Casual Computing

On Display
January 24, 2013 to May 11, 2013
Kibel Gallery

Casual Computing, a selection of new and existing works by Evan Roth (B.S. Arch '00) "Level Cleared" by Evan Rothhighlights a changing and empowering approach towards technology as it becomes more commonplace. With pieces including prints, sculptures, videos and websites, the work is defined less by medium and genre than by its appropriation of popular culture. Whether realized online, in the studio, in the city or at the airport, Roth questions the sacred nature of technology and experiments with showing it creative disrespect. 


Roth is fascinated with the misuse of seemingly rigid systems, and the effect that philosophies from hacker communities can have when applied outside of computer screens. His work demonstrates how small shifts in representation can enable us to see our environment with new eyes and visualize transient moments in public space, online and in popular culture.


Roth returns to campus in April to discuss how hacker philosophies can be applied to making art online, in the gallery and in the city. Roth’s lecture, Public Space, White Walls and the Internet, will take place April 5, 2013, 6:15 pm in the Architecture Building Auditorium at the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.


This will be Roth’s first time displaying work at UMD’s School of Architecture since he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 2000.This exhibition, curated by Ronit Eisenbach and designed by Eisenbach and Gallery Assistant Kristen Fox, is an exciting homecoming for the artist.


Roth’s lecture and exhibit are presented in collaboration with The University of Maryland Digital Cultures & Creativity Program, Department of Art, Honors College & the Art Gallery.


Evan Roth

Evan Roth is an American artist based in Paris who applies a hacker philosophy to an art practice that visualizes transient moments in public space, online and in popular culture. Roth's work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art NYC and has been exhibited at various institutions, including the Centre Pompidou, the Kunsthalle Wien, the Tate, the Foundation Cartier and the front page of YouTube. In 2012, Roth was awarded the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award. Roth is also co-founder of the Graffiti Research Lab and the Free (F.A.T. Lab), a web based, open source research and development lab.