Paige Treebridge practices and researches the construction of reality as it happens in mass media, new media, across networks, and within power structures. She co-directs a lab focused on vulnerability and exploitation using cybersecurity, new media art, user experience design, and social psychology paradigms. Her research focuses on how experience design can shape users, and potential resistances to that. She is particularly focused on the potential of queering reality as resistance, side-effect, and tactic. In previous projects, she employed AR, video, and game spaces to highlight police omnipresence and security theater.
Treebridge co-founded and co-directs Divergent Design Lab, focused on divergent thinking in emerging media practices, and working on identity, privacy, and security from an intersectional perspective.
Since 2010, Treebridge has worked in collaboration with Jessica Westbrook as Channel TWo [CH2], a Chicago-based media studio that produces critical playware. CH2's work has been featured in Motherboard Vice, The Creators Project, Art Papers, The Intercept, and Media-N. CH2's awards and commissions include a National Science Foundation subaward, a SPACES R+D Award, a Rhizome.org Commission, a Turbulence Net Art Commission, and a Terminal Net Art Commission. Her projects have been exhibited/screened in museums, galleries, and culture centers nationally and internationally and can be found in the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY and The Kinsey Institute Art Collection at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. CH2 has two augmented reality apps on the App Store (polyCopRiotNode, unattendedVaporware) and three on the Google Play Store (polyCopRiotNode, unattendedVaporware, .objects).
Treebridge holds an MFA in Electronic Visualization from the University of Illinois Chicago and worked professionally in design and UI/UX in range of capacities including: Information Architect, Director of User Interface and Design, Web Developer, and Director of Project Management.
Secure Design: Course and Experimentation Workshop (2017-2018), National Security Agency, under the Cybersecurity National Action Plan. w/Prof. Jessica Westbrook & Dr. Filipo Sharevski, CDM, DePaul
select research presentations (Westbrook and Treebridge)
AIGA, CAA, The Dark Side of the Digital UWM Center for Information Policy Research, FATE, GLI.TC/H, HASTAC, Mobility Shifts at The New School, Processing Chicago.
Treebridge, Westbrook. "Coding Slowly." Deepening Teaching for Creative Computation, Ed. Filimowicz, Michael. Cambridge University Press, 2016.
Treebridge, Westbrook. Interview by Ellen Mueller. Elements of 4D Art and Design, Ed. Mueller, Ellen. Oxford University Press, 2016.
Interactive Media, Human Computer Interaction, Security
Specific Research Area
ambient tactical deception; malicious user experience design; critical design; code literacy; inhumane interface; code as medium