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Led by visual artist Antonio Roberts – aka hellocatfood, this workshop will introduce you to the basics of Hydra, focusing on how image sources (oscillators, shapes, cameras, windows) can be transformed, modulated, and composited by chaining together different functions.

Hydra is a platform for live coding visuals, inspired by analogue modular synthesis. It is built in javascript by Olivia Jack and be extended through the use of custom image textures, videos and webcam inputs.

This workshop will also introduce you to the world of live coding, where artists and musicians create performances through code. We will delve into the history of live coding and the many approaches for creating audio visual performances. 

By the end of the workshop you will have learnt the skills needed to perform using Hydra. No coding experience is necessary. Laptops will be provided but you are welcome to use your own if you prefer. 

Suitable for beginners aged 12+


This event will take place on the second floor of our building and is wheelchair accessible via a lift. There are accessible toilets on the same floor. If you have any questions or if there is anything we can do to improve your visit please email

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