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JULY 2019

Title: INTRO TO GENERATIVE VISUALS - TOUCHDESIGNER
Instructor: Quentin Bleton
Dates: July 13 & 14, 2019 10am - 5pm
Location: SAT Campus | 1201, Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal (Québec) H2X 2S6 Canada
Training type: Hands-on workshop
Experience Level: Beginner
Registration deadline: July 5, 2019
Cost: Standard rate $245 | Artist or Student rate $210
Focus: This intensive 12 hour introduction workshop introduces participants to the creation of interactive visuals with TouchDesigner. This Canadian software is internationally known as a reference when producing high level interactive visuals and has been adopted as much by artists than by creators for large scale commercial projects such as the set of Gravity or the set of an interactive Yves Saint Laurent fashion show.

Participants will learn the software’s interface, discover its different tools, how to use video, images and 3D geometry, how to use mathematics, and will touch on the integration of interactive control interfaces, all through various practical exercises and small projects.

A follow-up intermediate course is also offered.

Objectives and Course Content:

  • Learn the user interface ;
  • Discover the family of operators (TOP, CHOP, SOP, DAT, COMP) ;
  • Use video, images and 3D geometry ;
  • Use mathematics ;
  • Learn how to integrate interactive control interfaces such as Kinect (camera), Leap Motion (hand movement) or other types of controllers ;
  • Use OSC, MIDI or ArtNet to connect to other software and external control interfaces ;
  • Discover examples of creative productions using the software ;
  • Learn through exercises and small projects.

About the Instructor:

Quentin Bleton is a solutions architect at Moment Factory, and responsible of the different research and development projects, as well as of the development of the X-Agora platform. After working as main programmer on the Nine Inch Nails - Lights In The Sky project, and the Sagrada Familia show, notably, he developed an expertise in the field of 3D programing and video mapping.

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Title: WHY THE BAUHAUS WOULD HAVE LOVED TOUCHDESIGNER
Instructor: Stefan Kraus aka MXZEHN (DE)
Dates: July 15 -16, 2019 |09:45 - 18:15
Location: MXZEHN Wipperstrasse 13 12055 Berlin
Experience Level: Beginner
Cost: €238.00 incl. 19% VAT
Focus: In this 2-day workshop – held in English - media artist Stefan Kraus will introduce participants to the powerful visual development platform and present best practices for its use it in media installations, video projections and live performances.
The course is inspired by the Bauhaus centenary and interweaves an introduction to the iconic design school with hands-on exercises in the software that opens up interactive programming to artists and designers from the most diverse backgrounds.

In this workshop you will understand:

  1. How to get started with Touchdesigner
  2. How to create and render interactive and audioreactive 3D animations
  3. Projection mapping with Kantan Mapper and CamSchnappr
  4. Synchronised video on multiple screens / projectors
  5. How to control lights and LEDs through Artnet and DMX
  6. How to perform your AV creations through MIDI and OSC
  7. How to create custom interfaces
  8. Why the BAUHAUS would have loved Touchdesigner

Instructor: Dipl.-Ing. Stefan Kraus / MXZEHN
The work of Berlin-based VJ artist and director explores the fusion of media, space and performance. Emerging out of East Germany’s vivid electronic music scene, his work soon moved beyond the experimental club environment and into the world of art exhibitions, media festivals and theater performances across Europe. Parallel to his artistic career Stefan has been teaching interaction design at the Bauhaus-University in Weimar where he co-founded the Genius Loci Weimar festival, an annual competition for architectural projection mapping. Today Stefan is more than ever driven by the idea of the “Gesamtkunstwerk” – an artistic vision that completely immerses the audience.
http://www.mxzehn.de

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Title: INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA ART AND DESIGN
Instructor: Stefan Kraus aka MXZEHN (DE)
Dates: July 17 2019
Location: TISH GmbH Türkenstr. 37 80799 Munich, Germany
Experience Level: Beginner
Cost: €119.00 incl. 19% VAT
Focus: In this 1-day workshop – held in English - media artist Stefan Kraus will introduce participants to the powerful visual development platform Touchdesigner and present best practices for its use it in media installations, video projections and live performances.
In this workshop you will understand:

1. How to get started with Touchdesigner
2. How to create and render interactive and audioreactive 3D animations
3. Synchronised video on multiple screens / projectors
4. How to perform your AV creations through MIDI and OSC
5. How to create custom interfaces

Instructor : Dipl.-Ing. Stefan Kraus / MXZEHN
The work of Berlin-based VJ artist and director explores the fusion of media, space and performance. Emerging out of East Germany’s vivid electronic music scene, his work soon moved beyond the experimental club environment and into the world of art exhibitions, media festivals and theater performances across Europe. Parallel to his artistic career Stefan has been teaching interaction design at the Bauhaus-University in Weimar where he co-founded the Genius Loci Weimar festival, an annual competition for architectural projection mapping. Today Stefan is more than ever driven by the idea of the “Gesamtkunstwerk” – an artistic vision that completely immerses the audience. http://www.mxzehn.de

Hosted by:
Studio TISH (Technology, Imagination, Spaces + Humans) is an experiential design and art collective established by Yves Peitzner and Jelena Gregov. Their work is driven by the idea that, amazing technology notwithstanding, our essential humanity should be at the center of everything we do. Passionate about finding new ways to connect objects, spaces and humans, they create immersive and interactive installations for clients like Instagram, Hyatt Hotels and Haus der Kunst.
https://maketish.com

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Title: PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES AND STAYING IN CONTROL
Instructor: Markus Heckmann Derivative (CA) Stefan Kraus aka MXZEHN (DE)
Dates: July 18 2019
Location: TISH GmbH Türkenstr. 37 80799 Munich, Germany
Experience Level: Advanced
Cost: €119.00 incl. 19% VAT
Focus: In this 1-day English language advanced workshop, the Technical Director of Derivative – Markus Heckmann - author of essential TOXes like camSchnappr, Kantan Mapper and 3D Scope will give an overview over new features and how to make the most out of them. Together with Videodesigner Wieland Hilker (aka Jonas Schmitt), Markus will discuss individual problems and solutions the participants bring to the table and give insight in best practices and efficient workflows from around the industry.

In this workshop we will discuss:

  1. System architecture best practices
  2. How to get the most out of Python through extensions and libraries
  3. Custom Parameters, Binding, Parent/Global Shortcuts
  4. Replicators, Cloning and mastering the timerCHOP
  5. Importing 3D assets, light and render them with PBR Materials
  6. How to make the most out of the new Physics
  7. How to harvest data from APIs
  8. How Quad Reprojection will make your life easier
  9. Propose topics that you are interested in / have problems with
    and we will deal with them in the workshop!

Instructors:
Markus Heckmann, Technical Director / Derivative
Toronto-based visual artist Markus Heckman, oversees operations at Derivative – the makers of
TouchDesigner. His Wüstenarchitekten live video project has provided a creative outlet for his
layered, geometric abstractions and installation work. His non-narrative visual experiments explore the spatial quality of music and provide visual stimuli alongside artists such as Carsten Nicolai and some key names on the Raster-Noton roster. https://wuestenarchitekten.com

Dipl.-Ing. Stefan Kraus, Interaction Designer / MXZEHN
The work of Berlin-based VJ artist and director explores the fusion of media, space and
performance. Stefan has been teaching interaction design at the Bauhaus-University in Weimar
where he co-founded the Genius Loci Weimar festival. Today Stefan is more than ever driven by
the idea of the “Gesamtkunstwerk” – an artistic vision that completely immerses the audience.
http://www.mxzehn.de

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Title: PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES AND STAYING IN CONTROL
Instructor: Markus Heckmann Derivative (CA) Wieland Hilker (DE)
Dates: July 19 2019
Location: MXZEHN Wipperstrasse 13 12055 Berlin
Experience Level: Advanced
Cost: €119.00 incl. 19% VAT
Focus: In this 1-day English language workshop, the Technical Director of Derivative – Markus Heckmann - author of essential TOXes like camSchnappr, Kantan Mapper and 3D Scope will give an overview over new features and how to make the most out of them. Together with Interaction Designer Stefan Kraus, Markus will explore individual problems and solutions the participants bring to the workshop and give insight in best practices and successful workflows from around the industry.

In this workshop we will discuss:
1. How to get the most out of Python through extensions and libraries
2. How to make the most out of Physics
3. How to make the most out of NVIDIA Flow
4. System architecture best practices
5. Advanced LED Mapping
6. Propose topics that you are interested in / have problems with and we will deal with them in the workshop!

Instructors:
Markus Heckmann, Technical Director / Derivative
Toronto-based visual artist Markus Heckman, oversees operations at Derivative – the makers of
TouchDesigner. His Wüstenarchitekten live video project has provided a creative outlet for his
layered, geometric abstractions and installation work. His non-narrative visual experiments explore the spatial quality of music and provide visual stimuli alongside artists such as Carsten Nicolai and some key names on the Raster-Noton roster. https://wuestenarchitekten.com

Wieland Hilker, Artistic Engineering / Alphamoonbase
Berlin-based video designer and creative coder Wieland Hilker (aka Jonas Schmitt)
creates interactive scenographies and custom performance tools for theater, events and concerts.
https://alphamoonbase.de

Hosted by
Studio TISH (Technology, Imagination, Spaces and Humans) is an experiential design and art
collective established by Yves Peitzner and Jelena Gregov. Driven by the idea that, amazing
technology notwithstanding, our essential humanity should be at the center of everything we do,
they find new ways to connect technology, spaces and humans for clients like Instagram, BMW
und Haus der Kunst. https://maketish.com

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AUGUST 2019

Title: TOUCHDESIGNER INTERMEDIATE WORKSHOP: SHADERS, OPTIMIZATION & INTERACTION
Date: August 3 & 4, 2019, 10 AM to 5 PM
Location: SAT Campus | 1201, Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal (Québec) H2X 2S6 Canada
Language of instruction: English (The instructor is bilingual and can answer questions asked in French.)
Instructor: Quentin Bleton
Training type: Hands-on workshop
Experience Level: Intermediate
Registration deadline: July 26, 2018
Cost: Standard rate: $245.00 | Artist or Student rate $210.00
Focus: In this intensive 12 hour intermediate workshop over one weekend, participants will start playing with different types of shaders (pixel, vertex, and, to a lesser extent, geometry) in order to understand and use several techniques, will learn how to optimize their work and will acquire the necessary skills for working with Kinect depth data.

TouchDesigner is internationally known as a tool of choice when producing high level interactive visual experiences, and this workshop will start delving into the skills crucial in that context.


WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES & COURSE CONTENT

  • Learn to configure a developer environment ;
  • Learn how to use pixel shaders : general principles, GLSL, texture and samplers, generative design, blend modes, fractals, simulation, and more ;
  • Learn how to use vertex shaders : tessellation, rasterization, applied mathematics for 3D, 3D reflections/refractions, texture baking, instancing, and more ;
  • Use mathematics ;
  • Discover geometry shaders and how they can be used for visualizing Kinect point cloud data in 3D ;
  • Learn how to implement a Game of Life project using pixel shaders ;
  • Learn how to create a generative landscape with vertex shaders ;
  • Learn how to record and playback Kinect data and change the visuals of point cloud data ;
  • Get a preview of advanced TouchDesigner tools and particules.

About the Instructor:

Quentin Bleton is a solutions architect at Moment Factory, and responsible of the different research and development projects, as well as of the development of the X-Agora platform. After working as main programmer on the Nine Inch Nails - Lights In The Sky project, and the Sagrada Familia show, notably, he developed an expertise in the field of 3D programing and video mapping

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Title: TOUCHDESIGNER SUMMIT 2019 MONTREAL
Instructors: 45 Instructors from the community
Dates: August 17 - 19, 2019
Location:Coeur des Sciences / UQAM campus, Montréal
Experience Level: Beginner | Intermediate | Advanced
Cost: Regular $400 Student $275
Focus: With 350 participants, 69 presenters, 45 workshops, 21 talks and a night-time social/program, the 3-day Summit is an intensive forum and stimulating meeting ground for the TouchDesigner community to share knowledge and experiences, learn new skills, connect in person with your favourite TD mentors and peeps and make a lot of new friends and collaborators.

Workshops:

• 3D Projection Mapping Workflow
• A Collaborative Rube Goldberg Machine
• Adding Human Input: 3D Scenes in TouchDesigner
• Advanced Techniques in Media Management, Sequencing and Playback
• Animation (skeletal) Rigs in TouchDesigner
• Audio Visualization and UI Implementation Using 3D Data
• Audiovisual Art with Bullet and Ableton
• Build Your Own Analog Style Modular Video Synth'
• CMS for Permanent Installations
• Complex Systems For Simple Minds
• Creating Generative Visuals with Complex Systems
• Delicious Dome Mapping
• Design Thinking Workshop: Global Mobility of Artists at Digital Art Field
• External Python Libraries
• Fast Track for 3D and VFX Artists
• Generative Interfaces with Widgets
• GLSL 101
• GLSL 102
• GLSL in TouchDesigner
• GPU Implementation of SOP to TOP
• How the Bauhaus Would Have Loved TouchDesigner
• How to create kickass generative stuff and not to die
• Interfaces for Live Performance
• Introduction to Custom Chop C++
• Key Concepts for Dynamic Content Creation in TouchDesigner
• Know Your Roots: Houdini to TouchDesigner Workflows
• Large Scale System Architecture Workflows in TouchDesigner
• Lasers! More Pew Pew, Less Confusion
• Live Performance with TouchDesigner
• Livecoding TouchDesigner
• Modular Architectures
• Modular Architectures
• Multi GPU System Design
• Photogrammetric Point Clouds
• Pixel Mapping and Performing with LEDs
• Rock Your Visuals
• Sensors & TouchDesigner
• SOP on GPU v 2.0
• Spatial Information: Geographic Data Visualization
• System Design for Large Scale Installations
• Tape Mapping with TouchDesigner
• TDNeuron - A Gradient Descent Into Madness
• TouchDesigner 101
• TouchDesigner Electronic Music Studio
• TouchDesigner in the Stage Performance Field
• Using the LookingGlass Holographic Display with TD
• Vive Tracking Projection Mapping

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