rootoftwo’s work derives from our interests and observations related to how context informs and transforms behavior, interactions and relationships. We make opportunities to reframe systems, infrastructures, and networks. Our works specifically attempt to disrupt and undermine the systems at work through humor, play, interaction and participation. Our works create a condition where we can perceive ourselves, the here and now and the future differently.
As a studio, we work through a process of researching issues, materials, and technologies. We brainstorm related themes and create prototypes. We work to test our ideas and assumptions physically. We approach sites and contexts experimentally. This ability to prototype and fabricate throughout the ideation, integration and implementation phases leads to fully resolved art, social objects, experiences, and works in the public realm. Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, we have presented work in Australia, Brazil, China, Denmark, Japan, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.
John Marshall is an Assistant Professor (of Art & Design) at the Stamps School of Art & Design and an Assistant Professor (of Architecture) at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. He earned a Ph.D. from Robert Gordon University where his thesis was on hybrid art and design practice; master’s degrees in sculpture and art as environment from The Ohio State University and Manchester Metropolitan University; and an undergraduate degree in fine art from Glasgow School of Art. From 1999 to 2003 he worked as part of a collaborative product development team at Evenflo Company, Inc. John regularly serves on the advisory boards and programming committees of conferences related to the intersection of art, design and technology. He is currently writing a textbook with the working title ‘Design Hybrids‘.
Cézanne Charles is Director of Creative Industries at ArtServe Michigan where she directs policies and programs that support individual creative practitioners. She has a degree in Theatre Studies from The Ohio State University. From 2004 to 2007 she was Executive Director of New Media Scotland, the nation’s art and technology development organization. From 2000 to 2003 she gained valuable leadership experience with Culture Works, the Arts Council and United Arts Fund for the Greater Dayton, Ohio area. She was guest Assistant Editor for the July 2009 edition of LEONARDO, Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology. Cezanne was lead curriculum partner on the 2011 Rust Belt to Artist Belt conference and served on the planning committee for the 2009 Creative Cities Summit 2.0. In 2011, she served as art committee chair for the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art Auxiliary of the Detroit Institute of Arts annual fundraiser Sync: Art Meets Technology. Charles is a member of the Programming Committee at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. She is an active presenter and invited participant at statewide, regional, national and international forums on the creative industries, art and new technology. She is a member of the Upgrade! an international network of gatherings concerning art, technology and culture.