next
Vinyl print
2014

Signal from Noise, curated by Elizabeth Larison. Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, NY

Roth’s work is from his series entitled Multi-Touch Paintings (2012-2014)—enlarged prints of various fingerprint patterns, which are derived from routine tasks performed upon a touch-screen device. The image selected for this exhibition, Next, Next, Next (2014) speaks directly to the inundation of visual information that requires the simplest and most general of movements in order to encourage prolonged viewing of new content.

Oversized and at eye-level, the fingerprint pattern of Next, Next, Next draws attention to an emergent language of both communication and gestural movements that are unique to the 21st century. Exploring how popular forms of passive, mundane engagement operate within contemporary networked culture, Roth’s Multi-Touch Paintings make visual the conflation of obscure personal information (epitomized by the fingerprint) and idle activity. Such gestures are are often made in successive, yet seemingly inconsequential ways that are nonetheless valuable elsewhere—whether as an unwitting contribution to page views or to a personal data profile. Online “engagement” as Roth’s works so deftly remind us, are reduceable to a few casual taps or swipes of the finger, many of which are made because they seemingly have no consequence, yet offer some semblance of connection or engagement.

Recognizing that the rapid exchange of information on the web is a new historical experience, Roth responds to this contemporary media climate by generating a body of work that is intended to be understood rapidly, if also at varying levels of depth. Intended to be experienced in at least three temporalities (online, in a gallery, and within a historical context), Roth’s oeuvre is reflects the signposts of a moment that demands multiplicity in order to have social and historical relevance.

~ Elizabeth Larison

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‘.