Artists Channel TWo Surround Portland with Virtual Riot Police
Artists group Channel TWo is exhibiting their project PolyCopRiotNode in a solo show curated by North Portland's Weird Shift's Storefront gallery. PolyCopRiotNode can be downloaded as a free app for both Android and iOS devices. The app offers users an augmented reality experience in which riot police surround specific public spaces in Portland.
Portland-wide augmented reality installation art
July 31, 2014 - September 2014
Weird Shift Storefront Gallery
Portland, OR -- Artists group Channel TWo is exhibiting their project PolyCopRiotNode in a solo show curated by North Portland's Weird Shift's Storefront gallery. PolyCopRiotNode can be downloaded as a free app for both Android and iOS devices. The app offers users an augmented reality experience in which riot police surround specific public spaces in Portland. Augmented reality combines live footage from the camera on a user's cell phone or tablet with graphics overlaid on top of the image. In the case of PolyCopRiotNode, eight riot police, which appear to be a few stories tall, surround the user. In presenting this experience, artists Adam Trowbridge and Jessica Westbrook, who collaborate as Channel TWo, offer a striking reminder that "activity outside the priorities and value systems of capitalism, whether intervention, occupation, or simple cultural production involves a response by police."
PolyCopRiotNode is a site specific work that has previously been exhibited in Washington, DC; Chicago, IL and Cleveland, OH. As part of the 2013 "Cyber In Securities" exhibition in DC, instances of virtual riot police marked places where real police had invaded the homes of innocent people based on erroneous information.
For Portland, Trowbridge and Westbrook researched public spaces in Portland that were used as meet up points or sites for protest and dissent. These include Portland City Hall, the US District Court, Waterfront Park Trail, and Lownsdale and Chapman Squares, a site of Occupy Portland.
The exhibition will be announced at Weird Shift's Storefront gallery (201 N. Alberta St, North Portland, 97217) on July 31. The virtual exhibit is already available for those who download the PolyCopRiotNode app.
The Android version of PolyCopRiotNode can be downloaded from the Google Play™ store.
The iOS version of PolyCopRiotNode can be downloaded from the App Store™
Map of PolyCopRiotNode locations:
About the Artists:
CH2 is focused on mixed up reality, media production, design, development, and distribution... authorized formats + unauthorized ideas, systems of control + radical togetherness. CH2 has received a number of new media awards including a Rhizome Commission, a Turbulence Commission, and a Terminal Net Art Commission. Recent CH2 projects include a multi-level playable virtual landscape installation with an accompanying scratch-off lotto card system; an infected 6-channel video, rss feed, and alternate reality game; an AR intervention of database error induced home invasions; a networked 2-channel virtual cornfield game installation; and a downloadable collection of computer viruses, inspired by a love story.
Adam Trowbridge Bio
Adam Trowbridge (born 1972, San Diego, CA) received an MFA in Electronic Visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL (2008) and a BFA in Sculpture and Painting from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL (1996). Trowbridge is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
Jessica Parris Westbrook Bio
Jessica Parris Westbrook (born 1974, Pittsburgh, PA) received an MFA in Photography from Temple University, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA (1998) and a BFA in Photography from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL (1996). Westbrook is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (2010-present).
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