Zach Lieberman 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. In addition to making artistic projects, Lieberman is co-creator of openFrameworks, an open source C++ toolkit for creative coding. He is also co-founder of the School for Poetic Computation in New York.

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Last year, faced with the prospect of turning 40, feeling a bit burnt out with the media arts field, I decided to radically change the way I work. In this talk I will discuss some of the patterns of creative behavior I explored, such as daily sketching and having regular office hours, as well the patterns I started to see in my own work and the works of others. While this discussion sounds really personal, in the talk I will link out heavily to other artists and designers whose work I find inspiring and challenging (lots of footnotes! bring a pen!). In addition to discussing my own process, I have interviewed a number of people who have interesting methodologies for their creative practice and I’ll be discussing some of the things I’ve learned from talking to them.