CH2 productions intersect playful interface with critical undercurrents. CH2 considers concepts of luck, levels, and trespassing through the contexts of landscape, using interactivity, and augmented reality. The interests and motivations underlying the research and practice are social, political, and aesthetic. CH2 uses media, game platforms, communication design ephemera, and mobile apps to reveal social complexity, contradictions, and cognitive dissonance. CH2 has received a number of new media awards including a Rhizome Commission (2012), a Turbulence Commission (2011), and a Terminal Net Art Commission (2009).
Recent CH2 projects include a multi-level playable virtual landscape installation with an accompanying scratch-off lotto card system at SPACES (Cleveland, OH); an infected 6-channel video, rss feed, and alternate reality game at Digital Arts Entertainment Lab, (Atlanta, GA); an AR intervention of database error induced "home invasions" through “Cyber In Securities” (Washington, DC); a networked game installation called "Find Each Other.Begin there" for “Born Digital” at the Contemporary Art Museum (Raleigh, NC); and a downloadable collection of computer viruses, inspired by a love story, at the Block Museum of Art (Evanston, IL).
CH2 is loosely aligned with the concept of over-identification, Slavoj Žižek’s description of a tactic intended to reveal the hidden nature of dominant ideologies -- not by pointing to them but by becoming extreme forms of them. CH2 is a studio construct named for both ideas of “transmission” and an acronym of the people involved--> Trowbridge, Westbrook, and Oskar. CH2, is focused on mixed up reality, media production, design, development, and distribution… authorized formats + unauthorized ideas, systems of control + radical togetherness. It is a collaborative combination of perspectives, motivations, research, knowledge, skill, and public/private lifestyle that makes CH2. Trowbridge and Westbrook have been working together since 1990 and formally organized CH2 in 2009. They intentionally collapse hierarchies, authorship, and ownership while blurring the boundaries between events, behaviors, and production.
Adam Trowbridge (born 1972, San Diego, CA) is an Assistant Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He received an MFA in Electronic Visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL (2008).
Jessica Westbrook (born 1974, Pittsburgh, PA) is an Assistant Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She received an MFA in Photography from Temple University, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA (1998).