Friday and Saturday the roadtrip had the privilege of learningabout Processing from Christian Riekoff, a freelance computational designer. Based in Berlin, he works primarily on interactive installations, generative systems, and physical computing. I'd like to include a link to an absolutely incredible piece of his work that he showed us, but unfortunately it is so new there are not videos on-line yet, so I will try to describe it to illustrate what exactly it means to work on generative systems and physical computing. The piece consisted of many triangles cut out of a special lightweight material suspended by strings connected to motors in the ceiling. The triangles formed a membrane of sorts that moved in a synchronized fashion controlled a program Christian wrote in Processing. Light is then projected onto these moving triangles from above, with such precision so that the light covers the triangles exactly but doesn't hit the floor. [Video to follow eventually]. If that was too confusing or you'd just like to see more, you can find some of his other work here.
On Friday our workshop focused on simple photo manipulation to help us get the basics of programming down and the possibilities for animation and other creative programming. On Saturday, the first part of our workshop again focused on photo manipulation, but this time on more complex photo manipulation to make changes not easily possible in photoshop. Finally, for the second part of our processing workshop on Saturday, Christian showed us some other web resources for finding out more about Processing and other creative programming.
Find out more about Christian and see his work at his website here.
– Yoni Blumberg