Zachary Lieberman’s work uses technology in a playful way to explore the nature of communication and the delicate boundary between the visible and the invisible. He creates performances, installations and on-line works that investigate gestural input, augmentation of the body and kinetic response.
Working with collaborator Golan Levin, he created a series of installations — Remark and Hidden Worlds — which presented different interpretations of what the voice might look like if we could see our own speech. These were followed with Messa Di Voce, a concert performance in which the speech, shouts and songs of two abstract vocalists were radically augmented in real time by interactive visualization software. Lieberman’s installation/performance, Drawn, in which live painted forms appear to come to life, rising off the page and reacting to the world around them, recently won awards at the Ars Electronica and CYNETart competitions.
Most recently, he helped create visuals for the facade of the new Ars Electronica Museum, wrote software for an augmented reality card trick, performed by Marco Tempest, 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.