Jeff Lieberman (roboticist)

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Jeff Lieberman
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Jeff Lieberman (2009)
BornMarch 1978 (age 41)
EducationMassachusetts Institute of Technology, SB 2000 Physics, SB 2000 Mathematics, SM 2004 Mechanical Engineering, SM 2006 Media Arts and Sciences
OccupationRoboticist, artist/engineer, television presenter

Jeff Lieberman (born March 1978) is an artist and engineer working in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was also the host of the documentary show Time Warp on Discovery Channel.

Early life and education[edit]

Lieberman earned two bachelor's degrees, in Mathematics and Physics, and two master's degrees, in Mechanical Engineering and Media Arts & Sciences with a focus in Robotics, all from MIT. He took a leave of absence from pursuing a PhD due to the demands of filming.[1] Before his leave, he worked in the MIT Media Lab in Cynthia Breazeal's Personal Robots Group.[2]


One of Lieberman's main interests is making kinetic sculptures. With Daniel Paluska he built the Absolut Quartet,[3][4] a music machine which has been exhibited at Ars Electronica in Austria.[5]

He has made many technological sculptures,[6] which resulted in him starting his design firm Plebian Design.

He also successfully launched art projects on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter. "One thing that I don’t want to do as an artist is inflate the prices of my work to artificially make them more valuable. Often artists do this in order to make a living; so I wanted to figure out another alternative." he said, explaining why he chose Kickstarter for one of his projects.[7] His first Kickstarter project was Moore Pattern, and a second one, Slow Dance was later converted into an ongoing product. Both projects appear to be minimalist, but incorporate a deep understanding of human visual perception.

Lieberman is also a musician, playing several instruments[which?] as well as singing. His first starring role in a feature film was in the romantic musical comedy 83 Errers.[8]

Plebian Design[edit]

Plebian Design is Lieberman's design firm, which has done projects like Quartet and Patterned by Nature, which is a sculptural ribbon 10 feet wide and 90 feet in length.[9]

Wonder Machines[edit]

After the success of a Kickstarter project, Lieberman decided to offer his artwork Slow Dance as an ongoing product. It is a simple, minimalist wooden frame incorporating stroboscopic LED lighting and a vibrating electromagnetic coil, which can animate a small item such as a feather or a flower in apparent slow motion.[10]

See also[edit]

  • Wen-Ying Tsai — another sculptor who has used stroboscopic effects


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-06-22. Retrieved 2009-08-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-04-17. Retrieved 2009-06-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "absolut quartet". Retrieved 2016-07-05.
  5. ^ "Ars Electronica Archive".
  6. ^ Tyagi, Akshay. "Jeff Lieberman's Kinetic Sculptures [ Video ]". The TechIRIS. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  7. ^ Tyagi, Akshay. "Jeff Lieberman – Under the Iris". The TechIRIS. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  8. ^ "FILM REVIEW: 83 Errers -- Well-Made Student Film - The Tech".
  9. ^ "Patterned by Nature". Plebian Design. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  10. ^ Liszewski, Andrew. "Time Appears to Slow Down Inside This Magical Picture Frame". Retrieved 2018-05-25.

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