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Visual Programming for the Web with Cables.GL

17 Mar 2023 , 10:00 19:00 CET

In person workshop in English laguage at
The NODE Institute, Wipperstr. 13, 12055 Berlin, Germany

What is cables?

Cables is an online tool which works inside the browser which allows people to create interactive visual web content without having to type a line of code. Much like TouchDesigner and VVVV it leverages visual programming and modern GPUs to enable intuitive, yet powerful interactive audiovisual programming for artists and developers alike.

Cables provides you with many different operators such as mathematical functions, shapes and materials, which you connect to each other using virtual cables to create the scene you have in mind. Easily export your piece of work at any time as a video, embed it into your website or use it for any kind of creative installation. Use mobile devices, midi devices, game controllers, cameras, mouse, keyboard, VR and web technologies to create and share interactive content – all in one place – your browser.

Cables is being developed by undev, a Berlin based creative studio for interactive realtime graphics, data-visualizations and app development.
Cables is free to use and always will be.

Who is using cables?

  • digital artists – cables allows creators to make art with technology and data
  • motion designers – with a fully developed timeline everything can be animated with ease
  • web developers – anything made with cables can be exported and added to a webpage in seconds
  • students – wanting to learn digital arts and interactive media


Cables patches can be published, shared, copied and remixed by the entire community. This allows people to constantly learn new things from each other. Cables holds weekly meetups on their discord server and sometimes at The NODE Institute.

The workshop

This full day, in person workshop will get participants started with the software. Learn how to use visual programming to create interactive audiovisual animations. The course is addressing total beginners as well as developers and creatives that are already familiar with other creative coding environments.

Learn about projects that get the community excited and how they were done. Understand how to build your own projects with hands-on exercises and use the opportunity for assisted exploration towards the end of the day.

Get to know the instructors and the other participants during a group lunch (not included) and feel free to stay for a drink after the workshop.


No previous knowledge of Cables and programming is necessary.
You should have a fairly recent Mac, PC or Linux laptop computer with a 3- button mouse
to be able to take part in the exercises.

About the Instructors

Thomas (Tom) Kombüchen aka pandur is an autodidact programmer and visual artist. Having worked across the digital agency landscape for many years, he has extensive experience in digital product design and development. Tom has always been drawn to visual programming and real time animations. As an active member of the so-called demoscene, he has been developing animated realtime demonstrations as a hobby for more than 25 years. Spotting the potential of WebGL early on, Tom decided to build his very own visual programming engine. Today, ‘cables’ helps coders, designers and artists create interactive immersive experiences directly in the browser. He is the co-founder of ‘undev’, a development and design studio which uses cables for commercial client projects as well as digital art.

Stephan Maihöfer aka steam started web-development back in the mid-1990s, when everything was fresh and new. Ever since he continued working on web-projects. In the last 20 years Stephan worked on web-projects for companies spanning the gaming industry, tv-stations, city-portals, mobile-payment, recruiting-software and more, both as an employee and in freelance jobs. His interests draw him more to the backend side of what is cables. Stephan feels at home working with APIs, databases and larger data sets. His first contact to graphics programming happened via the so-called demoscene at Evoke 2003, and that fascination never went away. To bring visual programming to the web and make it easy for everyone (like him) he co-founded ‘undev’ with Thomas Kombüchen in 2010.


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The NODE Institute

Berlin, 12055 Germany
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