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Computer Vision ONLINE Summer Course at Harvestworks

  • Deadline:
    July 7, 2014, midnight
  • Location:
    Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, 596 Broadway #602 , New York City, New York, New York, 10012, US

This intensive three-week ONLINE course is an introduction to the use of computer vision for creating interactive art and installation with Processing. We will learn how to make custom software which tracks people, faces, moving bodies, colors, and objects, and use that data to control interactive content.

Location: This class is held online, you need to have internet connection to watch videos and engage in the forums. Shortly before the class starts you will get a link with further instructions how to take part in it.

In collaboration with Tenlegs, a network for artists to connect, collaborate, earn and learn, Harvestworks offers this class as part of it’s online TEAMLab class program. Online means that anyone – and in any timezone – can take it and make it work with your schedule. Initially and throughout the course you’ll have access to video lectures created specifically for this workshop, a series of hands-on challenges meant to give you experience building your own artworks, and live sessions to ask questions, get answers, and go deeper with the material.

The class will run three and a half weeks between Jul 7 and 30.
Video lectures will be released once a week, to be watched on the students own time. There are no mandatory days to be available, as long as you are able to keep up with the new material each week.

Computer vision refers to the ability of machines to infer contextual information from images and video.
Nothing seems to embody the classical good/evil dilemma of technology quite like computer vision does. It can be used for immensely good applications, like preventing distracted drivers from getting into car accidents, and it can be used with more ambiguous or sinister intentions, as in surveilling public spaces and compromising privacy. This course aims–playfully but seriously–to promote engaging with the technology itself so that we may be better informed when the time comes to negotiate these two sides of the coin. And make art along the way.
In short, we will learn how to create programs which track objects, colors, bodies, and faces, and how to use that stream of data to add dynamics and interactivity to our applications.
During the first half of the course, we will introduce the


You need to have internet connection to watch videos and engage in the forums. You also need a computer with processing installed — you can download a free copy from http://www.processing.org.

About The Instructor

Gene Kogan is a media artist and programmer who writes free software for performing arts and researches emerging technologies. His work can be seen at genekogan.com.

For more information (timetable, descriptions and costs) visit Harvestworks' website