Paul Hertz
Since the beginning
Works in Chicago, Illinois United States of America

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. He developed interaction design and code for the Collaboratory Project, an online collaborative environment for K-12 education.

He currently teaches in the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A master digital printmaker, Hertz has recently started his own print studio, Ignotus Editions. He currently resides in Chicago, his home for over 25 years.
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Space, Color and Motion

Fri Jan 18, 2008 00:00 - Sat Jan 12, 2008

Space, Color, and Motion presents time-based computer artworks by four artists exhibited in the exhibition Imaging by Numbers: A Historical View of the Computer Print — Jean-Pierre Hébert, Manfred Mohr, James Paterson, and C.E.B. Reas. These works explore computer-generated motion, an important aspect of computer art not featured in Imaging by Numbers.


Imaging by Numbers: A Historical View of the Computer Print

Fri Jan 18, 2008 00:00 - Sat Jan 12, 2008

Imaging by Numbers surveys the use of computers in printmaking and drawing through approximately 60 works created by nearly 40 North American and European artists from the 1950s to the present. The exhibition focuses on artists who wrote their own computer code or collaborated with computer engineers. Beginning with photographs of electronic waveforms by Ben Laposky and Herbert Franke, Imaging by Numbers includes drawings made with plotter printers by the likes of Manfred Mohr and Edward Zajec, explorations of virtual worlds composed with 3-D imaging software by David Em, and works created with inventive modifications and combinations of traditional and digital printing techniques by such artists as Lane Hall and Roman Verostko. Contemporary artists writing their own computer programs or altering existing software — Joshua Davis and C.E.B. Reas, for example — are also represented.

Imaging by Numbers is curated by Block Museum senior curator Debora Wood and artist Paul Hertz.