Open, pop culture R&D lab for the public domain

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Release early, often, and with rap music.

Evan Roth is a maker of things with a specific interest in tools of empowerment, open source, and popular culture. We covered him and some of his work recently in an article about how open source is disrupting visual art. And here, we give you some insight into the guy behind open source rap, graffiti, and Brooklyn’s first and only R&D lab for the public domain: F.A.T. Lab.

The Free Art and Technology Lab is an organization dedicated to enriching the public domain through the research and development of creative technologies and media. The entire FAT network of artists, engineers, scientists, lawyers, musicians, and Bornas are committed to supporting open values and the public domain through the use of emerging open licenses, support for open entrepreneurship and the admonishment of secrecy, copyright monopolies and patents.

Roth graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in architecture, and after working as an autocad monkey for a year in Washington D.C. and another two in Los Angeles, 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, he spent two years experimenting in creative open source research and development 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 member Peter Vallone Jr.). His current and past work is archived at

Jen leads a team of community managers for the Digital Communities team at Red Hat. She lives in Raleigh with her husband and daughters, June and Jewel.

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