Part of the MilkBar’s Summer Intensive Workshop series, The Introduction to Isadora focuses on the hands-on use of Isadora (created by troika ranch founder Mark Coniglio) in installation and live performance (music, theater, dance). It is taught from a perspective of using Isadora both as a stand-alone software tool, and as a tool for integrating / controlling a diverse range of devices and software for installation and performance.

Introduction to Isadora covers the essential basics of working with this very popular and powerful software tool developed by Mark Coniglio as a tool to integrate media, sound and interactivity into live physical performance. This workshop is targeted at artists, dancers, choreographers, directors etc. with no prior knowledge of video or live/interactive design software but with a desire to the basics of how to practically use this tool in your work. For new users a time-limited workshop license of Isadora will be provided courtesy of Troikatronix.

I’ll be teaching the Introductory class twice this summer. The first session will be in June (prior to the extended now composition class), and the second will be in late July.

Date/times: Two different sessions.

  • Session 1: Tues. June 17th & Thurs. June 19th, 2014 from 7 to 9:30 pm 
  • Session 2: Tues. July 22nd & Tues. July 24th, 2014 from 7 to 9:30 pm

Location: Milkbar, Oakland, CA. Located at the Sunshine Biscuit Factory, 851 81st Ave, Oakland. A short walk or bike ride from Coliseum BART. Rides available from BART if needed. Directions at

Cost: $75 / $50 for students. nota/work study available. check or online registration (via paypal)
Registration: Ian Wintersemail ian or call 510-205-7103

Equipment required:
Laptop with webcam capable of running Isadora. Students without a current Isadora license will get a temporary student license.

Equipment provided:
a 3 channel projection set-up with 8 channel audio interface, plus 5-8 projectors will be available for shared student use and a limited number of cameras and sensors,

Equipment you may want:
video camera for live capture (plus any capture devices needed),
audio interface / audio source (if your work involves audio)
any specialized sensors, lights, I/O devices, interfaces etc you’d like to play with or receive help with.