Michael Chernoff

Video Artist | Researcher | Educator

Photo Provided by Artist, copyright 2020
Photo Provided by Artist, copyright 2020

Artist Statement

Michael Chernoff is an Intermedia Film + Video Artist whose work in interactive media and surveillance, reveals the presence and influence of video through its screens. His Video Archaeology practice for assembling together salvaged analog and digital video equipment, generates signal and sculptural interfaces that become subjects for his films, installations, and VR projects. Chernoff’s highly engaging artwork require users and performers to navigate and activate a video apparatus. The overall message of his artwork is that as video is a visual host for signals whose physical occupation of space keeps expanding in new forms of technology, causing all locations, subjects, and activity to become live and surveilled wherever video is present. Chernoff chooses to look at video in all its historic forms and processes in order to understand and produce interdisciplinary knowledge to debunk cultural assumptions about video as an object and instead uncovers video’s process, and total purpose as a means for observing, controlling, and extracting real-time and simultaneous information by systems of power. Chernoff’s future goal is to research and develop video as a communicator for sustainability through developing virtual signal processing.

Michael’s films and artwork have been supported by institutions such as FEED Media Center, Buffalo International Film Festival, Chroma Art Festival, and more. He teaches digital art and 3D modeling/animation at SUNY Fredonia.

Research Topics: Surveillance, Videosphere, Expanded Cinema, Experimental Film, New Materialism, Glitch, Signal Processing, Perception, Compression, Remediation, Virtuality
2023 - MFA Media Arts Production, Dept of Media Study, CAS, University at Buffalo
2011 - BFA & Art Ed. Minor, College of Arts & Ceramics, Alfred University