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September 2014 Meetup: Art, Gadgets, and Tech

At the Orlando Tech Week edition of Processing Orlando, artist and programmer Nathan Selikoff will demonstrate next-gen user interface devices like the Kinect, Leap Motion, and Myo and discuss the possibilities they open up for interactive art.

What: Processing Orlando Meetup: Art, Gadgets, and Tech
When: September 30, 2014 from 12pm – 1pm
Where: Church Street Exchange, 101 S Garland Ave, Orlando, FL. The event will either be in the lobby or inside Canvs, the new coworking space located inside the Church Street Exchange building.

Processing Orlando is excited to be part of Orlando Tech Week, a community-driven week of meetups, demos, speakers, parties, and more to showcase Orlando’s burgeoning startup and tech scene. This year’s inaugural Orlando Tech Week takes place from September 27th – October 3rd and will feature over a dozen events and activities. Make sure to check out the Orlando Tech Week website for more details!

Processing Orlando is an art & tech meetup that explores creative coding, generative design, data visualization and media art. We love sharing the power of programming with creative people from all disciplines – artists, musicians, performers, architects, scientists, designers, craftspeople, tinkerers, makers and hackers.

Photo courtesy Emily Jourdan.

February 2014 Meetup: César Munhoz

César Munhoz likes it now. Working with creative teams in Journalism and Advertising since 1999, he developed a narrative identity that is both didactic and chaotic, in sound, video and body. He did not come from Brazil looking for the malls, was an Orange County pedestrian resident during the year of 2013, and found a Masters Degree in Entertainment Business at Full Sail University. Tonight, he broadcasts, directly from the living room of his parents’ place a brand-new piece created exclusively for this meeting of Processing Orlando, something he describes as “a regular TV show, with ads and all, you know…”. You and me, here and now, César Munhoz and “Truth is rape if it ain’t consensual.”

What: Processing Orlando Meetup: César Munhoz
When: Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 from 7:00pm-9:00pm
Where: Envy Labs618 E South St, Suite 620, Orlando, FL 32801

This event is free and open to the public. Envy Labs is located in the GAI building on S Summerlin Ave and E South St in Orlando’s Thornton Park neighborhood. There is a free parking garage at the bottom of the building with plenty of spots. After you enter the building, take the elevator upstairs to Envy Labs.

If you know someone else that might be interested in this event, please help spread the word!

Videos from Art + Tech Showcase

We were able to record 3 out of 4 of last week’s presenters at our Art + Tech Showcase. Unfortunately, we didn’t capture the amazing performance of Cesar Munhoz, streamed live from Brazil over Skype. If you were there and happened to capture some of Cesar on your cell phone, please let us know!

Adam Lenz and Guil Strabeli:

David Thomas Moran:

Nathan Selikoff:

December 2013 Meetup: Art & Tech Showcase

Come to our December meetup for sneak peaks of new work, live demos, and behind the scenes insight by four artists experimenting at the intersection of art and technology!

Featuring:

César Munhoz

Adam Lenz

Adam Lenz is an instructor of Video Production and Game Design at the University of Central Florida’s School of Visual Arts and Design, where he teaches Processing as an introduction to coding. He is also one of two resident VJs for the Drum and Bass act, Torque, and for Bass Line Research.

Topic: SyKick and SyCatch is a VJ collaboration tool, created to allow VJs to work together whilst free-styling visualizations for musical accompaniment. It leverages the Syphon Framework, OSX’s internet sharing, and a single data cable to send video frames from one computer to another, allowing VJs to build a more in-depth visualization for the music.

David Thomas Moran

David Thomas Moran is a documentary photographer, game designer and digital media artist. The subject of much of his creative work currently is public, street life, pedestrianism, the mobility of individuals and communities and urban/suburban design in the Greater Orlando metropolitan region.

Topic: #DangerousbyDesign – Gaming Hostile Urban Landscapes Through Play: Smart Phone technology has created new opportunities for critical play in the 21st century transforming city streets into real-world game environments. Players can now interact with one another and their surroundings simultaneously online in the virtual world and offline in the physical, urban landscape. Such location-based gaming has the transformative potential to creatively and systemically engage players with the urban design of their communities. Urban, mobile games can serve as playful, community tools to collaboratively help identify existing design problems/structural barriers as well potential solutions to bring about needed changes. The Transit Interpretation Project (TrIP) and @DeadQuareWalking are two examples of conceptual urban, mobile games/ location-based games.

Nathan Selikoff is an award-winning artist and programmer based in Orlando, Florida. Recently, he was one of a small group of developers to launch apps for the new Leap Motion Controller, a futuristic 3-d motion control technology for computing. He is also the founder of Processing Orlando, a bi-monthly meetup for artists interested in using technology, and provides freelance graphics programming and technical direction services through his company, Digital Awakening Studios.

Topic: Nathan will be sharing a work in progress audio-visual sculpture that will hopefully be deployed on a Raspberry Pi using openFrameworks, an exciting combination that opens up the rPi’s powerful GPU to artists and designers through the popular creative coding C++ framework.

What: Processing Orlando Meetup: Art & Tech Showcase
When: Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 from 7:00pm-9:00pm
Where: Envy Labs618 E South St, Suite 620, Orlando, FL 32801

This event is free and open to the public. Envy Labs is located in the GAI building on S Summerlin Ave and E South St in Orlando’s Thornton Park neighborhood. There is a free parking garage at the bottom of the building with plenty of spots. After you enter the building, take the elevator upstairs to Envy Labs on the 6th floor.

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Processing Orlando Workshop at Orlando SIGGRAPH / smARtMAKER Lab

We are excited to be “guest teaching” at the next Orlando SIGGRAPH chapter meeting, which will be held at a new makerspace in Orlando, smARtMAKER Lab:

Processing is an open source creative coding programming language used by tens of thousands of students, artists, designers, researchers, and hobbyists for learning, prototyping, and production. The latest version was recently released, and at the December workshop for the Orlando SIGGRAPH chapter we’ll take a look at its capabilities first-hand.

The first hour will be a quick Intro to Creative Coding led by Nathan Selikoff, fine artist, programmer and founder of the Processing Orlando meetup.

More info and tickets (30 available): http://orlando.siggraph.org/2013/11/25/processing-orlando-workshop/

October 2013 Meetup: Music and Artificial Intelligence

Can we use computers to algorithmically help us compose music, or even teach them how to compose great music themselves? What kinds of techniques are useful in this pursuit? And what are the implications for musicians and music appreciators?

Our guest speaker for October, Amy K. Hoover, will be sharing her thoughts and experiences on these subjects and more. Amy is a Computer Science Ph.D candidate at UCF who co-developed a theory called functional scaffolding for musical composition which posits that:

  1. The patterns of pitches and durations in music can be represented as a function of time
  2. The parts in a musical piece are functionally related to each other

This theory is implemented in software she co-developed called MaestroGenesis [free software, Windows only]. MaestroGenesis allows you to generate accompaniment for existing MIDI compositions through a breeding process similar to animal breeding. The result is that amateur musicians and non-musicians can create accompaniment without any musical expertise.

Come to our next meeting to experience the art and science of algorithmic composition!

amy-hooverAmy K. Hoover is a Ph.D. candidate in computer science at the University of Central Florida who has been working at the intersection of music and AI for the last seven years. Her research focuses on artifical intelligence in a musical domain encompassing topics in computational creativity, computer-generated music, music cognition, NeuroEvolution of Augmenting Topologies (NEAT), HyperNEAT, and Compositional Pattern Producing Networks (CPPNs). She is also a member of the the Evolutionary Complexity (EPlex) Research Group at UCF.

What: Processing Orlando Meetup: Music and Artificial Intelligence
When: Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 from 7:00pm-9:00pm
Where: Envy Labs618 E South St, Suite 620, Orlando, FL 32801

This event is free and open to the public. Envy Labs is located in the GAI building on S Summerlin Ave and E South St in Orlando’s Thornton Park neighborhood. There is a free parking garage at the bottom of the building with plenty of spots. After you enter the building, take the elevator upstairs to Envy Labs.

If you know someone else that might be interested in this event, please help spread the word!

Meetup: How to VJ with Quartz Composer

Update: Here’s an HD recording of the meetup. Follow along by downloading Sergio’s files (.zip).

Ever wonder how VJs (video jockeys) put together movie clips, images, and special effects that react to the music and enhance your experience of the concert, music festival or club? Want to learn the basics? Join us for our next Processing Orlando meetup, where Sergio Mora will be demonstrating how to put together a basic VJ rig using Quartz Composer. In other words: come learn how to be a VJ 🙂

Quartz Composer is a node-based visual programming tool freely available from Apple for computers running OS X. If you want to follow along with Sergio, bring a Mac laptop with Quartz Composer installed (watch this video for instructions on how to download and install it, and contact us if you have any trouble).

Are you a Windows or Linux user? Check out vvvv or Pure Data (Pd), which are similar to Quartz Composer. The concepts should be similar enough to translate to your environment.

sergio-headshotSergio Mora is a network analyst and self-taught digital artist. He has been making video art since 2003, and has worked with DJs and musicians, providing live visuals for performances. His video installation We Live in You has appeared as a part of the RS21 collective’s exhibitions at the Maitland Art Center and at the Orlando Museum of Art’s First Thursday event, and won Best in Show at Platform Florida’s March 2009 Eco-Vision event. He currently VJs for The Video Department, a semi-regular event at Stardust Coffee and Film.

What: Processing Orlando Meetup: How to VJ with Quartz Composer
Who: Anyone interested in learning how to VJ. Basic skill level with computers assumed, though you don’t have to have experience with Quartz Composer or programming.
When: Monday, August 26th, 2013 from 5:30pm-7:30pm
Where: CoLab of Orlando, 9th Floor, 37 North Orange Avenue, Suite 910, Orlando, Florida 32801
How: This event is free and open to the public. CoLab Orlando is located in the New Angebilt Building on Orange Avenue and Wall Street in Orlando’s central business district. Click here for parking information. After you enter the building, take the elevator up to the 9th floor lounge / coworking area (note that CoLab has multiple floors; we’ll be on the 9th). The doors to the New Angebilt close at 6pm, so make sure to be there on time!

If you know someone else that might be interested in this event, please help spread the word!

SIGGRAPH Summer Social

Here’s an event that Processing Orlando folks might be interested in:

Love computer graphics, drinks, and desserts? Join us on Friday, Aug.16th, for our SIGGRAPH Summer Social. Just love desserts? You’re still welcome, a love of sweetness is meant to be shared.

If you’re feeling extra social, ask about our open Orlando ACM SIGGRAPH board positions. We would love to have you on board!

6:30pm-8:30pm @ Urban ReThink (www.urbanrethink.com)

Brought to you by Orlando ACM SIGGRAPH
orlando.siggraph.org

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Meetup: Intro to Creative Coding at Urban ReThink

Processing is an open source creative coding programming language used by tens of thousands of students, artists, designers, researchers, and hobbyists for learning, prototyping, and production. The latest version was recently released, and at the second meetup of Processing Orlando we’ll take a look at its capabilities first-hand.

The first hour will be a quick Intro to Creative Coding led by Nathan Selikoff. Bring your laptops loaded up with Processing 2.0 (go to http://processing.org, click “Download Processing” and follow the instructions to install the application). Don’t worry if you’ve never used Processing before, or never programmed before – this intro will be suitable for beginners. And if you are already a Processing ninja, please come too and help out those who are new!

The second hour will be laid back and open. You can continue to hack on what we started the first hour, show off something you’ve been working on, or just hang out and get to know each other.

If you know someone else that might be interested in this event, please help spread the word!

What: Meetup (first hour Intro to Creative Coding, second hour hang out)
Who: Anyone interested in getting started with creative coding using Processing.
When: Monday, June 24th, 2013 from 7pm-9pm
Where: Urban ReThink, 625 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL, 32801
How: There is a suggested $5 donation that goes directly to Urban ReThink, who is hosting and supporting this event. Bring a laptop with Processing 2.0 installed if you want to directly participate during the first hour.

Raspberry Pi Jam at Full Sail

Last week we had a great turnout for our first meeting, where we watched the first “Hello World” documentary on Processing and hung out at FamiLAB’s open house. Since Processing Orlando is brand new and there are other folks in Central Florida who would like to see the documentary, we’re going to bring it around to a few other meetups in town, in between now and our next “official” meeting.

Mac Rutan and the Central Florida Raspberry Pi Users Group have invited us to show the documentary, promote the Processing Orlando group, and hang out and experiment with various languages on the Raspberry Pi (Pure Data, perhaps Processing, etc) this Friday at Urban ReThink change of venue: Full Sail University Building 3B Auditorium.

Check out the details, including directions, and come join us if you can.

Meanwhile, stay tuned for our next monthly meeting, sign up for our mailing list, and spread the word to friends and colleagues who might be interested in Processing Orlando!