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Digi Lab 1

Digi Lab 1

Thursday, March 10, 2022
10:00 am_5:00 pm

SAE Institute


(taxes and fees included)

Digi Lab 1: TouchDesigner for interactive Installations by Markus Heckmann

Think and Sense - Pointcloud rendering of Kadokawa's Tokorozawa campus


TouchDesigner can be quite the beast with it’s wide range of uses. This full day workshop will focus on the elements required to get started with TouchDesigner as a tool for interactive installations: besides video playback and image based effects, topics will include generative 2D/3D and rendering, interfacing with external input and output devices as well as investigating various protocols to allow control of an installation. The workshop will start with an overview of Interface workflow and basic concepts behind the node based development environment and then provide context by giving step by step instructions to build example networks that could be adapted to interactive installations.


Born in Germany in 1977, Markus Heckmann studied Media-technology at the University of Ilmenau and the Bauhaus University in Weimar before obtaining in 2006 the position of Technical Director at Derivative, the maker of TouchDesigner, in Toronto. Heckmann's personal works have always tended to combine the aesthetic aspects of generative computer graphics with the almost physical aspects of light. Apart from producing visuals and installations for artists like Carsten Nicolai or applications to control the KineticLights of WHITEvoid, he occasionally takes care of visual stimuli at techno events under the nickname Wüstenarchitekten.


No Prerequisite knowledge is required but participants are encouraged to have gone through some of the First Things to Know about TouchDesigner videos found here


Please bring the hardware listed below and have the TouchDesigner installed before the workshop! Download the software here


Please refer to the System Requirements to make sure TouchDesigner will run on your computer. Laptop (PC or Mac) with TouchDesigner installed and keyed.

A 3-Button Mouse

Optional: interface controller

Software to Install Before Workshop:

Latest version of TouchDesigner installed and keyed.

The freely available Non-Commercial license for TouchDesigner will suffice. More Information on creating an account and acquiring a key can be found here. Make sure your OS and drivers are up to date.



DAY: March 10, 2022

TIMETABLE (6 hours)

Part1: 10:00 - 13:00

Part2: 14:00 - 17:00

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