zachary lieberman

What do we mean by ‘freedom’? Should Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS) necessarily be powered by radical politics of ownership and collaboration? Or is the latching of “Free Software” ideological baggage limiting the full transformative power of “Open Source”. How are these questions informed by licenses? Are some licenses more open than others? More ethical than others? This emotional debate has been in the heart of FLOSS from its early days and has created camps and animosities within the community.

Upgrade! NY continues its program series on open source as it relates to activism and creative practice. Join us for a discussion and debate on what constitutes freedom within the Open Source and Free Culture movements. We will examine the strong ideological differences through a provocative panel discussion with Gabriella Coleman and Zachary Lieberman.


Golan Levin and Zachary Lieberman have developed a new concert performance technology in which speech, shouts and songs are radically augmented in real-time by custom interactive visualization software. This work touches on themes of abstract communication, synaesthetic relationships, cartoon language, and writing and scoring systems, within the context of a sophisticated, playful, and virtuosic audiovisual narrative.

Project Created: 
October 2002

Levin is an artist, composer and designer whose work focuses on the creation, manipulation and performance of simultaneous image and sound as part of a more general examination of communications protocols for individual engagement and non-verbal dialogue. He was granted an Award of Distinction in the Prix Ars Electronica for his Audivisual Environment Suite interactive software (2000) and its accompanying audiovisual performance, Scribble (2000).

Lieberman is an artist-engineer concerned with themes of kinetic and gestural performance, interactive imaging and sound synthesis. He teaches in the Design and Technology department at Parsons School of Design, and was a Siemens Artist in Residence at the Ars Electronica Futurelab in Linz, Austria.

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