Zach McLane is an artist and writer currently based in Santa Barbara, CA. He is an MA/PhD student in the Film and Media Studies Department at UC Santa Barbara. His research interests include: experimental and avant-garde media practices, poetry and poetics, race and its relation to aesthetics and power, participatory art practice, and critical theory.

Zach also maintains a video art practice which explores representation and legibility through digital image compression algorithms. He holds a BA in Narrative Studies from the University of Southern California where he studied narrative form and contemporary visual culture.


In-progress: MA/PhD, Film and Media Studies, University of California Santa Barbara

2018, BA, Narrative Studies, University of Southern California

Exhibitions / Events

2021, Film Community Board, COPY, Web-based

2021, Avant-garde Short Film Festival, Big Day Film Collective, Philadelphia, USA

2021, poetic.GIF, Brick City Gallery at Missouri State University, USA

2021, Small File Media Festival, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, CA

2021, Cheap Freedom Club, Web-based

2021, "Excerpts from the Writing Machine," at Pillow Lava online lecture marathon, Web-based

2020, Film and Video Poetry Symposium, Los Angeles, USA

2020, Small File Media Festival, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, CA

2019, origins, Toby’s Feed Barn, Point Reyes, USA

2019, OPEN SPACE, Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, USA

2019, 10 Artists to Watch, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, USA

2018, Between Memory + Image, Floating Projects Collective, Hong Kong

2018, Bounce Haus, Private residence, Los Angeles, USA

2017, 100, Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, USA


2021, Videography. Documentary Impulses. Our Manifesto, Contributing Artist, Editor.

2020,  Quadrant Field: Marcos Lutyens, Editor, Apr 2020

2020, TIME: Time at the Time of Isolation, Contributing Artist, ART 1307, May 2020, ISBN 9781714896929

2019, “How might a beginning be an opening?” Floating Projects Collective, Mar 2019

2018, “Crossing the Distance Between Reading and Speaking,” Floating Projects Collective, Oct 2018

2018, “Boundary of Invisibility: Degraded Images and Touchscreens,” in PLEXUS, Nov 2018

2017, “Things I Lost,” 100 Zine, May 2017

2016, “Untitled,” nsfw mag, Jan 2016

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