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Collaboration is Key in Future Sketches



As an educator and a founder of the open-source creative coding tool openFrameworks, Future Sketches artist Zach Lieberman seeks to expand the possibilities of his work as well as in this genre overall by increasing shared knowledge and mutual inspiration.

The pieces Average Face Mirror and Face were created by Sarah Howorka and Robby Kraft, respectively, both students from the School for Poetic Computation. The installation Re-Coded features sketches by students of the school as they explored how past computer-based works could be reworked and reintroduced to the public, reflecting of his interest in sharing work. These installations are the result of work created for classes led by Lieberman, where he helped them consider the possibilities of coding and artistic uses of technology.

A number of installations are collaborations between Lieberman and other creators. Manual Input Sessions was created by the TMEMA, a group encompassing Lieberman and Golan Levin. Levin was one of Lieberman's professors at Parsons, so this exhibit features the work and influences of three generations of students, teachers and artists. The artist and educator Molmol Kuo worked with Lieberman on the pieces Body Sketches and Más Que la Cara (which had additional contributions from Gordy Cherny and Matthias Dörfelt).


Additionally, the main space's Sketch Lab features the musical pieces "Exitisim - (A)" and "Particle and Fields" by the electronic music composer Jemapur, "What I Feel" by Daito Manabe (of our Lucid Motion exhibit) and improvised music created for this exhibit by pianist Nahre Sol. Manabe also created the track that can be heard in the Face Lab. These are musicians whose music Lieberman enjoys and who, in some cases, have collaborated with him in the past like Daito Manabe.


Lieberman has shared that he often feels that he gains as much from his students by being their teacher and collaborator as they gain from him.


My conception of this artwork is that is should be more like a laboratory," adds Lieberman. "It should more like place where you’re working and sharing ideas with people."

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