Bio and CV


Zach Poff is a New York area digital media artist, educator, and maker-of-things. Through his artwork, teaching, and software he examines the tremendous opportunities and challenges that arise from the translation of our experiences into “information”. His recent work has been focused on how traditional broadcasting reverberates into digital media and influences notions of an emerging post-broadcast discourse.

He currently teaches Sound Art at Cooper Union School of Art in NYC. He has taught media theory, video art, and digital photography at Bennington College and Cooper Union Continuing Education.

In 2015 he received a commission from Wave Farm Transmission Arts in Acra NY, to create Pond Station, a long-term site-specific transmission sculpture.

He has received fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts (2007), and Wave Farm (2009). His work has been shown in the U.S. and internationally at venues including the 2013 Portland Biennial, ISEA 2008 (Singapore), Art Interactive, Artists Space, The Stonington Opera House, Hallwalls Art Center, Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, and Polli Talu Art Center (Estonia).

He was a member of MAP Intermedia, a group that combined dance, video and sound work in a collaborative environment that challenged the traditions of authorship within the performing arts.

His sound-design credits include Walid Raad’s performance/video My Neck is Thinner than a Hair, Lynn Sachs’ documentaries States of Unbelonging and Investigation of a Flame, (Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Festival), Hollie Lavenstein’s CLEAVE, (Silver Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival, Best Narrative Short at The Ann Arbor Film Festival).


Curriculum Vitae

AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

  • 2013 Artist in Residence, Wave Farm Transmission Arts
  • 2009 AIRtime Fellowship, Wave Farm Transmission Arts
  • 2009 Invitational Symposium – Haystack Mountain School
  • 2008 Residency, ISEA 2008, Singapore
  • 2007 Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)
  • 2004 Residency, Polli Talu, Estonia (with MAP Intermedia performance group)
  • 2001 Residency, Armenia – Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art

 

EXHIBITIONS, SCREENINGS, PERFORMANCES

2015

  • Pond Station – long term installation commissioned by Wave Farm, Acra NY
  • The Sun Dialogs included in Climactic Climate radio series on WGXC FM and Kunstradio Austria
  • Eight Translations included on 60×60 Wave Farm Mix

2014

  • Many Callers included on Sonic Terrain’s World Listening Day album

2013

  • Circuit Bending Lecture / Workshop – University of Maine
  • Sferics 2: Bell Cloud – (with nbaldrich) Portland Biennial, Maine
  • Pond FM – (with nbaldrich) installation at Wave Farm, Acra NY
  • Witnesses – SCOPE NY Art fair (at See.Mee booth)
  • Uncovered – Headscapes exhibition, NYC
  • Enchanted, Parallel Rhetoric, Explosions & Reactions – See.Me Gallery, NYC

2011

  • Enchanted circuit-bent chant boxes – BLACKOUT group show at Port d’Or
  • Soundscape Composer (with nbaldrich) permanently installed at Center for Maine Contemporary Art, ME
  • Sferics & Aural Ecosystem (with nbaldrich) – Center for Maine Contemporary Art, ME
  • Witnesses – Sequence of Waves group show

2010

  • Radio Silence – Devotion Gallery, NYC

2009

  • Enchanted circuit-bent chant boxes – Printed Matter Book Fair, NYC
  • The Shape of Memory (with nbaldrich) – Lord Hall Gallery, University of Maine

2008

  • The Alchemist’s Secret Assistant – Eyes and Ears 2 Festival, Hallwalls Art Center, NY
  • Parallel Rhetoric: Coming and Going – Auburn University
  • Appropriate Response (with nbaldrich) – National Museum of Singapore (ISEA 2008)
  • The Past is a Ghost (with nbaldrich) – SPACE Gallery, Portland, ME
  • The Baltic Sea (with nbaldrich) – FILE Electronic Language Festival, Brazil
  • The Baltic Sea (with nbaldrich) – VELOCITY, Folly Art Center, UK

2007

  • Aural Ecosystem, The Past is a Ghost, Sentiment Machine (with nbaldrich) -Art Interactive, Cambridge, MA
  • Artist Statement (with nbaldrich) – Journal of the New Media Caucus
  • Parallel Rhetoric, Explosions and Reactions – MEDIAWORKS, Perimeter Gallery, ME
  • The Shape of Memory (with nbaldrich) – Int. Symposium on Comp. Aesthetics, Banff, Canada
  • The Shape of Memory (with nbaldrich) – Time Out, CMCA, ME
  • Movement Reflection (with nbaldrich) – 312 OnScreen, Newfoundland, Canada
  • Movement Reflection (with nbaldrich) – Zemos98 Festival, Sevilla, Spain

2006

  • Observational Soundscape IV (with nbaldrich) – Perform.Media festival, Indiana U
  • Documentation (with NB Aldrich) included in “When Artists Say We” – Artists Space, NYC
  • Parallel Rhetoric: 2001 + 2005 – “Dynasty” exhibit at Gallery MC, NYC
  • Parallel Rhetoric: Coming and Going – Carnegie Art Center, NY
  • Interactive Soundscape Designer (with nbaldrich) – Hallwalls Art Center, NY
  • Observational Soundscape III (with nbaldrich) – Bates College, Olin Arts Center

2005

  • Parallel Rhetoric: 2001 + 2005 – WORK Gallery, Ann Arbor MI
  • Observational Soundscape II (with nbaldrich) – Cooper Union Art School, NYC
  • Movement Reflection (with nbaldrich) – Not Still Art festival, NYC
  • Stonington Soundscape (with nbaldrich) during residency at The Imagination Project, ME
  • Observational Soundscape I (with nbaldrich) – University of Maine at Orono

2004

  • Variatsioonid (with nbaldrich and Brendan McCall) – Stonington Opera House, ME (US premiere)
  • 0011 (with nbaldrich and Duane Ingalls) – Ayers Island Contemp. Arts Fest, ME
  • Variatsioonid (with nbaldrich and Brendan McCall) – Polli Talu, Estonia
  • Kick in the Eye (rev 2) (with nbaldrich and Brendan McCall) – Unity Arts Center, ME
  • Kick in the Eye (rev 1) (with nbaldrich and Brendan McCall) – St. Marks Church, NYC

2003

  • Explosions and Reactions, Search Signals – Hallwalls Art Center, NY
  • Institution (with nbaldrich and Brendan McCall) – Bennington College, VT
  • Fluoro, Punch, Ice – Antifreeze Film Series: Armenian Center for Experimental Art

2002 and earlier

  • Five New Works – New Work: Bennington College, VT
  • Ararat Projected (model) – Armenian Center for Experimental Art, Yerevan, Armenia
  • Public Haunting – Faculty Exhibition: Bennington College, VT

PUBLICATIONS

2012

  • Witnesses reviewed in the Italian new media magazine Neural

2011

  • Radio Silence included in book Transmission Arts: Artists & Airwaves, PAJ Publications

INSTRUCTION

Cooper Union School of Art – 2003 – present

  • Projects in Sound Art – studio class introducing aurality within individual artistic practice
  • Digital Photography – comprehensive digital photo class for the Continuing Education program
  • Film and Video Seminars – techniques instruction within intro classes

Bennington College – 2001 – 2003

  • Intro to Video Art – comprehensive course covering the history, theory, and techniques of video art
  • Electric Art (with nbaldrich) – course exploring the rise of the media culture in the 20th Century
  • Video Toolbox – video techniques course to accompany intro classes
  • Breaking the Frame – course focusing on audio and video as installation techniques
  • Summer Intro to Video (assisted Kate Howard) – intro for high-school students

The Imagination Project – 2005

  • Intro to Final Cut Pro – FCP workshop for a Maine community media arts project

SOUND FOR FILM

  • just act normal – Hollie Lavenstein – 2008
  • Lay Down Tracks – Danielle Lombardi / Brigid McCaffrey – 2006
  • My Neck is Thinner than a Hair (version 2) – Walid Raad – 2006
  • States of Unbelonging – Lynne Sachs – 2005
  • My Neck is Thinner than a Hair – Walid Raad – 2004
  • Cellar – Ben Hickernell – 2004
  • Investigation of a Flame – Lynne Sachs – 2001
  • CLEAVE – Hollie Lavenstein – 2000
  • Euphoria – Lee Boot, John Chester – 2000

ARTIST ASSISTANT WORK

  • Please, Please, Pleased to Meet’Cha – Nina Katchadourian – 2006
  • Makedown (take 2) – Dennis Adams – 2005
  • Makedown (take 1) – Dennis Adams – 2004
  • Freeload – Dennis Adams – 2004

MEDIA FACILITIES MANAGEMENT

Head of Film/Video Production Equipment
Cooper Union School of Art, NYC – 2003 – present

  • Manage Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, After Effects and Pro Tools HD systems
  • Oversee equipment checkout (HD Video, Film, lighting, sound)
  • Establish and maintain borrowing policies and oversee staff and student workers
  • Cooperate in budget and planning

Manager of Video Facilities
Bennington College, VT – 2001 – 2003

  • Build and manage a Final Cut Pro editing facility and equipment checkout
  • Establish and maintain borrowing policies and oversee student workers
  • Design presentation equipment for a 40-seat screening room
  • Manage day-to-day operations of screening room (booking, training, maintenance)
  • Budget and planning

Recording Studio Technician
Bennington College, VT – 2001 – 2003

  • Redesign and manage the operations of a Pro Tools based 16track recording studio
  • Budget and planning

Assistant Video Engineer
UMBCTV, University of Maryland – 2000 – 2001

  • Maintain broadcast equipment in professional TV studio
  • Install head-end for campus-wide cable television system

Digital Pre-press and Printing
Bay Imagery Inc. Baltimore, MD – 1997 – 1999

  • Provide extensive troubleshooting and customer service throughout imaging workflow
  • Hi-res scanning, retouch and image-manipulation
  • Digital printing on electrostatic plotters, large-format inkjets, and digital C-Print systems

Audio Consultant
Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD – 1999 – 2000

  • Digitally restore audio for museum exhibitions
  • Location sound-recordings for oral history interviews

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