Future of Reality
an artist collective interested in past, present and future forms of reality

Artist: Paul Hertz
Title: Fools Paradise
Year: 2004
Project Description: Fools Paradise is an intermedia performance created by artist Paul Hertz and composer Stephen Dembski. Dembski scored forty-eight selected proverbs from visionary poet Willam Blake's "Proverbs of Hell" for soprano, cello, and ute. Hertz created a virtual world where each song is associated with its own locus on an island in the shape of a book, oating in a sea of stars. The artists used a common "parametric space" to develop the work as an intermedia composition and are developing a new version where the parametric space governs events in an interactive VR installation.
Bio: 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, including Siggraph, ISEA, the International Computer Music Conference, Digital Arts and Culture, and Upgrade! International. 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 School of Journalism. He was Co-Director of the Center for Art and Technology. 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.
Website: http://paulhertz.net/
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