VVVV is a powerful toolkit of media technologies, hosting a glut of built in functionality, tools and examples. Using a real-time interface you can create generative, aesthetic and functional systems without using code, but also without constraints. It can interface with almost anything you want, it can generate almost anything you want. There aren't any other media toolkits that can perform so much 'out of the box', having you projecting Kinect tracked video onto buildings or controlling robot arms from Twitter in days rather than weeks.

The true power of the tool lies within the elegance within which it makes its features available. In the opinion of this author, it can usurp all other platforms in terms of development speed, power and flexibility.

What you need to be familiar with:

You should be proficient with computers (know how to operate, set up, fix your mum's).
Any experience with coding or visual based development environments will come in super useful (Flash/ActionScript, Javascript, C/++, C#, Visual Basic, Objective-C, Python, Arduino, Max/MSP, etc) but is not necessary.

The main thing you need is a desire to create a project using this tool. As with all forms of technical learning, having an idea of what you want to create makes your brain start working on how to realise your idea. When your brain is in this state, it is much easier to identify a purpose for everything that you learn, which makes the learning process work. Without the passion to use the tool, it becomes impossible to absorb the new technical paradigms involved.

About the course leader:

Elliot Woods is half of Koreo-Brittanic interaction design studio Kimchi and Chips, with works featured in Wired, Engadget and the BBC. He is a protagonist of the international projection mapping scene, creating tools and techniques that have been employed in niche experimental art projects and multi-million dollar marketing campaigns. Elliot has taught professionals, students and school children the techniques and arts of projection mapping. At NODE 10 (VVVV’s own forum of the digital arts) he gave a full-time course on projection mapping for professional uses.

Company/Organization: Manchester Digital Laboratory
MadLab, 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN
United Kingdom Saturday, June 08, 2013 thru Sunday, June 09, 2013
10:00am - 5:30pm