From CT4CT: Creative Tools for Critical Times
Evan Roth (born 1978) is an artist whose work focuses on tools of empowerment, open source and popular culture. He has previously released work under the name "fi5e."Roth formed the Graffiti Research Lab ("GRL") with James Powderly in 2005. He co-founded the F.A.T. Lab (Free Art and Technology) in 2007.
According to Roth:
Evan Roth (aka fi5e) is an artist with interests in technology, tools of empowerment, open source, and popular culture. Roth graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in architecture. After working as an autocad monkey for a year in DC and another two in LA he returned to the east coast to attend the Parsons Design + Technology MFA program where he was awarded a 5' plastic trophy for graduating as valedictorian. During this time he developed Typographic Illustration, Explicit Content Only, Graffiti Taxonomy and his thesis project, Graffiti Analysis. After Parsons, Evan spent two years experimenting in creative open source R&D at the Eyebeam OpenLab where he created a slew of projects and co-founded the Graffiti Research Lab. Currently Roth is teaching MFA courses at Parsons ranging from visual programming to internet fame to geek graffiti (a course labeled "an invitation to break the law" by city council memeber Peter Vallone Jr.), and is in the process of co-founding F.A.T. (Free Art & Technology), Brooklyn's first and only R&D lab for the public domain.
AVAILABLE ONLINE FOR FREE
Evan Roth's AVAILABLE ONLINE FOR FREE (2009) is a culture jamming project in which consumers are encouraged to download and affix AVAILABLE ONLINE FOR FREE stickers to retail items like software and music CDs. AVAILABLE ONLINE FOR FREE is also the title of Roth's first solo exhibit at Advanced Minority Gallery (February 2009) in Vienna, Austria.
According to Advanced Minority:
The title of the exhibition, AVAILABLE ONLINE FOR FREE, alludes to the friction between the artist’s interest in utilizing the web as a medium for freely sharing content and ideas, and the art world’s interest in unique objects and limited editions. While many of the works created for the gallery are indeed unique, they are also made available for free online in their digital form.
The exhibit coincides with the release of Roth's book entitled AVAILABLE ONLINE FOR FREE. The book was made entirely in Linux using open source software and fonts. It chronicles Roth's artistic work from 2003-2008. The book is available online for free.