Graffiti Research Lab

One of the goals of the Graffiti Research Lab is to try to remove some of the negative connotations that graffiti has. The purpose of the project is to rethink how people make and look at graffiti and street art.’ Geeta Dayal, The New York Times.

Evan Roth and James Powderly (Graffiti Research Lab, New York) are dedicated to outfitting street artists with open source technologies for urban communication. The goal of GRL is to technologically empower individuals to creatively alter and reclaim their surroundings from unchecked development and corporate visual culture.

GRL are committed to public domain Research & Development. All work is widely distributed and freely available under open licenses and without patents. Their code is released under GPL, content is distributed under Creative Commons, and hardware is released with DIY instructions.

GRL have been touring the globe (SIGGRAPH, Ars Electronica, Numusic Festival, Art Rotterdam) demonstrating and teaching new graffiti technologies and DIY skills to diverse public audiences. Their work has been featured in the NY Times, Wooster Collective, TIME Magazine, Visual Resistance and The Village Voice. In 2006, Ars Electronica presented GRL with an Award of Distinction in Interactive Art.


For examples of GRL’s work visit