Thursday 9 July, 3.15 – 4.15pm
Words by Hayley Krippner, 2017 Alumna
The 72 participants of the 2020 Innovative Young Minds programme got the chance to experience what it is like to be a creative technologist during Massey University College of Creative Arts’ interactive creative technology session. Presenters Tristan Bunn, and Birgit Bachler, both lecturers at the School of Music and Creative Media Production, spoke with the students about the remarkable opportunities a creative technologist has and just how exciting their jobs are.
The students were thrilled to mix coding and art when they got a quick taster course of using p5js to code a simple interactive art piece. Tristan and Birgit carefully explained the meaning of the functions that were coded and what each line of code was used for. It was fascinating to see the development process for creating a piece of interactive art. The resulting product included sliders that the user could move to change the effects applied to the objects displayed. A similar technique is used for designing filters on platforms such as Instagram and TikTok. Birgit explained that the exercise illustrated that we “need more women in this kind of space” and the participants can “change how [women] want to appear online”.
The amazing aspect of being at the meeting point of art and programming is that there are so many exciting projects and tools that can be built. “It’s mind-blowing”, said Birgit. The possibilities are limitless! What also appealed to the participants is that new jobs that do not currently exist are arising as time progresses. Another key message was that a mistake could lead to a product being successful. The participants experienced the joy and freedom of experimenting with different digital techniques and that there is no such thing as being wrong when making art.