In this seminar, media experience designer Stefan Kraus (MXZEHN) give students an insight into visual programming with the creative coding environment TouchDesigner (derivative.ca).
Data is not only an important inspiration for design but emerges as a building material in the creation of interactive media and spaces. Data allows us to analyse and understand the complexity of the natural and social world in an unprecedented manner, revealing previously hidden relationships between them. Meanwhile, creative coding tools have further developed and design-friendly metaphors like visual programming open up new playgrounds for artists and designers beyond pure code.
The visual programming environment TouchDesigner offers a relatively simple, visual approach to the creation of data driven animations and environments. In this course, students will explore openly available datasets, learning how to extract and visualise relevant information as interactive media applications. Emphasis will lie on the idea that data unveils itself through critical and artistic interpretation, an outcome that is not inevitable but formed through the creative design process.
The course is held mostly online and in the English language.
We will meet in person (if possible) at the beginning, the middle and the end of the semester.