Why Programming Is Just Like Poetry [PSFK 2013]

Creative technologist Zach Lieberman shares how he’s created a school to work with students to build interactive pedagogical tools.

Zach Lieberman, artist and creative technologist, spoke at PSFK CONFERENCE 2013 about his recent project the school for poetic computation. Lieberman works as a media artist, developing tools which utilize new media to form compelling messages, such as a project with Nike which took paths mapped by runners and turned them into a painting. As he says, the goal is to create magic and evoke strange experiences for people.

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His recent project, which is set to open within the year, is a collection of artists and teachers who will focus on working with students to use technology to build interactive pedagogical tools. The school for poetic computation, which Lieberman calls an ‘anti-vocational school’, will teach students to share the things they care about far into the world, and is not geared towards helping students find a job, but rather to cultivate creative and inquisitive minds. Overall, his work is designed to demonstrate the ways in which technology can elicit a deep emotional reaction.

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Image Credit - Catalina Kulczar

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