The free Pixel is Data Live edition app for Mac interprets your photos' pixels in real time and transforms them automagically into art pieces that you can instantly tweak with code and/or sliders.
The principleiPhone brew of the app: using photos' pixels data to create art pieces that represent captured reality in a different way that's not necessarily figurative.
Indeed, photos' pixels are always organized in the very same way that the photographic sensor that is used to make them is organized into. What if, for example, one will decide to reorganize pixels by colors instead of using the default order? Would it not represent reality?
We have put a great effort in designing a scripting code – sort of a programming language – that kids that age can immediately grasp and use to produce their own images:
The Mac appMac application was used for two weeks within workshops at l'Atelier des enfants with classes of kids aged 6 to 12 years-old. The app gave them the opportunity to code for the first time – with a super simple language we designed and an instant, live visual result. This latest feature – the live aspect – is one the most important qualities of such a coding tool: giving real-time feedback while the young users are coding is crucial to maintain focus and avoid frustration in the best way possible.
To make things simple and fun, kids were able to make pictures of themselves directly from within the app, or use a collection of photos that we previously gathered. They could also use our scripting language and tweak parameters via sliders:
The installation version of the work is fun and straigthforward: you make a selfie and play with it. It's a fun way to get acquainted with the principle before actually digging into the code version.
When at the studio, the large touchscreen also became a fun new way to leave a photo before taking off!
Youngest coder ever
Oh, and here was our youngest coder, probably the youngest coder ever: