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Hacker, Artist, Teacher
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.
Visual Artist, Musician, Engineer
Memo Akten is a visual artist, musician and engineer working at the intersection of art and science. Developing and appropriating new technologies, he explores processes of visualizing the invisible; extracting and amplifying the unseen relationships within images, space, movement, sound and time. Driven by the urge to make the seemingly impossible, possible; and awaken our childlike instincts to explore and discover new forms of interaction and expression; he invents new ways of creating and performing images and sound. His work ranges from live music/dance/theatre performances, large-scale immersive interactive installations, music videos; to online works and mobile applications. He is on the selection committee of ACM SIGGraph, computational consultant on the Architectural Associations’ Design Research Lab and one of the core contributors to the openFrameworks project.
Selected exhibitions and performances include Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Royal Festival Hall (London), Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), Creators Project (New York, Sao Paulo, Beijing), Holon Museum (Tel Aviv), Garage Center for Contemporary Culture (Moscow), Sydney Biennale, Design Miami, Aldeburgh Music Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival, Mapping Festival (Geneva), Yota Space Festival (St. Petersburg), Glastonbury Festival and more.
Inventor, Environmentalist, Entrepreneur
Cesar Harada is an French-Japanese Inventor, Environmentalist and Entrepreneur. Currently developing the Protei – a revolutionary shape shifting sailing robot- with the Open-H2O community, TED Senior Fellow, Unreasonable at sea Entrepreneur, Figure of progress (by GOOD and IBM), PhD candidate at Goldsmiths University of London, writing on “Open Hardware for the Environment” with a strong focus on ocean communities & technologies. Cesar also teaches Masters of “Design and Environment” at Goldsmiths University and can be booked for teaching workshops, public speaking and panels through his exclusive speakers bureau, The Lavin Agency. Visit his speaker’s page.
Cesar is a graduate from the Royal College of Arts London, Design Interactions Department, and worked as MIT Boston USA Project Leader as well as construction manager of the *IHub_ in Nairobi Kenya. Cesar led the Open-H2O (former Open-Sailing) to win the ARS Electronica Golden Nica [NEXT IDEA] (Austria) and the VIDA awards Fundacion Telefonica (Spain).
Until May 2013, Cesar Harada will have limited access to the interent as he will be sailing around the world with the Unreasonable at Sea. You can see here the places and times he will be on land if you want to meet in person. You will be able to follow that amazing journey with world top entrepreneurs in many languages!