The Weird Code Club is a series of workshops, resources and new technologies around teaching adult women artists to engineer their own interactive technologies for live performance. Typically, when artists want to incorporate custom interactive technology into their performances, they have to outsource the work to engineers, losing creative agency in the process. The Weird Code Club aims to empower adult women artists to have more control over the technologies used in their live performances and to help them become more self-confident creative technologists.
Some of the performance technologies the Weird Code Club seeks to make more accessible are: toolkits to simplify the construction of real-time tangible interfaces, design tools that target specific creation goals like stage lighting, proximity detection, VJ and visual performance software and audio processing tools.
The Weird Code Club is part of ATLAS PhD student Annie Kelly's ongoing research.
Annie Kelly, R. Benjamin Shapiro, Jonathan de Halleux, and Thomas Ball. 2018. ARcadia: A Rapid Prototyping Platform for Real-time Tangible Interfaces. In Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '18). ACM, New York, NY, USA. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3173574.3173983 Paper 409, 8 pages (Montreal QC, Canada — April 21 - 26, 2018).