I just got back to NYC from several days’ preparatory meetings at the Patel Conservatory in Tampa, FL, where I met the educators and admin staff we’ll be working with for next month’s program. You can read the blurb at kidzconnect.org for more info about what we’re up to. It was really exciting to meet everyone — we’ve got some bright, sharp people on board, like Demario Henry (hip hop dance) and ranney (music), who’ll be collaborating with our students to develop a music and movement piece, er, song ‘n’ dance, if you will, in the final show, which will be a live, mixed reality performance by the Dutch and American students. This incorporation of music and movement is a new aspect of this, the second Kidz Connect program, which I’m particularly excited about.

Yes, Kidz Connect is now spelled with a Z instead of an S. F*cking domain squatters.

p.s. I have begun to Twitter.

Next month I am teaching a Video Workshop for Artists at 3rd Ward, an artists’ center in Brooklyn. This will be a good class for artists who are just beginning to use video in their work or those who have hit a stumbling block in doing so.

This hands-on, project-based workshop is ideal for those wishing to take their video work to the next level, and is aimed at artists with beginning or intermediate experience with video systems. Problems solved, questions answered, video mastered! Participants will broaden and deepen their practical and theoretical knowledge of video through the development of existing or new projects. Topics will include the ins-and-outs of video installation, hardware- and software-based systems for display, compression/conversion, and dynamic (live) control systems.

Specific technologies and techniques explored include compression and conversion (ffmpegX, Compressor, types of video: DV, HDV, etc) as well as hardware systems for display. We’ll cover general signal routing, sync’d DVD players, cameras, routers, distribution amplifiers, types of cables, the whole thing. We’ll talk about the nuts and bolts of installation – choosing projectors, keystoning, color matching, spanning multiple screens – and how to control them – MIDI, OSC, remote administration, overview of sensor technologies. For the slightly more adventurous, we’ll also probably touch upon video software Jitter and Quartz Composer.

Students are encouraged to come to class with a project in mind, but there will be plenty of material and tricks to try out that we’re sure you’ll be inspired. This class will conclude with a small group show at 3rd Ward.

Please help me spread the word and get the class filled! 🙂 I’m also taking a class in light sculpture taught by Daniel Rossi, which came highly recommended. We’ll be making light fixtures out of bamboo, LEDs and old power adapters. 😀

Today my students taught me how to dance

In addition to playing with the new old My First Sony Electronic Sketch Pad I brought them

I made them laugh

And they liked the sketch pad

It will serve them well when they do visuals at the 80’s party this Friday

(I will bust the moves they taught me)

And tonight I worked on a patch to share with them: an exquisite corpse maker

It’s coming along

Also I am webcasting a nifty event on Thursday

image: a screenshot from the output of an exquisite corpse patch.

I’m off to Budapest today to teach workshops and host a Share jam in the Ultrahang Festival. 🙂 Wish me luck!

Thursday was the end of my five-week project at the Institute for the Future of the Book, helping them get ready for the next big alpha release of Sophie. It was a pleasure working with them and I hope to do so again. If you haven’t heard, check out the call for visualizations of Gamer Theory 2.0, which I’m happy to say I had a hand in formulating. It looks like we’ll be seeing some really nifty visualizations in the next couple weeks.


Tomorrow the Austin Museum of Digital Art will show some of my visuals in their Digital Showcase, paired with the live music of Proem, an electronic musician whose tracks you can hear on Bleep.com (search for Proem). I really like his sound — it ought to be a good fit. 🙂 AMODA will also premiere a new installation piece called HOW TO FIX YOUR TV, of which you can see a recorded excerpt below. Also, you can learn how to fix a TV yourself with the instructions I’ve posted on Instructables.com.

if you don’t see a video here, click this link