Introduction to Creative Coding for Live Visuals


This discussion will provide a brief introduction to the world of Creative Coding – what does it mean, who are the creative coders and what are the outcomes of this approach? We will try to answer these questions and share our experience connected to the theme.

Short info about workshop holders:

Nuno Correia (PT/FI) is a researcher, new media artist (mainly as Video Jack), and musician (also as Coden). Nuno is a researcher at the Sound and Physical Interaction research group at Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture (where he also teaches). He has been teaching new media art and design since 2000 in universities in Portugal, Finland and Estonia. His main interests are to create engaging multi-sensorial experiences and to enable audiovisual creativity. He has participated in several exhibitions, performances, conferences, publications and online projects in new media. His work has been showcased in more than 20 countries; in such festivals and venues as Electro-Mechanica (St. Petersburg), FILE (São Paulo), Le Cube (Paris), Mapping (Geneva), NAME (Lille), Optronica / British Film Institute (London), PixelAche / Kiasma (Helsinki), ISEA (Istanbul) and SXSW (Austin).

Krišjānis Rijnieks (LV) works in the field of New Media for about 6 years. He has background in Painting and experience with different kinds of New Media creation tools. For the last two years he has been working with Flash ActionScript and different projects that include Creative Coding (using openFrameworks, Arduino and projection mapping techniques). Currently Krisjanis is doing his MA in New Media at Media Lab Helsinki and is mainly interested in connecting generative graphics with projection mapping. He is also working on an introductory book about Creative Coding with Cinder.

Matti Niinimäki (FI) is a media artist who currently lives and works in Helsinki. Working mainly in the field of interactive art, he has been using Quartz Composer as his main tool for creative coding ever since it was released in 2005. He has also been performing as a VJ in various events in Finland and abroad for the past 6 years. Matti is finishing his MA studies in Aalto University, where he also teaches programming and physical computing.

Videos from the project Creative Coding for Live Visuals:
Creative Coding for Live Visuals
The Creative Coding for Live Visuals event has been developed at the Pixelache Helsinki platform by Irīna Špičaka and included to the Pixelversity 2013 programme.
The whole event has happened in co-operation with the AAVE festival and consisted of:
- 3 creative coding workshops: AVVX by Nuno Correia, Cinder by Krišjānis Rijnieks, Quartz Composer by Matti Niinimäki
- AV performances with participation of DKSTR & MÅNSTERI, Sander Mölder, Axel Thesleff & Video Jack, Baltic Diving Co.
- Audiovisual media installation Metasphere by Irīna Špičaka, Krišjānis Rijnieks and Platon Buravicky

Documentation by Jānis Rijnieks, editing by Krišjānis Rijnieks.