PureData Montréal Users Group meeting #10

2005 mai 14, from 13:00 to 17:00 EDT


Garnier 4550, 2ième étage (coin Mont-Royal)

(métro Mont-Royal puis marcher vers l'est)

$: Entrée libre (dons appréciés)

Langue: Français avec un peu d'anglais, comme d'habitude.

at the videographe :


michal at work :


Au programme:


    The Magnetic Information Liberation Front (M.I.L.F.)

       As individuals, Brodeur's practice often explores the boundaries

       between art and technology, while Hewitt is primarily interested

       in critiquing the language and symbols of consumerism. Together,

       these conceptual artists  have produced a tongue-in-cheek way of

       finding one's self in our fast-paced,  economy-driven world.  By

       re-interpreting open-source computing code  and applying it to a

       contraption assembled  from an array of spare parts including an

       old speaker and a magnetic card reader,  Brodeur and Hewitt have

       produced an  object that  has the  capacity to  free individuals

       from the  sensation of  meaninglessness  that comes  with  being

       identified  according  to series  of numbers.  Accompanying  the

       M.I.L.F.  is an  infomercial that  satirizes the  conventions of

       television intended to sell solutions for better living.

       (this will also be an exhibition this summer at

        Ottawa Art Gallery)

Darsha demonstrates the M.I.L.F. reader -> darsha_pdmtl10.jpg


       presents  semester  projects  by  visual  arts  students  of the

       UFO (University oF Ottawa)

Nao Yokoyama's and Rob Watson's projects were shown. The gps patch is available and requires zexy, gridflow and the comport objects.

videos -> http://artengine.ca/~alx/gradshow

for the patches -> http://artengine.ca/tiki


       propose une  discussion sur  un possible  système  de paquetages

       pour PureData,  qui aurait pour but de faciliter la distribution

       d'externes, de bibliothèques et d'abstractions.

Marc proposed that we use ipkg (the itsy bitsy package manager) in order to solve the fragmentation of puredata and external versions. Everyone agrees this would a huge improvement. Isaak says that as a new user he does not know which version of pd to install. Mathieu suggested a [install] object from within pd that could be passed options like 'zexy' or 'comport' and would take care of that right within pd. Nice ideas! Alexandre talked about sharing patches and abstractions in repositories through rss.

Some discussion time was devoted to the realization that forks were emerging again in the development of pd. While not ideal, it seems that these are inevitable given the growing difference between Miller's development version and devel in cvs.


    (the convention would be held this autumn in Montréal)

Two conventions should be the aim, a large one in ~ 18 months and a smaller one in the fall. There is not enough time to fund travel for a lot of overseas participants for a conference in the fall of 2005. There should be enough partners to organise a successful one in 2006.

    4.1. When should it be held (e.g. October or November)

see below

    4.2. Who wants to be an organiser, and which organisms would be into

         providing travel money, rooms, advertising, etc.

A person who could bring together centres and universities, be efficient in communicating with artists and able to secure funding...we could ask centres to each contribute a small amount to give a stipend to such a person.

    4.3. Who should be invited, and what would be the process of inviting


A few names were mentionned (more are to come and sorry for spelling mistakes) :

James Tittle, Tim Blechmann, Krzysztof Czaja, Iohannes Zmöelnig, Günter Geiger, Miller Puckette, Yves Degoyon, Aymeric Mansoux , pmpd - Cyrille + Damien Henry, Winfried Ritsch, Ben Bogart, Tom Schouten, Hans-Christoph Steiner, Frank Barknecht, Brian Jurish, Thomas Grill, Cyrille Henry, Damien Henry, Peter Plessas, Suzanne Schmidt, Hans-Christoph Steiner, Franz Hildgen, Mathieu Bouchard, Sébastien Roy, the m.i.l.f, Marc Fournel, Thomas Ouellet Fredericks, Pascal Gauthier, Christian Klippel, Chris Klepper, Christoph Kummerer Partners : InterAccess (Toronto), Artengine (Ottawa), SAT, Avatar, Videographe, Oboro, Studio XX, Uqam, Concordia, McGill + more.

Partners :

InterAccess (Toronto), Artengine (Ottawa), SAT, Avatar, videographe, oboro, studio xx, uqam, concordia, mcgill + more.