TouchDesigner for Projection and Installation @ EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society, Calgary [from 10 May to 14 June]

TouchDesigner for Projection and Installation

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18:30 - 21:30

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EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society
2005 10 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta T3C 0K4
TouchDesigner for Projection and Installation
Instructor: Matthew Waddell
May 10 — June 14, 2018 | Thursdays @ 6:30 — 9:30PM
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary — U-Hall Space (2009 10 Ave SW, 2nd Floor)

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“TouchDesigner is a visual development platform that equips students, artists, creatives, educators and professionals with the tools needed to create stunning realtime projects and rich user experiences. It can be used for making a wide range of interactive 3D art, multi-screen interactive experiences, museum exhibits, data visualizations, architectural projections, systems control, live visual performances and for the rapid-prototyping of any creative impulse. TouchDesigner's open and highly-visual procedural architecture encourages discovery, creativity and productivity providing an exploratory and responsive way to work. TouchDesigner is the perfect choice for any modern media curriculum.”


TouchDesigner is one of the fastest growing and most powerful software tools for realtime video applications. Developed in Canada and used by video and New Media professionals around the globe, this dynamic tool can be used to create anything from custom VJ performances, to live camera systems for dance or theatre, gallery installations, and even mapping realtime election results on the side of the Empire State Building.

During this six week workshop we will develop fundamental TouchDesigner skills while working towards individual projects that will be presented in TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary’s U-Hall space during the final class. This workshop will guide participants through the process of realizing their projection projects from start to finish. Projection technology will be provided as well as guided instruction catered to developing and presenting your project.

No TouchDesigner experience required but familiarity with computers and digital video is considered an asset. Students will be required to bring their own laptop preloaded with Derivative TouchDesigner 099 (free download) and are encouraged to bring their own projects, questions, ideas, and technology.


• TouchDesigner fundamentals
• Projection mapping techniques
• Audio reactive visuals
• Introduction to 3D visuals
• Controllers
• Networking


Matthew Waddell is an audiovisual artist, multimedia programmer and educator. He has been involved with digital arts production and education for the last eleven years — creating 3D visual art, designing award winning sound and video for theatre, programming innovative custom playback servers, and recently, exploring large-scale video installation and architectural projection mapping.
Since discovering TouchDesigner in 2014, Matthew has used it to create custom playback systems that combine live camera feeds, realtime graphics and animation, interactive controllers and video mapping technology. His work made in TouchDesigner has been presented at Mutek Montreal, The Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Nuit Blanche Winnipeg, the Calgary GLOW Festival, Canada Day at the Forks Winnipeg, and on stage with Alberta Theatre Projects and Ghost River Theatre.
Over the last six years he has taught courses in audiovisual technology at the National Theatre School of Canada, as well as at numerous workshops in Calgary, Montreal, Winnipeg and Bogota, Colombia. Matthew has received two Betty Mitchell Awards: Outstanding Projection Design, (The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst, 2015) and Outstanding Sound Design (ONE, 2011) and a Calgary Critics Award for Best Technical Design (Tomorrow’s Child, 2014).

Having recently returned to Calgary after ten years living in Montreal Matthew is excited to be back and working with new people in his hometown.
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