Paul Hertz

Paul Hertz teaches and develops networked multimedia projects at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, USA. From 1971 to 1983 he lived in Spain, where he exhibited his drawings, paintings, and musical and theatrical compositions, notably in the XVIII International Theater Festival of Sitges, the Universitat Nova in Barcelona, and in various editions of the Joan Miro International Drawing Competition. He also worked as a jazz musician in local night clubs. In 1985 he was awarded a research grant from the Mellon Foundation as a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Studies in Art and Technology at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he was working on his MFA degree. In 1994 with a host of other artists and engineers he collaborated with Muntadas in creating the Fileroom, one of the first on-line artworks. As a visiting artist at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain, in 1996, he exhibited his suite of digital images "Deadpan, or the Holy Toast" and chaired a panel on "The Colonization of Cyberspace," a topic explored by seven artists in "The Homestead/La Finca," a WWW installation he designed and curated. He has exhibited his work in Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, the Chicago Cultural Center, in ISEA95, ISEA97, and SIGGRAPH99, where he was also a panelist for "Algorithmics and Patterns from Life." For Chicago's Project Millennium he curated a show of new media art, "Second Nature," at the Ukrainian Museum of Modern Art. His essay on the poetics of intermedia, "Synesthetic Art, an Imaginary Number?" was published in the "Synesthesia and Intersense" section of Leonardo, v32-5, 1999. Currently he is working on a multimedia performance work, "Fool's Paradise," a collaborative effort funded by a grant from the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts at Northwestern University. Email:


Journal Articles

Music, Cognition, and Computerized Sound: An Introduction to Psychoacoustics

June 2001

Art, Technology, Consciousness: Mind@Large

April 2002

Synaesthesia: The Strangest Thing

June 2002
Leonardo Reviews

From Technological to Virtual Art by Frank Popper. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A., 2007. 471 pp., illus. Trade. ISBN: 978-0-262-16230-2

April 2008
Leonardo Electonic Almanac Abstracts

LEA Abstracts

August 1999

Synesthetic Art— An Imaginary Number?

October 1999

Obras Maestras Del Museo Nacional De Bellas Artes (Masterworks of the Museum of Fine Arts)

August 2000