The idea of a Spanish community in any country in Latin America who makes translations, do workshops, or teach in schools with Processing and reach anyone on this landscape to express with computer as a tool, was always a wonder of me. I was only doing creative coding teaching in undergraduate university and the efforts was to translate Daniel Shiffman, The Nature of Code book for a small group of students willing to open source it, we lacked on speed.
CODED Escuela’s team was another effort for teaching as free as possible, but their members where to remote, the good news was some of the members was working on P5js en español.
In January 11th 2019 Alfredo Duarte invited me and Ricardo Vega to co-organize the PCD2019 with few days of time for planning, was the opportunity to create the space for the beginning of a Processing Community.
The event was:
- one day long
- free previous inscription to attend
- two workshops of 3.5 hours at the same time
- five speakers
The main objective was What would be the content to teach in workshops for people we do not know how much they know about creative coding and Processing. With two main subject to work with Typography and Shapes, two introductory workshops of 3.5 hours where planned, a group of 10 for Typography workshop and a group of 20 for the Shapes workshops, this was constrained by the space.
Also five speakers where invited to talk about how they use programming tools in they workflows in ~30 minutes, the list is as follow:
- Roy Macdonald from Trimex Collective
- Paola G. Olea and Javier Garay co-founders of Brillo Colectivo
- Enrique Rivera, director of Corporación Chiela de Videos y Artes Electrónicas
- Nicolás Troncoso (me) speaking about how my teaching practice let me to others field of creation.
As the time for planning a better place, Alfredo’s workplace was suitable enough for a day of activities.
Typography workshop by Ricardo Vega
Shapes workshop by Nicolás Troncoso
What let the first PCD in Santiago de Chile
We were happy for the amount of people willing to attend, it was far more than we expected and more than the venue and program time limits could support, that left us satisfied and eager to continue building the community.
The creation of a slack channel was the next step for keeping the community connected, and the idea of doing more workshop throughout the year was a task that I personally try to do tackle.
Alfredo Duarte and the people of Agencia Felicidad for the time spent helping this happened.
Everyone who was willing to share knowledge Roy Macdonald, Paola G. Olea, Javier Garay, Enrique Rivera, Juan De Magalhaes, and Ricardo Vega and Alfredo Duarte for teaming up for a successful PCD.