Filing Number: 91 - PolyCopRiotNode
Author(s): TWo, Channel
Date Added: 2014-07-21
Created: 2014-07
Digital?: ✓
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Tags: police; riot police; cops; Portland; augmented reality; virtual reality; new media art


From the artists' press release:

Channel TWo Surrounds Portland with Virtual Riot Police

Portland, OR -- Artists [group] Channel TWo is exhibiting their project PolyCopRiotNode in an show curated by North Portland's Weirdshift Storefront gallery. PolyCopRiotNode can be downloaded as an 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 users cell phone or tablet with graphics overlayed 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 that were used as meet up points or sites for protest. These include Portland City Hall, the US District Court, Waterfront Park Trail, and Lownsdale and Chapman Squares, the site of Occupy Portland occupation.

The Android version of PolyCopRiotNode can be downloaded from the Google Play™ store.

The iOS version is forthcoming and is expected to be available on the App Store in mid-July 2014.

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).

Required Attributions:
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Archive Notes

Digital Archive contains files related to the posters and other collateral material to support the virtual installation.