Isadora + Processing + Kinect

Interview with Jigsaw 24



I was asked to do an interview a while ago with I recently found it and decided to put it on here… I am no longer a lecturer but my work still helps in my current job as a Digital Creator at York Museums Trust.

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Interview: Michel Weber

Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I was born in South Africa and lived there for the first 10 years. Then we moved back to Switzerland to my parent’s hometown.

I bought my first computer when I was 21 and only then started to explore the digital world.
In 1998 I started as a lighting technician at the opera house in Zurich (Switzerland). But the light of a single pixel was more fascinating to me than the one of a light bulb. So I started to work more and more with video.

My first contact with Isadora was in 2004 when I had to find a solution for our theatre. After evaluating different software, Isadora played the trump card with a smooth and easy learning curve, but didn’t lack of complex functionalities for the advanced user.

I’m head of the video department at the theatre of the arts that belongs to the Zurich University of the Arts. Since 2011 I am also responsible for the video technic at the “Theater Spektakel” festival (it takes place every summer for 3 weeks in Zurich). Next to that I participate on various projects as a freelancer.

Would you class yourself as a performer, technician, director or other?
First I would class myself as a technician, because that’s how I started and that’s the reason why I am where I am now and then video-/interaction designer.

What projects have you been working on lately?
Last year (2013) I was asked to do the video design for Goethe’s Faust that played in a church in St. Gallen (Switzerland), I supported and trained a group doing video content for a dance peace and did all the video tech stuff for them and I did an interactive dance game for the Tanzhaus Media Lab in Zurich using Kinect and Isadora.

What has been the highlight of career?
Participating Amitesh Grover’s work “strange lines” at NSD (National School of Drama) in Delhi. He is a wonderful director with great ideas and it’s really satisfying to work with him.

How would you describe your artistic style?
Simplify as much as possible.

What technology do you use most often?
Software: Isadora, Motion, Photoshop, Quartz Composer etc.
Hardware: Kinect, Wiimote, TrippleHead, Cameras, Piezos, Arduino (low level) etc.

How has the Troika Tronix Isadora software helped you with your work?
Without Isadora I would probably do something totally different.

Do you have a website:

If you want people to contact you, you can also provide an email address here:
People can contact me via contact form on my website:

Some of my work [video]

A good friend Dan Shorten from Anomic (Multi-Media Theatre) hired me for various projects in 2012 and January 2013. You can see a trail of these events in my past posts.

Basically I worked in all of the development stages and then worked in the background as a sort of’ technical supervision’ role for all three of the projects in the video. If Isadora had any hick-ups I could jump in and solve and problems; especially in Helsinki were the conditions were so extreme.

This professional video from Polymath films did a fantastic job as they followed Dan and the various projects from start to finish.  I was lucky enough to be interviewed at the Heslinki Event at LUX too; you can find my section from 7:10 (but watch it all its well worth it!)

Can computers fill the role of choreographers?

Can computers fill the role of choreographers?


A really nice article here. Lots of comments and thoughts from Mark Coniglio, Troika Tronix, Troika Ranch, NI Mate from Delicode and more… including a video:

Interview: Gertjan Biasino

Isadora User Gertjan Biasino tell us about working with Isadora, processing, quartz and how they are being put to use in projects such as Atelier Oerol and Nr. 10….

Could you tell us a little bit about yourself? Would you class yourself as a performer, technician, director or other?

I am Gertjan Biasino; I studied audiovisual art in Sint-Lukas Brussels, where I specialized in combining film with other media. After I graduated in 2010 I kept on making hybrid forms between audiovisual media and life performance. Next to my own projects, I work for different artists to realize their works. (as programmer, video operator, stage designer, performer,…)

What projects have you been working on lately?

Beside smaller projects for others I’m currently working on 2 projects of my own.

One project is for the “Oerol Festival” June 15th to 24th. This is a festival for cite specific theatre. I am part of a two-year program called “Atelier Oerol“. This year we make a study for a bigger work next year.

My project for this year is called “Nr. 11: A”. It is an installation/performance during the night. The main aspect is the dark adaptation of the eye. This experimental installation/performance investigates how an individual experiences the adaptation of the eye to a dark environment. Some research can be seen on the Oerol site (in Dutch)


The second project premiers end of august. It is called “Nr. 10: B” and is the second part of a triptych performance series: project “Nr. 10”

This is a project about rituals. In ancient times mankind wanted to control the unintelligible nature with rituals. But what role can rituals perform today? What was/is the use of the sham control of a ritual? And what role can technology play in a modern ritual?

The performances are based on the Aztec human sacrifices. A small film of the 4h performance can be found on myspace.

What has been the highlight of career?

As I am just beginning, everything I did where highlights for me.

How would you describe your artistic style?

I think it can best be described as a hybrid form between different media, where every media has an equivalent role to the end result. In every work interaction plays an important role, therefore almost all of my works are live performances or installations with a live element.

What technology do you tend to use?

Technology plays a big role in my work. In almost all projects I use different technologies that always serve as a support.

Of these technologies I think I use Isadora 70% of the time. I combine it with processing, quartzcomposer, matrox box for different beamers, lanbox for dmx control, arduino to control other electronics, kinect,… But the main technology is Isadora where I can control every live aspect of the performances.

How has the Troika Tronix Isadora software helped you with your work?

I think it has played a big part in my development to the work I make now. In my second year on Sint-Lukas I wanted to make a live video performance, but I really didn’t know how. And little by little I started to learn how to use Isadora. Because it is so simple to use I could experiment a lot with it. By trying and experimenting I also developed ideas on how to use technology in art.  And theories on interaction with the live audience or the actors/musicians… All these ideas I use now in my work and I am still developing new ones.

Describe Isadora in three words:

Simple, (a word for the fact that it has many possibilities), quick and flexible!

Do you have a website:, (website is under construction)

What to contact Gertjan?: info.gbiasino[at]gmail[dot]com

Isadora Interview: Matthew Haber

I would like to Introduce Matthew Haber. I have been in contact with Matthew for quite a while now, we often email each other about various bits and bobs and I am always blown away with what he has done, what he is doing and what he is going to be doing!

In my opinion he is ahead of the game and is always thinking of the next creative step! His new ‘Lab 254’ looks very promising and I can’t wait to see what he and the team deliver.

Find out more about him…

Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a Boston/New York based artist/designer/programmer.

Would you class yourself as a performer, technician, director or other?
I think I describe myself on my website as an “interdisciplinary artist and maker”, which I would characterize as a pretty accurate if vague description. I am most often listed in programs as a projection designer or programmer.

What projects have you been working on lately?
Recently, my efforts have been focused on the technologies that we work with. Specifically, I have been work on some projects with the goal of making interactivity much easier in both live performance and installation. I have also designed a couple smaller shows recently and I have an interactive installation opening in a gallery in Boston at the beginning of May.

What has been the highlight of career?
Definitely nothing that I have done so far.

How would you describe your artistic style?
Definitely still being developed. My theatre work has often been on shows with a strong documentary/historical bent (think Laremie Project, etc) so I continually find myself gravitating towards a textural collaging of archival content. I am very interested in exploring the interactions between light, form, and shadow so my installation and dance work often speaks to this.

What technology do you tend to use?
I do a lot of my performance work in Dataton Watchout and, to a lesser degree, QLab and Isadora. My installation work and interactive performance design is almost exclusively in IsadoraCore supplemented by Quartz Composer as needed. I am also a big fan of MadMapper in conjunction with Isadora.

How has the Troika Tronix Isadora software helped you with your work?
I love Isadora because it allows me to work much more fluidly than I can with a more typical workflow where I am creating content in one set of programs, rendering it out, and then cuing it in some sort of content-delivery system. I also, find that Isadora is a much better match for the way that I think compared to some similar programs such as MAX so I can work in it extremely efficiently.

Describe Isadora in three words:
Versatile, Extensible, Experimentation

Feel free to add any extra comments here:
I mentioned my work with interactivity technology above and you can follow what is going on with that here:

Do you have a website:

If you want people to contact you you can also provide an email address here:
matthewhaber{ @ }matthewhaber[dot]com