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p5.js Contributor’s Conference (2019)

An interdisciplinary group of 35 participants gathered at the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, advancing the code, documentation, and community outreach tools and exploring the current landscape of the p5.js programming environment. Comprising a diverse range of participants within the fields of creative technology, interaction design, and new media arts, the conference was aimed at fostering dialogue through a multidisciplinary lens. Working groups focused on several topic areas: Access; Music and Code in Performance; Landscape of Creative Tech; and Internationalization.

Person with a microphone speaking to fellow participants in front of text that reads p5.js will not add any new features except those that increase access
Woman speaking into a microphone talking to fellow participants
Group of people sit around campfire made from four LCD monitors.
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A man with a microphone speaking to fellow participants
Classroom of participants facing a speaker listen intently
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Woman with microphone speaking to fellow participants with the text sacred boundaries in the projection behind her
Overhead view of participants listening to a panel of people with an image of a 3d rendered man on it
Participants sit around a table with their laptops and observe code on a screen
Woman sitting next to a lifesize teddy bear works on her laptop
Participants sitting at a long table having lunch and a discussion
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Classroom of participants working on their laptops
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Participant speaks at a podium in front of projected text about the problem with anonymyzing data


American Artist, Omayeli Arenyeka, Sina Bahram, Aatish Bhatia, Natalie Braginsky, Jon Chambers, Luca Damasco, Aren Davey, Ted Davis, Carlos Garcia, Stalgia Grigg, Kate Hollenbach, shawné michaelain holloway, Claire Kearney-Volpe, Sona Lee, Kenneth Lim, Evelyn Masso, Lauren McCarthy, LaJuné McMillian, Allison Parrish, Luisa Pereira, Guillermo Montecinos, Aarón Montoya-Moraga, Luis Morales-Navarro, Shefali Nayak, Everest Pipkin, Olivia Ross, Dorothy R. Santos, Yasheng She, Jun Shern Chan, Cassie Tarakajian, Lauren Valley, Xin Xin, Alex Yixuan Xu, Qianqian Ye


Our contributor conference took place at the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University, an academic laboratory for atypical, anti-disciplinary, and inter-institutional research at the intersections of arts, science, technology, and culture.

This event was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and generous support from the Processing Foundation, Mozilla Foundation, Clinic for Open Source Arts (COSA) at the University of Denver, NYU Tandon IDM, NYU ITP, FHNW Academy of Art and Design, DePaul University College of Computing and Digital Media, and Parsons School of Art, Media, and Technology at the New School.
Thank you!