Creative Code Workshop 2: PureData

Creative Code Workshops

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Over the past several decades of advancement in computer technology, a fledgling movement of computational and digital media art has emerged. Initially the province of a handful techno-savvy pioneers, today there is a wide range of tools and resources available to artists and designers, drastically lowering the barrier of entry for anyone interested in computer art. This series of Creative Code Workshops explores the sometimes-nebulous territory of Code-As-Art, bringing creatives and technologists together to make interesting, complex work.

In our second workshop, we will explore PureData, an open-source development tool for interactive computer music and multimedia authoring. Pd’s dataflow programming paradigm and visual development environment bridges the gap between programmers, musicians, and audio producers. This hands-on workshop provides a solid introduction to the software and examples of what’s capable with this technology.

Where: Pumping Station: One. 3354 N. Elston, Chicago, IL.

When: Saturday, October 16th, 2010, 3pm.

Cost: FREE

Accessibility: Open to the public.

Pre-requisites: No previous programming experience required.

About the presenter:
James Patrick Gordon is an emerging digital media artist based in Chicago. His work covers a range of topics in digital and computational media, including responsive environments, augmented reality performance, virtual worlds, interactive narrative, sacred computing, the cultural and social ramifications of information networking, and the convergence of art and social justice.
You can find him on the web at:, or email him at:

About Pumping Station: One:
Pumping Station: One is Chicago’s premiere hackerspace and community workshop. Its mission is to foster a collaborative environment wherein people can explore and create intersections between technology, science, art, and culture. Hackers, makers, artists, developers, scientists, and craftsmen come together in a collaborative environment that inspires members to tinker, create, and build.
More info can be found at:, or email them at:

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