Garnet Hertz

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Garnet Hertz (born 1973) is a Canadian artist and academic.[1] Hertz is known for his electronic artworks and for his research in the area of critical making.[2][3][4]


Hertz is known for robotic artworks that are a synthesis of living insects and electronic machinery. His Cockroach Controlled Mobile Robot (2007) uses a giant Madagascan cockroach to control a robot that moves through the gallery space.[5][6][7][8] In his 2001 work Fly with Implanted Web Server, viewers of a specific URL browsed web pages served from inside a biological organism.[9][10]

Several of his works involve the repurposing of obsolete media technologies.[11][12] His work Outrun turned a video game cabinet into a street-driveable vehicle.[13][14] As the vehicle is driven, it converts the a camera view of the real street into an 8-bit video screen view that the driver uses to navigate.[15][16][17]

Academic career[edit]

Hertz is the Canada Research Chair in Design + Media Arts at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.[18] Hertz was previously Research Scientist and Artist in Residence in the Department of Informatics at the University of California Irvine and was also Faculty in the Media Design Program at the Art Center College of Design.[2]


In 2008, Hertz won the Oscar Signorini prize for robotic art.[19] In 2003, Hertz won a Canada-U.S. Fulbright Award to pursue graduate studies at the University of California Irvine in an interdisciplinary program in art, computing and electrical engineering.[20]


  1. ^ "Artist/Maker Name "Hertz, Garnet"". Canadian Heritage Information Network. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Critical Making". We Make Money not Art. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  3. ^ Gunn, Ali. "FutureEverything 2014: Tools for the Unknown Future". The Skinny. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  4. ^ ram. A Overview on 3D Printing. pp. 66–. GGKEY:QHKUXN32N20.
  5. ^ Jeffrey A. Lockwood (22 July 2010). Six-Legged Soldiers: Using Insects as Weapons of War. Oxford University Press. pp. 289–. ISBN 978-0-19-973353-8.
  6. ^ Andrew Pickering (15 April 2010). The Cybernetic Brain: Sketches of Another Future. University of Chicago Press. pp. 241–. ISBN 978-0-226-66792-8.
  7. ^ Matthias Rauterberg; Marco Combetto (1 October 2006). Entertainment Computing - ICEC 2006: 5th International Conference, Cambridge, UK, September 20-22, 2006, Proceedings. Springer. pp. 32–. ISBN 978-3-540-45261-4.
  8. ^ Cecilia Di Chio; Alexandros Agapitos; Stefano Cagnoni (24 March 2012). Applications of Evolutionary Computation: EvoApplications 2012: Málaga, Spain, April 11-13, 2012, Proceedings. Springer. pp. 218–. ISBN 978-3-642-29178-4.
  9. ^ Corrado Federici; Leslie Anne Boldt-Irons; Ernesto Virgulti (2005). Images and Imagery: Frames, Borders, Limits : Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Peter Lang. pp. 20–. ISBN 978-0-8204-7423-6.
  10. ^ Susan Schreibman; Ray Siemens; John Unsworth (26 January 2016). A New Companion to Digital Humanities. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 48–. ISBN 978-1-118-68059-9.
  11. ^ Jussi Parikka (23 April 2013). What is Media Archaeology?. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 121–. ISBN 978-0-7456-6139-1.
  12. ^ Gary Hall (22 April 2016). Pirate Philosophy: For a Digital Posthumanities. MIT Press. pp. 209–. ISBN 978-0-262-03440-1.
  13. ^ Sterling, Bruce. "Design Fiction: OutRun by Garnet Hertz". Wired Magazine. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  14. ^ Mark Frauenfelder (15 April 2011). Roll Your Own. "O'Reilly Media, Inc.". pp. 50–. ISBN 978-1-4493-9759-3.
  15. ^ Huffman, John Pearley. "Game Boy: How a Sega OutRun Game Cabinet Became a Car". Car and Driver. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  16. ^ Jansson, Mathias. "Videogame Appropriation in Contemporary Art: Racing Games". Furtherfield. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  17. ^ Mone, Gregory. "Building a Drivable OutRun Arcade Cabinet". Popular Science. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  18. ^ "Discover: First Canada Research Chairs Appointed at Emily Carr". Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  19. ^ Parikka, Jussi. "CTheory Interview Archaeologies of Media Art". Ctheory. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  20. ^ "U of S Ag Professor and Fine Arts Alumnus Receive Prestigious Canada-U.S. Fulbright Awards". University of Saskatchewan. Retrieved 5 July 2016.