Interactive Installations

Interactive installations may be created by students in any course. The student has to address designing an interface that will allow the viewer to experience the installation with as few instructions as possible. The interaction has to be intuitive for the viewer to immerse himself or herself in the artist’s poetics.

Some of the student work produced involved:

  • Video Feed projection-based installations
  • Interactive Video projection-based installations (MAX MSP)
  • Sensor-based installations (sensors are used with arduino or other micro-controllers)
  • Camera-based installations (webcam or kinect)
  • Static Light installations
  • Interactive Light installations (Led, electronics, relays)



Interactive Environments with Sound and Video using MAX/MSP/Jitter

LASER invites you to the Latino Digital Art Workshop: (JAnuary 2013)


This workshop introduces participants to the use of technology as a tool to produce digital interactive artwork. Participants are encouraged to reflect on Latino identity, topics of migration and biculturalism.

The software we will use is called Max/MSP. It is a graphical environment for creating and manipulating audio, video, and multimedia with a computer. It will be taught from the perspective of an artist. We will cover basic programming using the graphical interface in Max, MSP audio objects and Jitter video objects.

When: Instruction and studio work: Fri Jan 25, Sat Jan 26, Fri Feb 1, and Sat Feb 2 (2-7pm)
Finishing Projects and Preparing Exhibition:, Feb 8 (2-7pm), Feb 9 (2-4pm)
Exhibition: Sat Feb 9 (4-7pm)
Where: Hale Center 153 W 12th Ave, Computer Lab Room #135
Instructor: Florence Gouvrit-Montaño
Registration Deadline: January 10. Early registration recommended before December 14
Registration Required. To register, send your name, email and phone number to

Enrolment is open to all students, faculty and staff. No previous knowledge or prerequisite study required. Due to space restrictions enrolment is limited to 20 students.


Course Description:

This three-week workshop will cover basic and intermediate techniques for creating interactive multimedia projects with Max/MSP/Jitter as well as building and implementing sensors and other real world interfaces.

Max/MSP/Jitter is graphical programming software used for over twenty years in installation art, performance art, theater, data visualization, robotics, VJ performance and more. Max’s graphical interface allows nonprogrammers to create programs without having to learn or to write code, by interconnecting different pieces from a library of objects that represent small snippets of code.

This course will introduce students to the basics of Max/MSP’s programming interface and teach them to build their own patches (programs created within Max) enabling them to create sound generation, sampling, and video playback/manipulation that can be controlled with external controllers. Some of the topics that will be covered are: real-time video effects processing, using web camera and Microsoft Kinect as sensors, color and motion-tracking, audio manipulation, data visualization, creating performance instruments, building stand-alone software applications, networking computers, experimental 2D and 3D animation, building interactive and synchronized multi-channel video installations, and creating functional user interfaces. Students will gain an understanding of how to interface MAX with common sensors, MIDI controllers and microcontrollers like arduino or miditron.

Each workshop class will consist of 5 hours of lectures, hands-on tutorials, and studio time with instructor assistance with a 30 minute break. The course will conclude with a day for participants to exhibit, perform, or demonstrate what they have made during the course in a one-day show.

Lab Environment:

Students will be working on computers provided in a computer lab, although students may bring in their own laptop computers if they wish and already have all the appropriate software used in this course (see optional software in section below). There is a no food or drink policy in all computer labs.

Optional software (for laptop or home use):

We will be using Cycling74’s Max/Msp software. The lab will provide the necessary computers and software in our lab, however if you wish to work on a personal computer at home or in the lab, 30 day trial versions can be downloaded at:

Information on obtaining a student discounted license will be detailed at the beginning of the course.

Brought to you by LASER, Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Mexico National Fund for Arts and Culture, (FONCA) through the Study abroad Grant.

For more information, contact:

Project Name Interactive Installations