Tagtool workshop at Kidsbit-Festival in Perugia

The KIDSBIT is a week-long summer school with two festival days on the weekend for kids aged 4-14. The aim if for the kids to explore new technology and discover its creative potential. The organizers managed to create a wonderful atmosphere within the walls of a former monastery, where the kids would code robots, create animations, explore fab-labs and raspbery-pi's, and – which was my part – animate monsters and robots in two tagtool-workshops.

It am extremely happy and honoured having been part of the first instance of the festival; it felt very much like going to the my first reboot in 2007: Great vibes, interesting topics, and all the people I met were there becasue it was a matter of the heart.

My special thanks go out to the Istituto Tedesco Perugia, who made this trip possible; and to all the good people at KIDSBIT, Giulia, Elisa, Luca, et al!

Prepping for the Big Carrot Tour

Last week I was spending my time in Halifax to join the team of Walter Lemonface for rehearsals. If you never heard of the show, it's best described as

"a live cartoon that the audience controls (with a magical mix of music and storytelling)"

And as you can see below, we had a lot of new gear sitting around, just waiting for us to get our hands dirty with, with a special focus on the new video mixer. We are now able to work tagtool on four iPads during the 60mins show, super smooth. The live show on Friday amused kids and their grown-ups same time. I am very much looking forward to join the band again for our Big Carrot Tour (10 cities in UK) in June.

Using modul8 with tagtool

Last night, Jan and I performed as wallpo.st at the eBookCamp 2015 here in the Hamburg betahaus. It was the 5th eBookCamp (always a great experince, hat tip to the organizers!) and our 3rd time we participated as the night gig performers.

It was also the first time for me to try using modul8 in conjunction with tagtool. I basically used overlays and blend modes, and the edge filter. Also I used the Black Magic ultra Studio to feed the iPad signal to my MacBook Pro. I was a little nervous about it because I still wanted the live painting to be at the center of everything and not for it to become a visual effect fiasco. So here's a litlle video of what we did (thx to Heike for the footage).