Intro to Pure Data: A Visual Programming Language

Starts: Tuesdays February 5 / february 12

7 – 10 P.M.

Instructor: Jim Ruxton

This workshop will give participants a general introduction to Pure Data, a free and open source visual programming language that can be used across Windows, Linux and Mac OSX platforms. It can be thought of as a “Swiss Army Knife” for manipulating media including video , audio and sensor based systems. The software can be used in developing real time interactive installations or applications. In this workshop we will cover the basics to get you going on using the program. We will learn how to program some basic patches, how to control images, video and sound as well as how to add “externals” which are software modules for extending the language. We’ll also learn how to control a remote program over a network. This workshop only requires that you have basic computer skills–we will be using computers on site that are preloaded with the necessary software.

Artist Bio: Jim Ruxton has a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ottawa. After working for a few years as a high frequency design engineer he began to pursue his interest in the arts by attending the Ontario College of Art and Design. Since then he has been working as an artist and engineer in installation, performance, theatre, dance and film and collaborated with many other artists throughout his career.  His company, Cinematronics, has helped numerous artists realize their technically ambitious projects. Jim uses electronics in multiple creative ways, whether it be in creating interactive systems , developing evocative lighting installations or robotic systems. He is the recipient of two Dora Mavor Moore Awards, was recently awarded a Chalmers Fellowship and has been the recipient of numerous arts grants. Jim is also a founder and former Director of Programs for Subtle Technologies, an organization that creates links between artists and scientists with events throughout the year and during its annual  festival in Toronto. He was an instructor of hybrid media at Ontario College of Art and Design for many years and founded the Toronto Art Science Salon with physicist Stephen Morris . Jim is also the inventor of ColorWave , a lighting technology that has revolutionized the decorative lighting industry . He has been granted numerous patents for this work.

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Tel: (905) 524-5084

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IMPORTANT: Fees must be paid in full upon registration. Centre[3] reserves the right to cancel courses 3 business days before the start date. Courses cancelled by Centre[3] will be refunded in full. Participants who withdraw 10 or more business days prior to first class will be issued a credit for the full amount of their registration. We are unable to provide refund/credit for withdrawal fewer than 10 business days prior to first class. No make-up classes/substitutions provided.

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