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26 November 2018 – 24 March 2019

On the second floor of Kettle’s Yard, just at the top of the stairs, we are currently displaying Evan Roth’s Red Lines, 2018, an Artangel Commission.

Filmed at remote coastal sites around the world where internet cables emerge from the sea, Red Lines is a network of mesmerising infrared video landscapes revealing the hidden physical source of the internet.

On first glance, it seems as if nothing is going on, but you should be able to notice subtle changes in light as clouds pass in front of the sun, animals, people, aeroplanes and boats moving in and out of the frame, and changes in the wind and wave patterns. Evan Roth

Roth travelled to sites in Argentina, Australia, France, Hong Kong, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden and the United States, and filmed them using a camera adapted to record in the infrared  spectrum, the same as that with which data is transmitted through the cables.

The title of the work refers to The All Red Line, the submarine telegraph cable system that connected the colonies of the British Empire in the early 20th century, now a vast network of fibre-optic data connections that makes our networked communication possible.

 

Red Lines running on a laptop, showing a clip from a network located video of a fibre­optic cable landing location on the Argentine coast halfway  between Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata, made using a camera adapted to  film in the infrared spectrum.  Credit: Evan Roth, Red Lines (2018). An Artangel commission.
Photograph: Tobias Faisst, compositing Tom Hadley

 

Red Lines is available to anyone, anywhere

This work is available to anyone, anywhere for free with an internet connection.
Join the network and experience Red Lines in your own space.

Head to redlines.network to set it up on a smartphone, tablet or laptop.

About the project

Red Lines is a new video work by pioneering digital artist Evan Roth, the winner of Artangel’s first international open call competition.

Kettle’s Yard is one of a network of galleries and organisations across the UK to show the work simultaneously from 27 November, including:.

ATLAS Arts, Isle of Skye
Birmingham Open Media, Birmingham
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea
Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge
Open Data Institute, London
Telegraph Museum, Porthcurno, Cornwall
Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne

Red Lines was selected from over 500 proposals to Artangel Everywhere by a panel comprising artist and writer James Bridle, technology journalist Jemima Kiss, Artangel Co-Directors James Lingwood and Michael Morris, and Artangel’s Head of Digital Charmian Griffin. The work will be available online until 10 September 2019.