Friday, July 4, 2014


In the midst of doing a play and trying to keep on on writing, I'm doing something that might seem to be a complete distraction: taking a programming course.

The course, Creative Programming for Digital Media & Mobile Apps, is offered by the University of London, through Coursera. It's about using the MIT programming environment called Processing to manipulate images, animations, and sounds on desktop and mobile devices. Now, at least that sounds closer to my usual specialties.

And closer than you think, because way back when, even before I was one of the gurus of interactive media for Philips, I was a programmer. I haven't done much to keep up, and something I find that confusing, but I also find that the new programming environments allow me to work with imagery and audio in ways I could never have imagined when I worked at Philips, with a lot less coding.

If I can get up to speed. That's what this course is about for me, a free (though not easy) way to see how well I can adapt to new programming tools, and maybe use them to supplement my art. Or even create new forms of it.

Which is, of course, exactly what I've been doing all along: trying to apply my old-guy skills to a quickly-changing technological landscape.

Can I do it? I don't know. But I'm going to try.

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