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7. Summer School ” Ambiant Creativity”, within the Digital Art Festival, July 2011, Corfu (Greece)

Dates: 15-30 July 2011
Location: Ionian University / independent culture center Polytechno, Corfu, Greece
Supported by: the project AMBIANT Creativity

Supporting technologies
Graphics: 2D ?a? 3D animation montage, stop motion, pixellation, fileters etc.
Graphics: Interactive Real Time Graphics, Processing, OSC, OpenFrameworks, Kinect
Sound: Digital Sound Synthesis techniques, SupperCollider

Content and Results
The AMBIANT Creativity Summer School in Digital Arts 2011 was organized by the Departments of Audiovisual Arts and of Music of the Ionian University, in cooperation with members of faculty from the School of Visual Design and Art Studies of the Technical Institute of Athens and the School of Fine and Applied Arts of the University of Western Macedonia.
The Summer School combined art projects of the participants with lectures and exercises on techniques of animation, real time sound processing and interaction. Participants were students as well as artists who wanted to develop their skills in the use of open source software for animation and sound such as Processing, openFramework, Blender3D and SuperCollider. Both beginners and more advanced users were accepted, and the teaching schedule included coaching for individual projects by the participants.
The teaching program consisted of two 4-hour sessions daily, one dedicated to graphics and animation and one on sound and interaction. Each session was made of a one-hour lecture and three hours of exercises. In parallel with the group instruction sessions, independent project work were done, so that participants could adapt their work to their individual interests. Furthermore, Vasilis Bouzas coordinated projects dealing with digital sampling or recording of the environment of Corfu, as a basis for artworks that investigate the social, environmental or historical aspects of the city, leading into re-constructions or interventions.
The last three days of the seminar were dedicated to the presentation of project results in the form of installations and concerts or audiovisual presentations.
Three young artists that participate in the residences of the AMBIANT Creativity project were also be present at the summer school, and shared their process, achievement, and new know-how with the participants.

Participants
36 participants (31 for the two weeks) + staff.
Instructors Ioannis Zannos, Department of Audiovisual Arts of the Ionian University, (Computer Music and Interactive Arts); Eleni Mouri, School of Visual Design and Art Studies of the Technical Institute of Athens (Animation); Aris Bezas, Department of Audiovisual Arts of the Ionian University, (Graphics Synthesis and Interactive Arts); Vasilis Bouzas, School of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Western Macedonia (Installations, Digital Narratives-Networks); Konstantinos Tiligadis, Department of Audiovisual Arts of the Ionian University (2D and 3D Animation)