Research: Evan Roth

by Beauchamp Art


Evan Roth – Internet Cache Self Portrait: July 17, 2012

Internet Cache Self Portrait series, Lambda and vinyl prints, Size variable, 2010 (ongoing)

Roth’s Internet Cache Self Portrait is a particularly effective example of work created in response to the exponential archive of the internet, the consequences for the expansive meta data generated through internet browsing for the individual, and how this reflects on their identity, as the piece features a massive collection of images taken from the artist’s temporary internet file cache, which have been presented collectively, as a roll of images, like wall paper, and in other para-sublime ways that respond to the enormity of the visual information explicitly, and also serve as an anthropological examination which could be analysed, if one were to look for patterns of similar or related images over time. Moreover, as this is part of an ongoing project, the work also reflects the sense of unending amalgamation and ceaseless expansion of the digital archive through the ever expanding sculptural forms of her work.

Furthermore, another dimension of remediation is added to the work by the online display of work, depicted as physical present in objective form in a gallery, as opposed to the subjective immateriality of the internet images which are featured within the piece; becoming self-reflective of the work, becoming simultaneously a self-portrait of the artist and a portrait of the media; and the means of digital representation.

“Evan Roth is an American artist based in Paris whose work explores the relationship between misuse and empowerment. Creating prints, sculptures, videos and websites, the work is defined less by medium and genre than by its appropriation of popular culture. Roth’s work is informed by the misuse of seemingly rigid structures and the effect that philosophies from hacker communities can have when applied to non-digital systems.” –

Evan Roth – Slide to Unlock

Multi-Touch Paintings series, Lambda print face mounted on acrylic, Size variable, 2011 (ongoing)

Another example of Roth’s work that offers an invigorating perspective on the relationship between people and technology is the Multi-Touch Paintings, with the especially effective example, Slide to Unlock, an enlarged images of a thumb-print sliding horizontally, printed on such as scale as the minute action of moving one’s digit across the implied smart-phone screen becomes a grand sweeping action; as if enlarged by its repetition; its benign regularity which is so easily overlooked (like a tripping tap filling a bathtub) is magnified by the artist, becoming a hyperbolic response to the observation of the interaction with digital interfaces, and the immediacy created by touch-screen technology that gives tactility to the representational.


Evan Roth –  Launch Twitter. Check Twitter. Close Twitter

This is further exemplified in Launch Twitter. Check Twitter. Close Twitter in which the reflexive action of browsing through a perpetual news-feed/micro-blogging website; with a few flicks of the finger allowing instant access to the banal thoughts of the user’s ‘followed’ figures; much like the Internet Cache Self Portrait, this not only functions as a representation of the interaction, but also as a form of autobiography; in their decision to engage in new forms of repetitive behaviour created by new hyper-connected, constantly updated media technologies. As if checking with every passion person whether they had said anything whilst navigating a busy street, and rapidly contemplating the perceived value of the inactive discourse, having to instantly weigh up the merits of countless fleeting remarks and decide whether they are worth remembering, repeating, and therefore remediating. Such networked new media require a hyperactive attention, and for the processing speed of the brain to match that of the machine, passively enforcing a cognitive response to Moore’s Law, and the Law of Accelerating Returns, and the further integration of electronic media into the everyday functions of the body, forming the basis for a externalised cybernetics.