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Curtis Roth

  • Assistant Professor, Architecture Section
230 Knowlton Hall

Curtis Roth is an Assistant Professor at the Knowlton School of Architecture and a fellow of the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. His work explores architecture’s processes of cultural, economic and juridical valuation after the internet through diverse media productions including movies, video games, internet micro-economies, drawings, texts and occasionally irl stuff. His research and design work has been published in Volume, PIDGIN, PLAT, and Thresholds, among others, and has been exhibited internationally at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, the Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura in Mexico City and elsewhere. Curtis is currently finalizing a forthcoming book entitled Dark Products, a travelogue tracing the journeys of nine outsourced architectural instruments through the contemporary networks of online creative labor.

Prior to his current position, Curtis was a partner of OfficeUS, an experimental architectural practice founded within the US Pavilion during the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, and the Knowlton School of Architecture’s Richard W. Trott Distinguished Visiting Professor and Howard E. Lefevre Emerging Practitioner Fellow, where his research examined Superstudio’s 1970 performance [Hidden Architecture]. He is a graduate of Portland State University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was awarded the AIA’s Henry Adams Medal and the Ralph Adams Cram Thesis Prize.

Recent Work

Real Time
Or: The Earth is Very Large and I Am Doing the Best That I Can

Real Time is a live-streamed digital video examining the geopolitics of the throbber. Colloquially referred to as a buffering icon, the throbber is that ubiquitous cycling .gif intervening between the motions of our bodies while surfing and a distant server’s delivery of content. It is the last shadow of the geographic scale of the internet, the momentary interruption of the vastness of planet earth itself into the otherwise smooth flow of real-time experiences. The underlying code comprising this video piece has been distributed across thirty-three servers, located on five continents. Each screening is the live re-assembly of this content.

Exhibited at:

ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe
Open Codes: Living in Digital Worlds, October 10, 2017 - August 5, 2018