Samuel Hertz and Layton Lachman are artistic collaborators who have worked together for 10+ years across performance and sound, creating hybrid works spanning diverse media such as durational installations, generative and short films, song cycles, staged works, and writing. Having met and collaborated first in San Francisco, they relocated their practice to Berlin where they have been living and working for the last seven years.
Samuel Hertz is a composer and PhD researcher in Geography at the Centre for GeoHumanities focusing on the uses of sound in climate science, and is the author of more than 10 essays on climate-listening practices. His multimedia work—including subwoofer performances, IMAX installations, Earth-Moon-Earth radio transmissions and composed music for chamber ensembles—deals with encouraging a complex, sensual approach to more-than-human scales of space and time.
Layton Lachman is an artist based in Berlin. They create performances rooted in somatics, channeling these experiential practices into immersive, sensorially complex worlds. Layton’s curatorial practice in Berlin, San Francisco, and NYC intersects with their artistic practice, in their facilitation of self-organized events, interdisciplinary exchange, forms of collective authorship, and the challenge of ingrained power structures. They create with the understanding that we are always collaborating with and through the transmissions of those who come before, after, and with us.