Zach Lieberman

April 24, 2024 9:00 AM
Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 8LH

Zach Lieberman (Visual) by Verse
Daito Manabe (Music)
Color Stripe Study

Verse is delighted to partner with Digital Art Week to present the work of Zach Lieberman as a public installation, exhibited at Outernet, one of Europe's largest wrap-around LED screens. Lieberman’s work explores what colour can do, and how it can affect us in various ways. While his work mostly explores this on a two-dimensional plane, here Lieberman created a site-specific piece that responds directly to Outernet’s spatial layout to create a fully immersive experience that respects the geometry of the 3D space.

In the space, his signature circular motifs radiate out from a central point directly above the audience. They cascade around viewers as if enclosing them within a sphere of pure color, luminous pixels designed to excite the senses and induce emotion. The emotional impact initiated by particular combinations of color and form is one of Lieberman’s primary interests and focal points of his practice.

His piece for Outernet was created primarily using a C++ shader programming tool co-developed by Lieberman himself. It is a loop lasting 4 minutes and 30 seconds, accompanied by a soundtrack composed by Daito Manabe, a musician with whom Lieberman has collaborated numerous times in the past including the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Zachary Lieberman is an artist, researcher, and educator with a simple goal: he wants you surprised. In his work, he creates performances and installations that take human gesture as input and amplify them in different ways — making drawings come to life, imagining what the voice might look like if we could see it, transforming people's silhouettes into music. He's been listed as one of Fast Company's Most Creative People and his projects have won the Golden Nica from Ars Electronica, Interactive Design of the Year from Design Museum London as well as listed in Time Magazine's Best Inventions of the Year. He creates artwork through writing software and is a co-creator of openFrameworks, an open source C++ toolkit for creative coding and helped co-found the School for Poetic Computation, a school examining the lyrical possibilities of code. He is a professor at MIT Media Lab, where he leads the Future Sketches group.

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