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 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.
Kelly, A., Shapiro, R. B., Halleux, J. de, & Ball, T. (2018). ARcadia: A Rapid Prototyping Platform for Real-time Tangible Interfaces. Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.
The Laboratory for Playful Computation is part of the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder.