Zach Poff

Zach Poff is a New York area media artist, educator, and maker-of-things. His artwork is rooted in open systems that eschew individual authorship in favor of collaborative or generative models. His recent work employs unique sound tools to explore social and ecological relationships (Pond Station, Sferics). His algorithmic remixes of popular media uncover hidden subtexts lurking inside familiar forms (Radio Silence, Video Silence). He considers his art-making, teaching, and software development to be contributions toward a culture of sharing & empathy, in direct opposition to commercial media’s cult of the individual.
In 2015 he received a commission from Wave Farm Transmission Arts in Acra NY, to create Pond Station, a long-term outdoor sculpture that live-streams the underwater sounds of a pond to explore aural connections to the more-than-human.
He currently teaches Sound Art at Cooper Union School of Art in NYC and leads workshops on “expanded” sound recording. He taught previously at Bennington College and Cooper Union Continuing Education.
He has received awards from NYC Artist Corps, New York Foundation for the Arts, and Wave Farm and his work has been broadcast in the U.S. and internationally on WGXC FM, Radiophrenia (Scotland), Resonance FM (London), Kunstradio (Austria), ABC Radio (Australia).

“Artists and scientists are both asking questions about the world, they’re just doing it in different ways”
Alex Braidwood
Director, Iowa Lakeside Lab Artists-in-Residence Program
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