Drive-By Workshop: Sensing Space – 3D vision with Isadora / Kinect

June 13th, 2013 7:00 pm 
STEIM Concert Space, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134 Amsterdam Show in Google map

A specialized evening workshop on 3D vision with Isadora, using the kinect camera to analyze and track objects in space for the purpose of creating interactive artworks.

NOTE: This workshop is for Mac users only. We will be making use of Core Video which is specific to the Mac Operating system.


Jamie kinect screenshot

This Drive-By workshop is a specific introduction to 3D computer vision using Isadora software, taught by artist/performer Jamie Griffiths. The workshop will cover how to connect Isadora, syphon video streaming, and the kinect camera, using the kineme plugin with Quartz Composer plugins.

Jamie will guide participants through the steps needed to get a first generation kinect camera depth-mapped image into Isadora as a live video input for tracking a moving object. The kinect camera uses structured infra red light to capture the three-dimensional distance of objects in front of the camera. This makes the work of separating and tracking moving objects much easier than with a standard camera.

Additionally, we will investigate the third party software, NiMate, which allows you track the skeleton movements of human bodies. We will discuss how to capture this data and how to send it into Isadora via OSC or MIDI.



Date: 13 June, 2013
Time: 19:00 – 23:00
Cost: €20 (payment must be made in cash on arrival)
Location: STEIM Concert Space, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134 Amsterdam
Maximum number of participants: 12

To register please send an email to with the subject “Drive-By Workshop”. Include your name and whether or not you are able to bring a kinect camera.

NOTE: This workshop is for Mac users only. We will be making use of Core Video which is specific to the Mac Operating system.


Workshop participants should have existing knowledge of the Isadora user interface. Please note that this workshop is not intended as an introduction to Isadora, and we will be moving quickly into the techniques of 3D vision and using the kinect.

We do not have kinect cameras for workshop participants to use, so please bring your own. Although preference will be given to participants bringing their own kinect cameras, a small number of participants without cameras will be able to join the workshop, in which case they will be able to work in pairs with those with cameras, in order to learn the techniques.


Isadora kinect screenshot