<p>Evan Roth makes sculptures out of tags.</p>

These guys from F.A.T. Lab are really taking thinking about graffiti to the next level. First James Powderly and Evan Roth invented Laser Tag, a way to write with light using just a laser pointer, a projector, and a laptop. Then their pal Aram Bartholl created tags out of computer capture codes. Roth is at it again, this time designing Graffiti Analysis 2.0, a way to digitally map the motion involved in making graffiti, then model it in 3-D, illustrated from start to finish in the video above.

On the website for the project Roth writes:

“What Martha Cooper did for archiving graffiti on film, and Chalfant/Silver did for archiving graffiti in video, Graffiti Analysis intends to do for archiving graffiti in code. The project aims to build the world’s largest archive of graffiti motion and bring together two seemingly disparate communities that share an interest in hacking systems, whether found in code or in the city.”

Like all of Roth and Powderly’s projects, the software for Graffiti Analysis is open source, so try it for yourself. Interested in learning more about open source technology? Check out our interview with James Powderly about the pros and cons of open source from our NY event.