TouchDesigner: The Basics

HEIST & Bellsview Creative team up to bring you a two-day workshop learning the basics of TouchDesigner lead by Aaron Collier.

Interested in media design for live art? In projection mapping? This beginner level workshop will teach you the basics of TouchDesigner, a Canadian-made media design application used by Heist (Princess Rules, Face, Frequencies) and many others around the world (Amon Tobin, Moment Factory, Ex Machina, Deadmau5...).

TD Basics 1: Saturday Feb 15, 2020
- introduction to TD and its elements
- generative 2d visuals and processing

TD Basics 2: Sunday Feb 16, 2020
- generative 3d visuals and processing
- projection mapping

This workshop is open to all levels and will be centred on learning the basics. It will be of particular interest to live theatre/dance/art designers and creators. A basic level of computer knowledge is assumed.

REGISTER by sending an email to <AT> with the subject line: TD WORKSHOP
Cost is $120 for two 6 hour sessions and participants must bring their own laptop. Tea and light snacks provided. This workshop is BIPOC, Queer and Femme FRIENDLY! Space is limited to 9 persons.

Learn more about TouchDesigner and download your free version here --->

TouchDesigner is a node based visual programming language for real time interactive multimedia content, developed by the Toronto-based company Derivative. It's been used by artists, programmers, creative coders, software designers, and performers to create performances, installations, and fixed media works.

Aaron Collier was born in Prince Edward Island in 1981 and is an award-winning multi-talented musician, designer, performer and theatre creator. His composition, sound, set and video design work has toured throughout Canada and to the USA, Ireland and the UK and he has 14 years of touring and performance experience throughout the world with his previous bands The Jimmy Swift Band and Scientists of Sound. He is the co-founder and technical director of Halifax-based live art company Heist and is the co-creator of their lauded productions The Princess Show, New Waterford Boy, NATION, FACE, and Princess Rules. He is also an artistic associate with Theatre Outré in Lethbridge, Alberta. He studied TouchDesigner with digital artist Baron Lanteigne and has since created several designs on the platform including Princess Rules, Face, Frequencies (Heist), and The Last Five Years (Neptune Theatre). Aside from theatrical productions, Aaron has used TouchDesigner to create projection installations for the Heist Takeover parties and their annual Rooftop Party.

Works in Development


Frequencies is a multimedia show we are currently developing starring techno-songwriter Aaron Collier exploring the unfathomable fabric of reality and the connections between all of life through deeply personal storytelling. Collier delves into his family's past while his alterego Chandelier looks at the make up of the universe as both look for answers.

Albert Einstein said: “All life is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want, and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy, this is physics.”

Join us to find out what happens when you create the frequency of the reality you want.

Director Ann-Marie Kerr works with Collier on this intimate show featuring original music by Collier and writings by Stewart Legere, Francesca Ekwuyasi and Collier himself. Dramaturgy by Richie Wilcox.

Coal Bowl Queen

Coal Bowl Queen is a new documentary play being workshopped and developed by Heist. It is a work conceived and written by Richie Wilcox focusing in on a 35-year old national boys basketball tournament in New Waterford, Cape Breton called The Coal Bowl Classic.

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