Jared Tarbell

Jared Tarbell


Jared Tarbell is one part Magical Mystery Tour (Lennon/McCartney), one part Brandenburg Concerto (J.S. Bach), and one part Somnium (Robert Rich).

In July 2005, Jared co-founded Etsy, an online marketplace to buy and sell handmade goods.

Born 1973 in the high altitude desert city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, he was first introduced to personal computers in 1987. Jared's interest in computation has grown in direct relation to the processing power of these machines.

Jared holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from New Mexico State University. He is expressly interested in the emergent phenomena of generative systems.

When not engaged in programming, Jared nearly always tries to find himself outside, exploring mysterious wilderness areas of the American southwest.


The Computational Artifact

Jared used to get sad at the end of the day when the computers were powered down. His algorithms, expressed in code, suddenly lay dormant in a deep black sea of bits. How could he explain what he'd created to his Grandfather? How could he know what he had done was real?

Envious of his friends who worked with stone, pencil, strings, and clay, Jared began seeking ways to make his algorithms more permanent. He's found that coding environments are getting friendlier. Computer controlled machines are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Combined, they are making Jared a happier man each and everyday.

In this presentation Jared will demonstrate the ideas and techniques he uses in bringing code creations into the real world. From ink to lasers, from paper to stone, code will be opened and vectors shown.

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