Michael Chernoff

Video Artist | Researcher | Educator

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

Artist Statement

Michael Chernoff is a Video Artist whose intermedia assembly and interactive processes inspire the creation of films, site-specific installations, temporal media, and VR experiences. His projects are focused on the interface of screens, signal qualities, and physical occupation by video. Chernoff couples salvaged analog video equipment with digital video devices and modern computers to make the presence of video known. This practice known as Video Archaeology, sheds light on the conceptual identity and historic uses of video. His audiences are left to confront the environmental effects that video has on them as subjects in locations that become live and observable through screens that attract interaction for surveillance by systems elsewhere. Other themes in Michael’s work include virtuality, perception, glitch signal, compression, ontologies, and determinism.

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