Location: Theater Kikker
Evan Roth investigates the interface between popular and digital culture, and explores proper and malicious use of technology. Using prints, videos and sites, he undertakes a multifaceted metaphorical journey into the workings of the internet and its memory. For instance, he ensures that his website will be the first to come up if you type ‘bad ass motherfucker’ in Google Search, and he makes self-portraits based on his browser cache.
Evan Roth― Artist
In his work Evan Roth (1978, US) visualizes and archives culture through unintended uses of technologies. Creating prints, sculptures, videos and websites, his work explores the relationship between misuse and empowerment and the effect that the philosophies of hacker communities can have when applied to digital and non-digital systems. Roth’s work is part of the permanent collection of MOMA New York and he has won numerous awards such as the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award. Roth also co-founded the organizations Grafitti Research Lab and the Free Art & technology lab.
Petra Heck― Moderator
Petra Heck (NL) is a freelance curator (for TAAK, TodaysArt and others) and focuses on contemporary (media) art, performances, and (online) public space. She is specialised in video, internet and other ephemeral art forms. Her practice questions the consequences of technological and other societal developments for contemporary art, the artwork itself, and the artistic process. Between 2006 and 2012, she worked as a curator and head of exhibitions at the Netherlands Media Art Institute (NIMk/Montevideo). Her exhibitions there included solo exhibitions by Cory Arcangel and Omer Fast, numerous group exhibitions, and performance evenings with Dutch and international artists, including Mark Leckey, Constant Dullaart, JODI, Mounira Al Solh, Oliver Laric, Metahaven, Ola Vasiljeva, Jon Rafman. At NASA (New Art Space Amsterdam) she worked with Nicoline van Harskamp, Gabriel Lester and others. And as a freelance curator she worked with the artists Germaine Kruip, Melanie Bonajo, Frank Koolen and many more. Next to curating Petra Heck writes, and is currently a committee member at the Creative Industry Fund.