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Hertz, Garnet
February 2nd, 2007 under Grad Students, Uncategorized

Graduate Student, Visual Studies Program, UC Irvine

Garnet HertzGarnet Hertz is a Fulbright Scholar, Research Fellow at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, and is completing a Ph.D. in Visual Studies at the University of California Irvine. He also holds an MFA from the Arts Computation Engineering program at UCI and has completed UCI’s Critical Theory Emphasis. His current interests include the history, theory and practice of electro/mechanical art, computing, digital/internet art and robotics. He has shown his work at several notable international venues including Ars Electronica and SIGGRAPH and is also founder of Dorkbot-Socal, a monthly Los Angeles-based lecture series on electronic art. Popular press about his work is widespread, disseminating through 25 countries in publications including The New York Times, Wired News, I.D. Magazine, The Washington Post, Slashdot, NPR, USA Today, NBC, CBS, TV Tokyo, ZDTV and CNN Headline News.

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