Songs of the Sky: Photography & the Cloud (Arles)

Photo by Gerhard Kassner
Aurore Valade / Rencontres d’Arles 2022


Title:Songs of the Sky: Photography & the Cloud (Arles)
Institution:Rencontres d’Arles
Date:July 4 - September 25, 2022
Location:Arles, France


In his works, Evan Roth explores the mostly invisible aspects of our rapidly changing communication technologies. Landscapes, his site-specific project completed for C/0 Berlin, was started in 2014 and now comprises over eighty portrait-oriented slow-motion videos filmed in infrared. The artist made these recordings at stretches of coastline around the globe where the physical infrastructure of the virtual cloud, consisting of fiber-optic cables, leaves the ocean. These cables transport our data by means of infrared light and make use of underwater links laid by the British during the nineteenth-century colonial area. From 2018 to 2020, the artist used these videos as part of a peer to peer network performance titled Red Lines, which explicitly referenced the colonial era's All Red Line and activated the exact same cables from which users watched the videos. In both forms, the project questions the power structures underlying communication technology.

— Kathrin Schönegg, C|O Berlin

Red Lines is commissioned and produced by Artangel. The project is generously supported by Creative Capital.