[NetBehaviour] Evan Roth: Intellectual Property Donor.

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Tue Feb 4 17:12:04 CET 2014

Evan Roth: Intellectual Property Donor.

Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts - Middletown
05 / 02 / 2014 - 02 / 03 / 2014

Evan Roth//Intellectual Property Donor, the first major U.S. one-person 
presentation of the artist’s pioneering, multi-faceted and interactive 
installations, custom software, prints, sculptures and websites, 
organized by guest curators Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox of 
c2 curatorsquared, will be on view in Wesleyan University’s Ezra and 
Cecile Zilkha Gallery from Wednesday, February 5 through Sunday, March 
2. The reception will be preceded by an artist talk by Evan Roth at 
4:30pm in CFA Hall, located at 287 Washington Terrace on the Wesleyan 
campus in Middletown.

Evan Roth’s work occupies the irregular zone at the intersection of free 
culture with popular culture, where viral media meets art, and graffiti 
connects with technology. The powerful and surprising images, objects, 
and experiences in the exhibition Intellectual Property Donor suggest a 
new way to exist within the current environment shaped by our 
participation in an increasingly cyber and global world, yet grounded in 
our need for materiality and personal connections.

Roth consistently intervenes into existing systems to subvert or 
transform them from the private realm to the public. His interest in 
graffiti and open source programming fall under the rubric of hacking. 
He often mentions a “handshake” moment between graffiti writers and 
hackers, noting the inherent potential to reach wider audiences and 
spread his way of thinking into general popular culture by referencing 
the same systems and open source methodologies. Roth inventively takes 
his artist’s brain and reaches into the disparate worlds of computer 
programming and street culture, forging a new way to approach each realm.


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