Olivia Jack

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Olivia Jack is a programmer and artist who works frequently with open-source software, cartography, live coding, and experimental interfaces.

She is the developer of various browser-based creative tools including Hydra (live-coded video synthesizer), PIXELSYNTH, and LiveLab (peer-to-peer media router). Her live visual sets explore algorithmic representations of unpredictable and chaotic systems, and writing software as a messy and ephemeral process.


Olivia Jack developed a live-coded | live drawing program called "Fubbles" (function scribbles), a hybrid code and graphics editor. Dragging the mouse or a finger in a drawing generates a sequence of X and Y values in time. These values are looped to create a repeating pattern, and assigned to a variable which can be used to control parameters in live coding visuals or music. Multiple scribble functions can be updated live, creating a flexible gestural control interface to a live-coded program.