Channel TWo (CH2), 2012
“You think this can last? There’s a storm coming. You and your friends better batten down the hatches, because when it hits, you’re all gonna wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.”
Find a polyCopRiotNode protecting commerce near the intersections of Michigan/Wacker and Wabash/Wacker. A polyCopRiotNode is always there.
Trowbridge and Westbrook collaborate as Channel TWo (CH2), a research and development media outlet for a post-network era. Drawing from a business model and corporate histories, CH2 works with entertainment, hyper-identification, web metrics, communication platforms, distribution systems, and cultural indicators as the materials of our practice(s). CH2 happens slightly above the noise level, between the words that organize our communities and the chaos that lies beyond them, between the authorized formats and unauthorized ideas, between systems of control and radical togetherness. CH2 was awarded a Rhizome Commission in 2012, a Turbulence Commission in 2011, and a Terminal Commission in 2010. Recent projects/installations include: Pace Digital Gallery, The Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) Raleigh, gli.tc/h/, Kinsey Institute, Hyde Park Art Center, the Block Museum, and the Digital Arts Entertainment Lab at Georgia State University.
Trowbridge and Westbrook collaborate on research and scholarship and have contributed to a number of publications, platforms, and programs including: reviews for furtherfield.org (2012); the GLI.TC/H READER[ROR] (http://gli.tc/h/) (2011); Media-N, Journal of the New Media Caucus (http://www.newmediacaucus.org/wp/dynamic-coupling/) (2010); Plausible Artworlds, a project to collect and share knowledge about alternative models of creative practice (2010-2011); Art Work, A National Conversation About Art, Labor, and Economics (http://www.artandwork.us/), Ed. Temporary Services (2009). They have also participated in and contributed to a number of panels and public lectures with talks and presentations including: “Free iPads!? Scalable Digital Pedagogies for Undergraduate Education,” for Mobility Shifts (http://mobilityshifts.org/) at The New School, New York, NY (2011); “GLITCH Bodies and Brains” for gli.tc/h/ (http://gli.tc/h/) at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (2010); “Post-Institutional Systems of Education” for Upgrade! (http://www.upgrade.artapsu.com/) at the Trahern Gallery, APSU, Clarksville, TN (2009); “Givingupness and the end of local” for Plausible Artworlds (http://www.plausibleartworlds.org/), at Basekamp, Philadelphia, PA (2009); and “Shifting motivations, art practice as relation, network, system,” for BIN, at AVA Center, Chattanooga, TN (2008).