Zach Poff and N.B. Aldrich

Artist Statement


..."information" is a contradictory and heterogeneous process. -Jacques Derrida

New Media, the mediation of information through computers, provides opportunities for artists to directly apply systems modeling to aesthetic material in powerful and sophisticated ways. If composing is the structuring of relationships, (re)configuring information in stimulating ways, then the composer is not only the arbiter of what information is pleasing or important but the designer of critical, relevant pathways, both between the viewer and the work and in the interrelationship of content and concept.

Much of our work is rooted in speculation about observed systems of organization, whether biological (Aural Ecosystem), physical (The Past Is a Ghost), sociological (Interactive Soundscape Designer; Observational Soundscape), or cognitive (The Shape of Memory, Sentiment Machine). This speculation provides a platform from which to question how the world works and conceive, if not an answer, at least a model for understanding. The goal is then to create a process (in our case, a computer program) that effectively applies this model to a specific information set that will produce a rich aesthetic experience and also a chance to contemplate how some of the logic of the Information Age plays out.

The material we use to construct our work is mostly culled from the Media or acquired through electronic recording mediums. There is already a robust history of media-based artwork and we consider ourselves part of that body. The contemporary perception of a "media ecology", of an organic hyper-reality that proceeds by its own self-regulating principles, is already at hand and our ability to examine, to evaluate that perception, is cause for consideration. This overarching metaphor of media artifacts organized by "natural" designs is crucial to the cultural exploration, or critique, at the heart of our work.

Zach Poff and N.B.Aldrich Bios

Zach Poff and N.B.Aldrich have been collaborating for the past five years creating audio, video, performance and installation work primarily in the areas of media and New Media. Their work has been shown at such venues as Artists Space, the Not Still Art Festival, the Optica Festival, Perform.Media, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, the Bates College Museum of Art, the Polli Talu Arts Center, SoundLAB and the Ayers Island Contemporary Arts Festival.