rootoftwo - Co-Director
rootoftwo (Cezanne Charles + John Marshall) is a research and practice-driven hybrid design studio formed in 1998. rootoftwo work to create a condition where we can perceive ourselves, the here and now, and the future differently. rootoftwo makes social objects, experiences, and works for the public realm - typically at the scale of devices, furniture or small buildings. Our projects are designed to disrupt and reframe systems, networks and infrastructure.
rootoftwo's work is part of permanent collections such as the Folkestone Artworks (2014); the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute (2012) and the Center for Land Use Interpretation (2012). Public works include 'Resonance' for Midtown Detroit Inc. (2016); 'Whithervanes' commissioned by Creative Foundation Ltd. for Folkestone Triennial (2014); and 'menotme' commissioned by Dlectricity (2012). Our work has appeared in museum and festival exhibitions such as ‘DETROIT MADE’ for the Detroit Design Festival (2014); Post-Industrial Complex at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (2012); ‘Trouble in Paradise/Medi(t)ation of Survival at The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan (2010) and ‘Chain Reaction’ at the Museum of the City of Skopje, Macedonia (2008).
We have worked with clients, collaborators and institutions to present work in Australia, Brazil, China, Denmark, Japan, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. Our recent projects have been featured in Wired, FastCompany, Dezeen, Dwell, Studio International and The Guardian.
Charles is also director of creative industries at Creative Many Michigan and holds a Master of Public Administration from the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan (2015) with an emphasis on science and technology studies and BA in Theatre Studies from The Ohio State University (1997) focused on experimental performance and technology.