Resource Guide


Free software is marked with an asterisk.


“A powerful, and extendable professional VJ software designed for realtime HD video mixing and compositing with a modular user interface – exclusively for Mac OSX.”


GIF Jockey *

“GIF Jockey is a revolutionary VJ app that allows you to use any GIF for live visuals. Load up to 16 GIFs, tap to the tempo of the music and perform with a variety of controls; you can even play GIFs backwards!”



Browser-based VJ software to manipulate .GIF image files.



“Isadora empowers video designers and interactive artists to create responsive media experiences.”



“Magic is a unique desktop application that gives you an intuitive, modular interface to create interactive animation and video effects for concerts, clubs, theater, movies, parties, art installations, advertising, education, research, relaxation, and anything else you can imagine.”



“Max connects objects with virtual patch cords to create interactive sounds, graphics, and custom effects.”



“Modul8 is a revolutionary Mac OS X application designed for real time video mixing and compositing.”


PixiVisor *

“PixiVisor is a tool for experimenting with the transmission of video over audio.”


Processing *

“Processing is a flexible software sketchbook and a language for learning how to code within the context of the visual arts.”


Pure Data *

“Pure Data is an open source visual programming language for multimedia.”



“Avenue is an instrument for VJs, AV performers and video artists. Avenue puts all your media and effects right at your fingertips, so you can quickly play and improvise your live visuals.”


Signal Culture

“The Signal Culture Apps gives you access to custom professional video and new media software applications for producing real-time experimental media artworks. Great for artists, VJ’s, designers and hobbyists!”


Spout *

“Realtime video sharing framework for Windows Senders and receivers include FreeframeGL plugins, a Java interface for Processing, Jitter externals for Max/Msp, VIZZable modules for Ableton Live, and a Virtual Webcam as a universal receiver. There is also example code for creating your own applications with openFrameworks and Cinder.”


Syphon *

“Syphon is an open source Mac OS X technology that allows applications to share frames – full frame rate video or stills – with one another in realtime. Now you can leverage the expressive power of a plethora of tools to mix, mash, edit, sample, texture-map, synthesize, and present your imagery using the best tool for each part of the job. Syphon gives you flexibility to break out of single-app solutions and mix creative applications to suit your needs.”



“TouchDesigner is a visual development platform that equips you with the tools you need to create stunning realtime projects and rich user experiences.  Whether you’re creating interactive media systems, architectural projections, live music visuals, or simply rapid-prototyping your latest creative impulse, TouchDesigner is the platform that can do it all.”



Mac VJ software.


Virtual ANS *

“Virtual ANS is a software simulator of the unique Russian synthesizer ANS – photoelectronic microtonal/spectral musical instrument created by Russian engineer Evgeny Murzin from 1938 to 1958. Murzin named his invention in honour of the composer Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin.”


vvvv *
“vvvv is a hybrid visual/textual live-programming environment for easy prototyping and development. It is designed to facilitate the handling of large media environments with physical interfaces, real-time motion graphics, audio and video that can interact with many users simultaneously. vvvv is free for non-commercial use, commercial use requires a license.”




The CHA/V (“cheap hacky A/V”) – a DIY guide!


Error Instruments

“sonic Arts . experimental avantgarde. musik instruments online shop !!!! from Amsterdam Netherlands”


Glitch Art Dot Com

Makers of glitch video devices such as the built-to-order Modified Edirol V4.


LZX Industries

Makers of the Vidiot, an incredible all-in-one video synthesis device, and much more.



Electronic Arts Intermix

Founded in 1971, EAI is a nonprofit resource that fosters the creation, exhibition, distribution and preservation of media art.


La Bande Video

Canadian alliance and directory of open calls and festivals, primarily in French.



“LUX is an international arts agency that supports and promotes artists’ moving image practices and the ideas that surround them.”



Mondo Digital

“Weird and wild cinema”


Monoskop – Experimental film — Monoskop – Video art

Fantastic, Wiki-style directory with associated filmmakers, journals, and organizations.


VIDEO ART: the early years

British video art chronology.



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