Composing and Performing Live Visuals with Isadora

April 21st, 2012 10:00 am until April 22nd, 2012
STEIM, Achtergracht 19, Amsterdam STEIM, Achtergracht 19, Amsterdam

Two-day introductory workshop on programming live visuals with an emphasis on VJ/DJ style performance

This workshop is an introduction to graphical programming. Create a personalized interface for VJ/DJ style live performance of video and sound. Learn how to compose visuals and control, manipulate and perform your media in real-time. We will also cover how to interface your setups to MIDI devices and handheld controllers for live performance purposes.
Isadora is graphical programming software, similar to Max/Msp & PureData, that can be used in a multitude of different ways, including live control of video, sound, lighting, mechanical objects, video tracking & monitoring of environments.
Workshop participants receive temporary full software licences. Please bring your own laptops. Mac and PC users welcome.

Date: 21-22 April, 2012
10:00 – 18:00 each day
Cost: €90 (payment can be made by credit card or PayPal online, or in cash upon arrival)
Location: STEIM, Achtergracht 19, 1017WL Amsterdam
Maximum number of participants: 15

Registration is required for this event and can only be done through a form.

If you’re attending this workshop you might also be interested in the Drive-By workshop on using Isadora for video tracking on the evening of April 23.


Please bring your own laptops*, either Mac or PC (Isadora will run on both). Familiarity with your computer’s operating system and basic experience with preparing video & audio files is recommended but no prior experience with using Isadora is needed. You will receive temporary full software licenses as part of the workshop.

Participants will also need to prepare some video and audio clips to bring to the workshop. If you own a MIDI controller, iOS device or Wii remote, you will be able to set them up as performance instruments within your Isadora design.

*STEIM has a limited number of computers available for those who do not have their own machines. If you would like us to provide you with a STEIM computer please let us know well in advance.



Jamie Griffiths is an interdisciplinary artist working with lens-based mediums, live performance improvisation, interactive medias and softwares. Jamie designs unique tools such as her ‘videmote’ spotlight, her pseudo-robot called I.V.Y., 3D video installations and a wireless performance instrument called I.T.

Her early portraits in outsider cultures of the 1990’s morphed into experiments with therapeutic photography, collaborating with friends living with trauma, such as hermaphrodism & AIDS, as well as self portraits exploring metaphysics. Jamie is currently collaborating with Diego Samper on a new film & performance work in the Colombian Amazon, for exhibition in London, Vancouver & Berlin.

Jamie has been a visiting resident artist at STEIM since 2007 and is currently building a new wireless performance instrument with STEIM’s hardware/software support & encouragement.  Jamie is a researcher in projection technology & adjunct professor in Film & Theatre at the University of British Columbia, teaches conceptual photography at Langara College in Vancouver, BC and delivers workshops internationally on art and interactive technology, including the STEIM Foundation & Rietveld Art Academie in Amsterdam, Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts & Technology (Canada) & [ s p a c e ] in London (UK).