Michael Snow was born in 1929 in Toronto, Canada, where he lives and works. He is widely considered to be the father of structuralist film, and was also a pioneer of video art. His 1967 film Wavelength established him as the creator of a new filmic language. Snow is a multidisciplinary artist who has turned his hand to experimental filmmaking, installation, sculpture, video, and photography. He is also a musician and founder of CCMC, an improvisational ensemble that plays experimental music influenced by jazz. Regardless of the media he chooses in each case, his work always explores the expressive potential of image and sound.
He is more interested in formal matters than pure storytelling, and his films use zooms, wide angles and camera movements to explore the possibilities of the medium. He is part of a generation of minimalist artists that includes figures like Bruce Nauman and Richard Serra.
Snow’s work can be found in the collections of major institutions such as the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in Canada, the Haifa Museum of Art in Israel and MACBA. Since his early exhibitions at Documenta 5 and 6 in Kassel in 1972 and 1977, he has shown his work in numerous cities in Europe and the United States. Snow has received awards from many experimental film festivals around the world, and he has performed his music in the United States, Europe and Japan. Apart from an extensive bibliography on his visual and sound work, he has also generated an extensive discography.
While there are ideas about psychological and emotional developmental processes held within the sculptures I make, the things themselves are actual physical explorations into thinking, feeling, communicating and relating.