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SS24 – TD – CM – Content Creation for an immersive Audiovisual Show

In English Language

01 / May 31st / 6-9 pm / Online via Zoom
02 / June 7th / 6-9 pm / Online via Zoom
03 / June 14th / 6-9 pm / Online via Zoom
XX / June 21st / Break
04 / June 28th / 6-9 pm / Online via Zoom
05 / July 5th / 6-9 pm / Online via Zoom
06 / July 12th / 6-9 pm / Online via Zoom

07 / September 5th (TBC) / On location at Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig :
Presentation and TD Meetup

The first six sessons will be recorded and become available online the day after the live lesson.
However, a big part of this course will be live consultations on the participants design, which naturally work only in a realtime communication situation.

Content Creation for Immersive Art Spaces

Immersive art spaces have been sprouting across the globe, establishing themselves as a novel platform for audiovisual media art. They have garnered immense popularity among diverse audiences, promising a fresh media encounter inspired by virtual worlds, projection mapping, and the iconic StarTrek holodeck. The spectrum ranges from innovative projects (such as https://www.artechouse.com) spotlighting contemporary media art to hommages to artists long departed (a quick search of the multitude of immersive Van Gogh experiences illustrates this phenomenon). Many believe that the current juncture is pivotal for demonstrating the artistic value of this medium, transcending the mere exploitation for tourist attractions.

https://www.kunstkraftwerk-leipzig.com/de/ausstellungen/klimtgoldexperience/ausstellung

Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig stands as a pioneer in Germany, repurposing an old industrial monument for this innovative format and is featuring changing immersivve exhibitions as well as immersive DJ/VJ nights.

As part of the collaboration between Kunstkraftwerk and The NODE Institute, we present a course helmed by seasoned Experience Designer Stefan Kraus (MXZEHN). This course not only offers participants the chance to delve into content creation for immersive spaces but also invites them to craft a short piece for the Maschinenhalle at KKW in Leipzig. This piece can be experienced in the Kunstkraftwerk during a dedicated event in Sptember 2024 in Leipzig, Germany.

To make the trip even more worthwhile for participants form abroad, we will further host a TouchDesigner Meetup on the same day.

About the Course

In this course, our focus will be on exploring ideas and techniques for creating captivating and distinctive content tailored for immersive spaces. A significant challenge, akin to projection mapping, lies in understanding how the space and visual content synergize during production. To address this, we will employ a 3D scanned model of the Maschinenhalle at Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig to construct a real-time simulation in TouchDesigner. We will learn to preview our work, generate walkthroughs, and explore alternative methods of experiencing our animations before physically entering the actual venue.

With the simulation in place, we will delve into various content creation approaches. These range from generative, audio-driven content in TouchDesigner to pre-rendered 2D and 3D animations from software like After Effects, Cinema4D, Blender, or any tool participants are comfortable with. We will also talk about how a good sound design can alter the experience of the viewers and how we could leverage TouchDesigner to spatialise sound to help immersion.

Irrespective of your creative vision, we will guide you in refining it from concept to execution, drawing on two decades of experience in professional design education.

While the course is designed with the assumption that participants already possess a foundational understanding of TouchDesigner, it’s important to note that the creative process of content production transcends the boundaries of any single tool. Under the expert guidance of Stefan Kraus, attendees will embark on a journey to create a concise audiovisual composition through a series of iterative steps. The ultimate showcase will feature input and critique from Kunstkraftwerk staff, who continuously seek out promising new talent.

What if you can not attend the Screening in Leipzig, Germany?

We are aware that most participants do not live in Germany, and some of you may not be able to attend the Screening in person. For those participants, we will document their showcase in 360° video.
We will also encourage other participants to shoot pictures and videos, so remote participants can get a multifaceted impression of how the content felt “in real life” and use the material for their portfolios.

Requirement

This module is made for participants, who have a basic understanding of TouchDesigner, but do not need any experience with shader languages. If you just getting started, please visit our Beginners Course first.
It is further recommended to familiarize yourself with the free 3D software Blender and have at least a demo version of Adobe After Effects and Photoshop (or similar) at hands.

  • A recent PC or MAC Computer (discrete GPU recommended) with stable internet connection
  • The latest build of TouchDesigner installed
  • Zoom Client installed (please test your audio setup beforehand), wired internet is recommended
  • 3-Button Mouse recommended

PARTICIPANTS WORK OF LAST YEARS COURSE

Above are a few examples of results from last years participants. Work by Nicola Carpeggiani, Benjamin Sugar, Guillaume Milochau, Francesco Della Toffola, Lorenzo Minneci, Nicolas Landrieux and Giulia Sirianni. Pictures by Benjamin Sugar and Stefan Kraus.

About the Instructor

http://www.mxzehn.de

The Berlin based media artist and educator, Stefan Kraus, is co-founder of the creative coding education hub, The NODE Institute, the projection mapping festival, Genius Loci Weimar, and the media art studio, MXZEHN. Trained as an architect, Stefan explores the augmentation of physical structures using interactive and generative media and the narrative potential of abstract imagery. He holds a special interest in the art of live visual improvisation and creates augmented scenographies for theater, dance and music performances. After teaching Interaction Design at Bauhaus-University Weimar for over two decades, Stefan now enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience with the creative coding community. His studio produces interactive installations, live media performances and augmented reality applications for commercial clients, festivals, institutions and exhibitions.

Flexible Prices

As with all our courses, we offer three pricing categories to accommodate the different economic value this course can have to different participants. Be fair and respect our work and the instructors by doing the right thing! Assess your situation and choose which ticket is right for you.

– Student & Hobbyist
You are currently studying or want to learn TouchDesigner for personal reasons that are not related to your source of income.

– Professional
You are working professionally as a self employed or freelancing person and want to learn TouchDesigner to advance your career and win new customers by expanding your skills.
Maybe you work as an employee in another field, but want to qualify yourself for new challenges, yet your company is not supporting you on this path.

 Company
You are employed with or are running a company that will leverage the new skills acquired in their work with clients. You want to further qualify your employees and support them on their learning path.

Pricing

Professional – 7 Modules at 120 EUR each = 840 EUR / BUY NOW!
and claim a $200 discount on your first TouchDesigner license here

Company – 7 Modules at 180 EUR each = 1260 EUR / BUY NOW!
and claim a $200 discount on your first TouchDesigner license here