OpenCV Workshop at Baltan Laboratories – Call for Participation

Wednesday, September 2, 2009 17:05

logo_baltan_laboratoriesBALTAN Laboratories is a two-year pilot initiative in the SWA building in Strijp-S in Eindhoven that initiates, supports and disseminates innovative research and development activities in the field of art, technology and culture.

OpenCV Workshop at Baltan Laboratories

Computer Vision is currently acquiring a growing relevance in the field of interactive arts. From Myron Krueger’s pioneering artwork in the 1970s to the present day, many artists have used Computer Vision techniques in their works, extending its field of traditional applications (medical, military, industrial, etc.) to interactive artistic practices. It might be visible in an interactive installation or hidden/embedded when used, for example, in gesture-driven musical instruments.

Workshop leaders:
Lluis Gómez I Bigórda,, Barcelona
Yves Degoyon,, Barcelona

In collaboration with Piksel (Norway)

Participants: 16 (maximum)
Fee: 75 Euro

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce some computer vision techniques that form the basis of the actual OpenCV library for Pure Data; a set of objects, utilities and examples to use those techniques in an Open Source / FLOSS environment for one of the very first times. At the same time we will introduce some practical examples of possible use cases of this technology, working on thematic research in the different domains of application: Interactive Installation, Augmented Reality, Learning Interfaces, Interactive Instruments, etc. This list will be extended depending on the interest and focus of the participants.

This workshop forms part of a collaboration between BALTAN Laboratories and Piksel. As part of BALTAN’s Blueprint research programme investigating the roles and forms of the art and technology laboratory of the future, BALTAN and Piksel are collaborating to explore the relationship between hard and software developers working on free and open source tools for artistic production, and the artistic use and development of these tools in a laboratory setting. The workshop is both open to the public as well as part of a collaborative research residency (for which we now have an open call).

Participation in the workshop is flexible. Days 1-4 involve acquiring basic knowledge and set the groundwork for working further with the technology. Days 5-7 will be dedicated to group work on specific projects. All participants are required to join the workshop on days 1 and 2 for the basic theory and practice. Attendance for the remaining days of the workshop is flexible but participants are asked to indicate when registering what days they will definitely be present.

To register: please send an email with your bio, technical experience and a short motivation indicating why you would like to join the workshop to angela[AT] Please also be sure to indicate the days you intend to be present during the workshop week.

Note: Participants are asked to bring their own machine and video devices. All machines will be configured so that participants will be able to keep working on their project after the end of the workshop.

Baltan Laboratories will configure the machines as needed by OpenCV :
ppc mac-intoshes : apple’s osx with gem
intel mac-intoshes : apple’s osx with gem
or ubuntu with pdp/pidip and gem
pc’s : ubuntu with pdp/pidip and gem

Location: BALTAN Laboratories
Glaslaan 2, SWA 8
The Netherlands

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