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APRIL 2009

LECTURES: 2009.04.01

Evan Roth: Release Early, Often, and with Rap Music

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.

Roth's projects have recently shown at the Sundance Film Festival, the Moma, the Tate, the New Museum, and on BET. Evan's work has been published in the New York Times, Time magazine, Rolling Sone, and Esquire, and is the number one return for the google search "bad ass mother fucker".

Evan lives in Hong Kong with his wife and enjoys spending his free time violating laws related to copyright and vandalism. Current and past work is archived at

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