Samuel Hertz

sound artist

Samuel Hertz (b. 1987 Washington, D.C., USA) is a Berlin-based sound artist and researcher investigating connections between sound and climate that emphasise geologic, ecologic, and social listening practices at more-than-human scales. Having studied composition with Pauline Oliveros, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, and Maggi Payne at Mills College, Hertz’s performances encompass a wide range of media including IMAX films, surround sound installations, interstellar transmissions, and doom-metal concerts. He is the author of nine essays on the relationships between sound and environment, including recent work for the Onassis Institute and contributions to an upcoming book from the Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien. Previous work of his has been presented in such contexts as Ars Electronica Festival 2020 (AT), Palais de Tokyo (FR), Fylkingen (SE), the National Science + Media Museum (UK), and Opera North (UK). Hertz’s time has recently been devoted to DOOM (with Layton Lachman): a durational performance in the form of a doom-metal concert, with upcoming performances at the BONE Festival for Performance Art (CH), and Sophiensaele’s Tanztage 2022 Festival (DE).