Paul Hertz


Member Since January 1, 1996


Paul Hertz works in digital and traditional media, with particular interest in intermedia, algorithmic composition, and performance. His interactive installations, performances, and digital prints have been exhibited at many international media conferences and festivals.

Hertz's early work developed while he lived in Spain, from 1971 to 1983. There he collaborated with musicians and theatrical performers and developed a generative system for intermedia art. Upon moving back to the United States, he earned an MFA in Time Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he learned to work with computers as a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in Art and Technology.

Hertz was employed for seventeen years at Northwestern University as a software developer and an instructor in the Department of Radio, Television and Film and the Medill School of Journalism. He was Co-Director of the Center for Art and Technology, where he taught courses in virtual reality. He co-curated "Imaging by Numbers: A Historical View of the Computer Print," which opened at the Block Museum, Northwestern University, in January 2008. HIs other curatorial work includes "La Finca/The Homestead" (1995) an online exhibition by 7 artists and critics, "Second Nature" (1999), "glitChicago" (2014), and "all.go.rhythm" (2015).

He currently teaches in the departments of Art History, Theory and Criticism and Film, Video, New Media and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A master digital printmaker, Hertz has recently started his own print studio, Ignotus Editions. His recent algorithmic work, "Vertical City", will be installed as a glass mural in the new headquarters of the National Science Foundation in Alexandria, Virginia. He resides in Chicago, his home for over 25 years.