Yesterday I was lucky enough to run an introductory workshop at Trade School Cardiff – HERE is a list of the amazing, varied and inspiring workshops held over the last week and run on a barter system by those providing their time and expertise.
Anyway, I ran a ‘thing’ around Projection Mapping and Puredata and how the latter free, open source software can be used to produce interactive new media art. Here’s my very hurried and rather abstract intro ppt and following is a link to the sketches I was demoing ready for you to downlaod and enjoy:
So, the main focus of attention was on Puredata…heres some quick tips on using the sketches:
2. The Help section in Pd is really useful – open it in Browser mode and you can get some ideas of its functionality as well as plenty of examples to get you started.
3. Open up one of my sketches (link below) and have a play. I’ve put some explanations in the sketches but the main thing to remember is that Pd has 2 “Modes” – Edit Mode allows you to…well edit the sketch and Run Mode allows you to interact with the GUI you’ve created. Switch between the 2 modes with CMD/CTRL + E (Mac/Win). Really good getting started resource is the FLOSS manual.
4. Have a play – if it breaks or hangs CMD+ALT+ESC/CTRL+ALT+ESC (Mac/Win) is your friend. If you accidentally save over stuff just re-download the stuff below…or if you make some interesting additions save it and let me know!
5. Finally the ReacTIVision sketch is dependent on an external library – you’ll need to download the main ReacTIVision software plus the TUIO client for Pd – all this is at http://reactivision.sourceforge.net/ – and put it in the appropriate place on your OS (usually the same directory as Pd itself). You can also get the fucidal patterns from the ReacTIVision site.
I think thats about it….oh wait…the sketches I used in the workshop can be downloaded as a .zip file HERE.
Any probs best Tweet at me and I’ll try and sort it out. Main thing to stress is that there are TONNES of links, sketches and tutorial around Pd online – a great starting point is the series of YouTube vids by Dr Rafael Hernandez. They ‘ve helped me out a great deal over the last year.
Finally (but not leastly) I want to say a MASSIVE thanks to all involved in attending, sharing and generally being lovely at #TradeSchoolCardiff and of course the organisers at ThinkARK. I had a great time yesterday and am for once amazingly grateful for working for peanuts! (and Chai).