Zach Lieberman

I am an artist and educator based in New York City. I create artwork with code, and focus on building experimental drawing and animation tools. I make interactive environments that invite participants to become performers. My main focus is how computation can be used as medium for poetry.

Note: I’m currently in the process of redoing my website here (after many years of neglect) so this page is just a placeholder while I get that up, but I will do my best to link out to recent projects and things I’m working on.


First, I post sketches I make with software daily on instagram. I have been doing this for over a year and recently I wrote about the process.


I helped create the School for Poetic Computaton in 2013 with a group of friends after teaching for a decade at Parsons school of Design. We wanted to create a low-cost, alternative school where students can come for short 10 week sessions that are a mixture of an artist residency and an intensive seminar. At SFPC we explore how electricity, code and theory can be used to make poetry.


I write sometimes on medium - here’s an article about open office hours which I do once per week. I also wrote an article with advice for students and tips for public talks.

Open source

I helped make openFrameworks, an open source c++ framework for creative coding.

Recent projects

Land Lines

Land lines is an experiment I made with the google data arts exploring drawing and geography. Here’s a detailed technical write up

Mas Que la Cara

Mas que la Cara is a public art installation in Downtown Houston which augments participants faces with dynamically generated masks that respond to their movements.
Some clips / images: 1, 2, 3, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7


I helped make an interactive installation with Margaret Atwood for the launch of her new novel Hag-Seed. I used the words from her book and created installation where participants can become characters from the book and explore the language of Hag Seed. Some clips / images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Reflection Studies

Reflection studies is an interactive installation which simulates light bouncing off shapes on a light table that users can re-arrange. Some clips: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Ink Space

Ink Space is a 3d drawing tool which uses rotations on your android phone to transform a 2d drawing into 3d.


In this installation I worked with a group of SFPC students to re-code media artworks using modern tools and showed the code and visuals side by side. Write up / Video

Earlier stuff


Eyewriter a low cost open source / open hardware tool created to help a paralyzed graffiti writer tempt draw graffiti with his eye movement.

Play the world

For this installation, visitors are invited to perform with a piano that finds samples with the same note in real-time from web radio stations from around the world, essentially allowing them to play the world. Video

Chase No Face

chase no face is a music video we created for the musician Olga Bell. It’s based on face tracking / projection ideas I explored with Daito Manabe

IQ font

IQ font is a typeface created completely by driving. We made this for Toyota.


I help run a interaction design studio called YesYesNo. We do things like turn running data into paintings, make shoes that talk, outdoor interactive projections,make a talking water fountain, etc.