Zach Lieberman

Zach is an artist with a simple goal: he wants you surprised. His work uses technology in a playful way to break down the fragile boundary between the visible and the invisible. He has held residencies at Ars Electronica Futurelab, Eyebeam, Dance Theater Workshop, and the Hangar Center for the Arts in Barcelona, and his work has been exhibited around the world.

Zach is one of the co-founders of openFrameworks, a C++ library for creative coding. He's currently working on the EyeWriter project, a low-cost, open source hardware and software toolkit that helps people draw with their eyes. The project has won the Design of the Year from the London Design Museum, FutureEverything prize and the Golden Nica in Interactive Art at Ars electronica. It was also listed by Time Magazine as one the 50 best inventions in 2010. Zach is one of the recipients of the AOL 25 for 25 grant, and was listed in Fast Company Magazine’s 100 Creative people in business. He teaches at Parsons School of Design.

Panel: WHY?

WHY do we do what we do? WHY should our spaces be infused with the digital? WHY data? WHY code? WHY generative? WHY collaborative?  WHY interactive? WHY color? WHY sound? WHY touch? WHY do frameworks have to be open? WHY design? This is a panel that wonders. Moderated by Tali Krakowsky with panelists Golan Levin, Natalie Jeremijenko, Zach Lieberman.

Session: Drawing, Movement, Magic

In this talk Zach will present his interactive works and collaborations, focusing on the artistic process as a form of research.  He will show works such as IQ Font, where a car was driven to draw a custom typeface, and EyeWriter, a tool he collaborated on building to aid a paralyzed graffiti artist in making art again.  He will also talk about openFrameworks, a C++ toolkit for creative coding which is being used by developers worldwide to make compelling interactive installations and performances.