EyeWriter: DIWO is the New DIY by Zach Lieberman
EyeWriter: DIWO is the New DIY
Tony Quan aka TEMPT1 was a graffiti artist in LA. He was paralyzed with ALS in 2003. His method of communicating was via a $15k+ eyetracker system that allowed him to type; TEMPT1's drawing career seemed over.
Enter our speaker, the artist Zach Lieberman (http://thesystemis.com/). Working with collaborators he built a $50 eyetracker called the EyeWriter (http://thesystemis.com/projects/eyewriter/). TEMPT1 was able to use this to draw again. His digital graffiti twas projected on buildings by the EyeWriter team live.
Zach does not work a lone. He builds his art as though he were in a laboratory with teammates. He Does It With Others (DIWO). For this collaboration he teamed up with members of Free Art and Technology (FAT), OpenFrameworks, the Graffiti Research Lab, and The Ebeling Group communities. You can help this project continue on Kickstarter if you contribute by 10/19 (http://bit.ly/tempt1).
As he writes on his site:
I am an artist, researcher, hacker dedicated to exploring new modes of expression and play.
I love to make things.
I develop and am one of the co-founders of openframeworks, a c++ library for creative coding. I am working on the eyewriter project, a lowcost / opensource hardware and software toolkit that helps people draw with their eyes. This semester I am teaching a course about the eyewriter at parsons school of design. A few performances / installations with buildings created by yesyesno, a company I co-founded: Night Lights and Lights On I’ve worked with a great magician, Marco Tempest, developing new tricks: AR Magic 1.0 and Magic Projection 1.0. A few years back, I’ve also worked Mago Julian, making opensourcery, a performance that mixed software and close magic. I also worked on the IQ font, a project where a stunt driver drives a typeface. I’m one of the developers of rhonda, a 3d drawing tool that helps people sketch ideas simply in 3d. See also sonic wire sculptor, it’s musical cousin. I’m also helping with the development of jigazo, a reconfigurable jigsaw puzzle.
News: I’m honored to report that the EyeWriter project has won the Design of the Year (interactive) from London Design Museum, FutureEverything prize from the future everything festival and the Golden Nica in Interactive Art at Ars electronica. Also, the IQ Font project won the Cannes Design Lion.
I give talks, here’s one I gave at Poptech
To reach me, email zach [@] openframeworks [dot] cc | follow me on twitter: @zachlieberman