I am attending Flash 8 Development: Building Art-making Machines (P0409) in Colorado from June 25 – 29, 2007. LINK
Skill level: Advanced
Concept: By writing his own programs, or machines as he likes to call them, Joshua Davis is able to create unique interactive and animated compositions. In this workshop students will use Macromedia Flash 8 and ActionScript to learn how to program the ‘brushes,’ the ‘paints,’ the ‘strokes,’ the rules and the boundaries to generate their own artmaking machines.
Media & Techniques: Macromedia Flash 8 and ActionScript on Macintosh computers. Advancement of basic Flash design skills to develop working prototypes of interactive design and animation; presentation of concepts to speed up production and achieve more flexibility.
Activities: Daily demonstrations of different features of ActionScript; hands-on exercises; one-on-one help to apply the techniques; creation of a complete small project.
Prerequisites: Students must have a basic understanding of Flash and ActionScript.
Joshua Davis is a New York based artist, designer and technologist. He is creator of the award-winning website PrayStation.com, Once-Upon-A-Forest, Cyphen and Dreamless. Joshua was named one of the Ten Most Creative People by the Internet Professional Publisher’s Association (IPPA), and was the winner of the 2001 Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica in the category ‘Net Excellence’. His work has exhibited at numerous national and international venues, including the Tate Modern, the Design Museum in London, le Centre Pompidou, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, and is in the 2006 National DesignTriennial at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. His book, Flash to the Core: An Interactive Sketchbook has become a best-seller. Joshua spends his time traveling the world speaking at conferences and working on projects for art institutions and museums alongside personal projects. He is also an enthusiastic educator, teaching workshops internationally and serving as a professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York.