Zachary Lieberman

New York
United States
United States
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I am an artist, researcher, hacker dedicated to exploring new modes of expression and play.

I love to make things.

I develop and am one of the co-founders of openframeworks, a c++ library for creative coding. I am working on the eyewriter project, a lowcost / opensource hardware and software toolkit that helps people draw with their eyes. This semester I am teaching a course about the eyewriter at parsons school of design. A few performances / installations with buildings created by yesyesno, a company I co-founded: Night Lights and Lights On I’ve worked with a great magician, Marco Tempest, developing new tricks: AR Magic 1.0 and Magic Projection 1.0. A few years back, I’ve also worked Mago Julian, making opensourcery, a performance that mixed software and close magic. I also worked on the IQ font, a project where a stunt driver drives a typeface. I’m one of the developers of rhonda, a 3d drawing tool that helps people sketch ideas simply in 3d. See also sonic wire sculptor, it’s musical cousin. I’m also helping with the development of jigazo, a reconfigurable jigsaw puzzle.


Zachary 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.

Augmenting the body’s ability to communicate has always been at the core of Lieberman’s work. Working with collaborator Golan Levin, he created installations—”Remark” and “Hidden Worlds”—that presented interpretations of what the voice might look like if we could see our own speech. Similarly, the concert performance “Messa Di Voce” (Italian for “placing the voice”) illustrated the abstract songs and shouts of two vocalists by interactive visualization software. Lieberman’s installation “Drawn,” in which painted forms appear to come to life, recently won awards in the Ars Electronica and CYNETart competitions.

Lieberman has held residencies at Ars Electronica Futurelab, Eyebeam, Dance Theater Workshop, and the Hangar Center for the Arts in Barcelona.

Most recently, he helped create visuals for the facade of the new Ars Electronica Museum, wrote software for an augmented reality magic trick, and helped develop an open source eye tracker to help a paralyzed graffiti artist draw again. In addition to making artistic projects, Lieberman is co-creator of openFrameworks, an open source C++ toolkit for creative coding. He teaches at Parsons School of Design.


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openFrameworks Zachary Lieberman 2005
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