Generative Media Coding: May/2020

Video reel:


04/May/2020, 10-14h
Lesson 1. Introduction to openFrameworks (and setup support)
Lab 1. Text and 2D drawing

05/May/2020, 10-14h
Lesson 2. Case-studies in generative media
Lab 2. Forces and particle systems

06/May/2020, 10-14h
Lesson 3. Student examples
Lab 3. Perlin noise and 3D

07/May/2020, 10-14h
Lesson 4. Add-ons
Lab 4. Images and video

08/May/2020, 10-14h
Lesson 5. Project proposals
Lab 5. Sound and sound visualization

11-14/May/2020, 10-14h: Project development (support)
15/May/2020, 10-14h: Project presentation

The course is focused on the generative aspects of media design and coding, interaction design and the control of media elements in interactive projects. Students will experiment with a broad range of media elements with an emphasis on controlling media behavior through code. Special emphasis will be given to crossings between sound and image: sound visualisation; sonification; audiovisual composition; visual music; etc. Course code is available at

The main development environment for the course will be openFrameworks (, although other environments will be explored. Students should have previously attended the Software Studies for Media Designers course, or demonstrate having acquired equivalent skills. Students are required to plan, develop, document and present a project at the end of the course. An introduction to openFrameworks:

Check what students have done in the last couple of years here and in previous years here (previously the course was called Multimedia Authoring, we used openFrameworks in that course between 2011-16). You can also check a library of exercises, some of which we’ll replicate in class, here:

Recommended bibliography:

For Processing, but easily adapted to oF:

  • Bohnacker, H., Gross, B., & Laub, J., 2012. Generative Design: Visualize, Program, and Create with Processing. (C. Lazzeroni, Ed.). New York: Princeton Architectural Press.
  • Bohnacker, H., Gross, B., & Laub, J., forthcoming. Generative Design: Visualize, Program, and Create with JavaScript in p5.js. (C. Lazzeroni, Ed.). New York: Princeton Architectural Press.
  • Pearson, M., 2011. Generative Art: A Practical Guide Using Processing (1st edition). Shelter Island, NY, London: Manning Publications.
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