adam trowbridge

Adam Trowbridge primarily works under the name Channel TWo

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Dog Days, performance w/responsive technology, 2009
Conversations X & Y, video, 2007
Nowcasting, installation with Puredata generated thunder, University of the South Gallery, Sewanee, TN, 2009.
Every Day War, three-channel video installation and single channel video, 2006 - 2007
Famous on the Internet, six-channel, large scale projection at Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL, 2008
Product Placement, mobile intervention via video-projection, Atlanta, Georgia, 2009
documentation of individual performances, live and web-broadcast, 2006 - 2009
Interactive Design, Art Education Kiosks for the Frist Center for Visual Art, Nashville, TN and Creative Discovery Museum

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Dog Days | Every Day War

April 2011

Low Lives 3
The Final Countdown: Will Things Ever Be the Same, Again? A reality show by Chanel TWo will be part of the third iteration of Low Lives
Low Lives 3 will take place on Friday, April 29 from 8-12 pm and Saturday, April 30 from 3-6 pm EST (U.S.)

Madison on Channel TWo
Gallery 1308, Grand Opening and Premiere Season, Opening April 15
Solo show at University of Madison at Wisconsin's Gallery 1308. [trailer]

NYC on Channel TWo
Turbulence Commission at Pace Digital Gallery, through Apr 29
Two channel CH2 broadcast until Apr 29. [online broadcast]

Every Play Is A Win! @ Virtual Public Art Project @ Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts
Channel TWo logo as augmented reality (AR) object in Philadelphia
Breadboard and the Virtual Public Art Project (VPAP) are launching a city-wide Augmented Reality (AR) exhibit as part of Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA). Virtual art sculptures will be located around the city of Philadelphia and can be viewed via VPAP’s free Layar App for most iPhone and Android smartphone devices.

Benny and Eva: A Tainted Love Story @ Designated Drivers
Temporary Services project @ The Block Museum, Evanston, IL, April 8–August 14, 2011
Benny and Eva: A Tainted Love Story is a collection of computer viruses, framed as a romantic gesture in which code is the poetry that leaves us vulnerable. Designated Drivers is a project involving 20 artists who have been invited to contribute work loaded onto flash drives that can be viewed or downloaded by visitors

March 2011

I do. For all eternity until you and I die, and die, and die again... til death do us part.
Craft Alliance, Delmar Loop, St. Louis, MO in association with the 2011 SGCI Conference
This installation could be read in various ways—the entire collection a simulation of a global context—masses of people, organized and shelved. Yet, at the point of engagement, as one picks up a book and opens it, apparent is a person’s individual desires and insight. Even as we are divided ideologically, economically and culturally, we are united with the most beautiful, yet confusingly complex and so easily misunderstood thing called love." – curator, Chido Johnson

January 2011

Low Lives: Selections @ TRAMPOLIM
Galeria Homero Massena, Rua Pedro Palácios, 99, Cidade Alta, Vitória, Brasil
Showing: Hole of Society: On The Passage of a Small Dog through a Rather Shallow Amount of Water

December 2010 Commission Awarded to Channel TWo's Adam Trowbridge and Jessica Westbrook
Turbulence is a project of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. (NRPA). Now celebrating 14 years, Turbulence has commissioned over 165 works and exhibited and promoted artists' work through its Artists Studios, Guest Curator, and Spotlight sections. As networking technologies have developed wireless capabilities and become mobile, Turbulence has remained at the forefront of the field by commissioning, exhibiting, and archiving the new hybrid networked art forms that have emerged. Turbulence works have been included in the Whitney Museum of American Art's Biennial ('00, '02, '04), and its Bit Streams and Data Dynamics exhibitions; Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea; C-Theory, Cornell University; Ars Electronica, Austria; International Festival of New Cinema and New Media, Montreal; European Media Arts Festival, Germany; and the Sundance Film Festival, among others.

Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ
Nine artists and groups have created a total of 51 minutes of music to be played on permanent loop in the freight elevator of Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ, USA and archived as part of Aferro Publications. Artists include: 3 Teens Kill 4 - No Motive, Anette Barbier, Zoe Chan, Spencer Frohwirth, Kevin Ley, F. Ribeiro, Pablo Sanz Almoguera, Benjamin Thorp, Jessica Westbrook.
Curated by Adam Trowbridge; Concept by Emma Wilcox

Verge Miami
Adam Trowbridge and Jessica Westbrook, as Channel TWo, are represented at the Verge Miami by What It Is, a project space in Oak Park, IL run by Tom Burtonwood and Holly Holmes.

November 2010

Video in the Built Environment (v1b3 Fall 2010) in conjunction with the International Digital Media Arts Association Conference
Adam Trowbridge and Jessica Westbrook, as Channel TWo, will screen surface tension as part of v1b3. v1b3 presents video projects that in the broadest terms possible explore the theme of shelter within the context of public space though human interaction, intervention and the mechanisms that influence and control the experience of the city.

Smoke and Mirrors
School of Art and Art History, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Adam Trowbridge and Jessica Westbrook, as Channel TWo, will develop a media installation: Norman, OK on Channel TWo. Channel TWo, a new venture for (T)rowbridge (W)estbrook and (o)skar, will make its official debut in the Smoke & Mirrors exhibition at the Lightwell Gallery, located in The School of Art & Art History at the University of Oklahoma. TWo is a post-network media channel that previewed its broadcast day at artXposium 5.0. Channel TWo begins with media and entertainment-based narrative as a common language. Structurally, it employs internet algorithms, viewer research and custom software to generate localized content. The outcome will be a nonlinear, local media sequence that is directly connected to the community in which it is be situated. Channel TWo is there for you.

apexart, 291 Church Street, NYC, NY
apexart invited artists and creative others from around the world to cut, dub, reverse, add to, and otherwise manipulate at least one broadcast commercial. The following is an excerpt from the exhibition essay: "Ah, commercials. They are so relentless and the antithesis of informative. When they try to entertain it comes off as your annoying uncle who has the ultimate tin ear for humor and can’t make a point if there was a gun to his mother’s head. Commercials are one of the most interesting love children of capitalism and ego... " - Pinky Carnage,

October 2010

Glitch Bodies/Brains: Different Functions and Modes
GLI.TC/H Festival, Chicago, IL
GLI.TC/H is an international gathering of noise & new media practitioners. Adam Trowbridge and Jessica Westbrook will present a non-linear stream of bipolar disorder, epilepsy, schizophrenia, aphasia, diabetes, motor and phonic tics, traumatic brain injury, paranoid type schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, sleep terror disorder, sleepwalking disorder, philip k. dick, antonin artaud, bob flanagan, mat fraser, sylvia plath, christy brown, rebecca horn. This more serious side of glitch, physical "bugs" from mild to traumatic, affect our work and lives and even the nominally healthy can at any time be subject to life changing glitches.

Sleep Without Dreaming
Inlight, Richmond, VA
Jessica Westbrook and I will exhibiting at Inlight Richmond

Dynamic Coupling, Media-N, Journal of the New Media Caucus, Fall 2010
Jessica Westbrook and Adam Trowbridge have been invited to guest edit the Fall edition of Media-N, Journal of the New Media Caucus. Their theme for this edition is "Dynamic Coupling" and investigates, via interview, the potential for collaboration and interpersonal connection to produce dialogues, intensities, ambitions and/or outcomes that are exponentially greater than might be possible otherwise. This issue of Media-N raises new questions about working together, flexibility, and trust within the context of new media collaboration. Participants include Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero (Luftwerk), Annette Barbier and Drew Browning (Un-real Estates), Margarita Benitez and Markus Vogl (// benitez_vogl), Krista Birnbaum and David Politzer, Jon Brumit and Sarah Wagner, jonCates && Jake Elliott, Ben Chang and Silvia Ruzanka, Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby, Sean Fletcher and Isabel Reichert, Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus (LoVid), Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen (Hillerbrand+Magsamen), Sven Humphrey and Robyn Voshardt , Eva and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, Shannon McMullen and Fabian Winkler, Leila Christine Nadir and Cary Peppermint (ecoarttech), Julio Obelleiro and Casilda Sanchez, and Ken Rinaldo and Amy Youngs. The New Media Caucus (NMC) is a non-profit, international membership organization that advances the conceptual and artistic use of digital media.

September 2010

Afterbirth Spectacular
Nature & Nurture, The Kinsey Institute, Bloomington, IN
Nature & Nurture is the first exhibition from The Kinsey Institute to highlight its collection of fine art, books, and other materials on the subject of human reproduction. The exhibition uses fine art photographs, paintings, prints, sculptures, and books to illustrate pregnancy, birth, child rearing, development of gender identity, and parent/child relationships.

Let's Talk About Love, Baby
Joan Flasch Book Collection
In this exhibition the object of affection takes the form of a book—individual artist’s interpretation of “love” concealed and superficially homogenized as romance novels. Westbrook and Trowbridge's book combines a transcription of Natural Born Killers as a continuing, shared, private touchstone overlaid with drawing by their son Oskar.

May 2010

TEH Storm (audio)
Jukebox @ SoundFjord, London
This piece is an audio composition based on the installation Nowcasting, a digital storm stimulation.

April 2010

TEH: Set
Solo show at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
The large staircase in the gallery will be transformed to a magical waterfall.

March 2010

Unconditional Love
Pilsen, Chicago, Antenna Gallery's Project Wall Space:
Adam Trowbridge and Jessica Westbrook present "Unconditional Love"

February 2010

Panel @ CAA 2010: New Media Caucus
I will be presenting "Limited Set: Generative Intersections of Theater and Artificial Life" at CAA 2010 in Chicago with invited panelists.

January 2010

"The Goat Said..." published by Publishing Genius
“The Goat Said...” was created by entering public domain books into an artificial intelligence “conversation simulator.”
More here

New Media Fest features snstncntnrs
Utilizing the chance operations of broken telematic machines to scramble and reorganize a fictional reality, frame by frame, snstncntnrs is an open video project in the form of files that include a set of cuts described in a EDL and Final Cut Pro XML file. These cuts can be applied to any video using video editing applications.
More here

December 2009

TEH: plot
Solo show. The third weather-based exploration of collaborative effort TEH (Phillip Andrew Lewis, Adam Trowbridge, Jessica Westbrook) is titled "plot" and will take place at the Fort Point Arts Community Gallery in Boston.
More here

November 2009

Every Day War @ The Grey Market, NYC
Every Day is a three channel video installation and a single-channel video created in a collaborative effort with Ron Buffington and Jessica Westbrook. Every day life continues in parallel to the war. We eat, sleep, shop, consume and enjoy while people all over the world die as a direct result of our action and inaction.
November 14 - 28, 2009, 252 West 31st Street at Eighth Ave., Third and Fourth Floors, (Southwest corner of Penn Station)
More here

October 2009

[TEH] Nowcasting at Sewanee's University Art Gallery
Solo show. Visitors to Nowcasting will experience the building of a digitized storm in the confines of the gallery. Like TEH's other works, this installation is intended to "challenge the senses through the use of simulation, and present weather/environment through mediated, virtual and physical processes." Collaboration with Westbrook and Lewis under TEH banner.
October 9 - November 22, 2009
More about Nowcasting

Product Placement
Product Placements as part of Le Flash, a dusk to midnight festival of art and performance. Le Flash is the first event of Atlanta Celebrates Photography, a weeklong photo festival and conference. Trowbridge and Westbrook are presenting mobile video projections of corporate branding slogans and city marketing slogans combined, and on fire. The work focuses on empty marketing phrases generatively combined with phrases from urban renewal and gentrification.
October 2, Dusk to Midnight
More about Le Flash

August 2009

Hole of Society: On The Passage of a Small Dog through a Rather Shallow Amount of Water
I will be performing "Hole of Society: On The Passage of a Small Dog through a Rather Shallow Amount of Water" with Sophie Hypno Disco on August 8 as part of Low Lives. Low Lives is a one-night exhibition of live performance-based works transmitted via the internet and projected in real time at three venues in the U.S.: FiveMyles, Brooklyn; Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami; and labotanica, Houston in partnership with Project Row Houses.
Watch here

March 2009

Dog Days
Adam Trowbridge"Dog Days", an experimental theater performance incorporating live theater, iPod-shuffled dialogue and Ninetendo Wiimote-controled video projection at the University of Illinois Chicago's Art and Architecture building on March 18 and March 19 at 8 PM.
Watch here

January 2009

Soiree Clin D'oeil au Detournement
My video "The Towering Inferno", an intersection of Die Hard and Oliver Stone's 9/11 premiered at Daki Ling, Le jardin des Muses, Marseille, France, January 13, 2009.

BIN (co-curating)
SEED, an art collective, will turn a gallery installation into a distance-collapsing intersection of social practice + collective action + time/site sensitive negotiations.
SEED is pleased to announce the participation/contribution by some fantastic collectives including Basekamp (Philadelphia), BLW, Common Places Project (Tampa), DeadTech (Chicago), Fugitive Projects (Nashville), Graffiti Research Lab (New York), Guerrilla Girls, InCUBATE-Chicago (Chicago), Mess Hall (Chicago), Paintallica (Washington), RTmark, TEAM LUMP (Raleigh), 6+ , and The Yes Men.
The motivation for BIN comes through a need to address the historical marginalization of artists and methods for overcoming this scenario. Each collective involved in this project is a vital model for alternative pathways, invention, action, and interdisciplinary approaches to making. This project is not predetermined. Instead of formulas, conventions, expectations, and objects - SEED is working with online relationships, and local negotiations. BIN will turn a gallery installation into a distance-collapsing intersection of diversity + social practice + collective action + time/site sensitive negotiations.
More about BIN

December 2008

Wiimote-Based Video Control System
click to see video on Youtube
The system is written in Max/MSP/Jitter and takes advantage of Andreas Schlegel's OSC version of Hiroaki Kimura's darwiinRemote.


Jessica Westbrook and I work with Basekamp, a non-commercial organization of people researching and co-developing interdisciplinary, self-organized art projects with other individuals and groups in various authorship-blurring configurations for the past decade.

Art Work

As part of Temporary Services' publication "Art Work: A National Conversation About Art Labor and Economics," Jessica Westbrook and I were invited to discuss out experience working collaboratively in the South. We were happy to have a chance to participate in this vital discussion about the place of art in the economy and the effect of the economy on art.
"Art Work" features the writings of Julia Bryan-Wilson, author of Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam Era (2009) and Work Ethic (2003); Holland Cotter, New York Times Art Critic and 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner for criticism; Christina Ulke, Marc Herbst, and Robby Herbst, editors for The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest; Harrell Fletcher, visual artist; Futurefarmers, a collective design studio that supports art projects, artists in residencies and research interests; Robin Hewlett, artist/activist; Justseeds: Visual Resistance Artists' Cooperative; Nicolas Lampert, interdisciplinary artist; Lize Mogel, interdisciplinary artist; and Dan S. Wang, artist and writer.

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TEH (2009 - 2010)

TEH is a common typographical error and refered to a collaborative art and technology group with interests in research, displaced communication, simulation, nature/culture, and geography. TEH involved Phillip Andrew Lewis, Adam Trowbridge, and Jessica Westbrook. TEH projects were built using semantic visual cues (iconic and charged, often sculptural and/or video components), and interactive pieces that expand upon ideas through sensory/participatory elements. Beyond the internal negotiations of collaboration, the process often incorporated site-sentive research, so that the work was made in direct response to the place in which it lived. TEH examined weather as a shared experience/vocabulary, and presenteds this research through installation and technologically mediated experience.

SEED (2005 - 2009)

In 2005, I was part of a group of artists who founded the group SEED, based in a desire to spark contemporary art practice in the South. We presented the video art shows Polymer and Polymer2 at the Hunter Museum of American Art as well as several gallery exhibitions and discussions. In 2009 we presented BIN, an exhibition of art groups and collectives including Basekamp (Philadelphia), BLW, Common Places Project (Tampa), DeadTech (Chicago), Fugitive Projects (Nashville), Graffiti Research Lab (New York), Guerrilla Girls, InCUBATE-Chicago (Chicago), Mess Hall (Chicago), Paintallica (Washington), RTmark, TEAM LUMP (Raleigh), Temporary Services (Chicago), and 6+.
SEED ended mostly for reason related to the issues discussed in "Lost South" the article mentioned above (under "Art Work").

Portrait of Adam Trowbridge by Jessica Westbrook
image by jessica westbrook
Adam Trowbridge is an artist focused on research that fractures the intersection of sensation and cognition, or any collective basis for meaning, purpose and communication. His work explores the aesthetic possibilities that arise as communication breaks down. Using new media and popular culture in a practice at the intersection of linguistics and sensational aesthetics, he invents incidents that occur slightly above the noise level, between words that organize our communities and the chaos that lies beyond them. Materially, his recent work has been in the form of theater, performance, responsive art and video.

He holds a MFA in Electronic Visualization from the University of Illinois Chicago and a BFA in painting and sculpture from the University of Central Florida, where he studied under sculptor Johann Eyfells. His work has been featured nationally and internationally including The Grey Market and Anthology Film Archives, NYC; Pleasure Dome, Toronto; Workspaces Ltd., San Francisco, CA; The Hyde Park Center, Chicago, IL; and festivals in France, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Korea, and Russia.

He is also working with Philadelphia’s Basekamp to expand the education outreach of Plausible Artworlds, a collaborative initiative that aims to provide a platform for examining and accompanying the emergence of plural artistic environments.

Trowbridge is Assistant Professor and will become Assistant Professor (2012) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, teaching in the Contemporary Practices and Art & Technologies Studies departments.

Curriculum Vitae [PDF]