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In 2013, studio99 hosted James George, Artist in Residence at Microsoft Research, to foster collaborations and cross-fertilization of ideas between the academic research and artistic creative coding communities. James’ ongoing goals is to find ways to interact more closely with the tools he and other artists use in the creative coding world.

One of George’s ongoing goals is to find ways to interact more closely with the tools he and other artists use in the creative coding world. During his time at Microsoft Research, he was able to work directly with the Kinect for Windows and Microsoft Open Technologies team to develop Kinect Common Bridge, an interface layer that sits atop the Kinect for Windows SDK that makes the software-development kit more accessible for creative applications. Kinect Common Bridge addresses an audience of creative individuals who don’t consider themselves “developers.” It emphasizes simplicity over features and enables those without advanced programming knowledge to become productive quickly.

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“Artists approach coding from a different mentality and need a different language,” George explains. “Microsoft was open to embracing the lessons we had learned from open-source initiatives and bringing that thinking into the platform itself. Simple programming interfaces and the generosity of an open-source community are what made the Kinect platform popular with creative coders when it was released, and Microsoft understands how crucial that is for the adoption of Kinect as a platform for digital art.”

For George, this project symbolizes a crossover between disciplines. He points to work by Joshua Noble, who collaborated with George to develop an add-on that integrates Kinect Common Bridge with the popular openFrameworks creative coding environment as an example of how devices are being used for purposes other than their original intent.

Bio: James is an artist working to circumvent the inevitable. Concerned with the impact of rapidly advancing technology on culture, through installations and films he addresses the emotional response to science fiction notions as they become reality. A hybrid background in computer science and video affords him the possibility to work directly with emerging mediums.

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