[TDSW] TouchDesigner 029 Generative art with Polyhop

TDSW is hosting a TouchDesigner workshop titled Generative Art with Polyhop!


About this Event

We are thrilled to announce a brand-new workshop with Simon Alexander-Adams aka Polyhop! You may have seen his many Touchdesigner tutorials or his daily generative art on Instagram (@polyhop) and yes, we really do mean everyday! Join us and learn the techniques and philosophy behind his art practice!


We just started our Patreon. You can watch all of our live streaming workshop with the TDSW Excellent plan for $35/month. Please give it some consideration if you are going to continue taking our workshops as we will have two online events per month.



This event will be held online via Zoom webinar.



■ Date

27th June 2020 17:00-20:00 PDT

27th June 2020 20:00-23:00 EDT

28th June 2020 2:00-5:00 CEST

28th June 2020 9:00-12:00 JST


  • We recommend you join the webinar room at least 5 minutes prior to the workshop.
  • We will open the room 30 minutes prior to the event. Please complete testing your computer or device audio before the workshop.

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■ Level


■ Registration fees

You will get access to the live stream and recording of the event.

  • General live streaming & archives - 2,000 JPY + Service fee
  • Student live streaming & archives - 1,000 JPY + Service fee

■ How to join the Zoom webinar

  • You will receive an invitation to the webinar room and project files via an eventbrite email 3 hours prior to the event that day.
  • Please make sure you can receive an email from

■ Timetable (subject to change) time in EDT

19:30 - 20:00 Open

20:00 - 20:10 Introduction

20:10 - 21:00 Workshop

21:00 - 21:10 Break

21:10 - 22:00 Workshop

22:00 - 22:10 Break

22:10 - 23:00 Workshop

23:00 - 23:10 Close

■ Contents (subject to change)

This workshop looks at creating generative art using TouchDesigner, specifically focusing on techniques for creating short looping animations. This includes methods of manipulating noise, instancing geometry, post processing effects, and more generally conceptualizing looping content that begins and ends in the same place.

■ About the instructor

Simon Alexander-Adams | @polyhop

Simon Alexander-Adams is a multimedia artist and designer working within the intersection of music, visual arts and technology. He specializes in real-time generative art, interactive installations and audiovisual performances. He is inspired by the emergent patterns found in nature and uses complex systems to simulate natural phenomenon in the pursuit of organic textures and surprising interactions. He also draws on a love of fractals and geometry, science fiction and glitch art (the aesthetics of failure.)

His work has been presented at international festivals, including Electric Forest, Coachella, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the 2020 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture Shenzhen. He has worked on projects for a range of companies and clients including ARTECHOUSE, Intel, HP, GQ Magazine, and McAfee. Simon received an MA in Media Arts in 2015 from the University of Michigan, School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

Website: Simon Alexander-Adams

■ Requirements

  • A recent computer with the latest official TouchDesigner 099 installed and keyed (more information on installation and licenses here). If your computer is older please inquire if it will be appropriate for the workshop content.
  • A 2-button mouse with scroll wheel), or 3 button mouse.
  • Please consult the System Requirements to make sure your computer is capable of running TouchDesigner 099.
  • Zoom account (register for the free account here)

■ Notes

  • No refund even if you leave the event earlier.
  • The closing times may vary depending on how quickly we make progress.
  • Photos, videos, and / or screenshots will be taken at this event. We will possibly share them via our social media accounts.


If you have any questions please contact us.

■ About the organizer

TDSW | Tokyo Developers Study Weekend is an organization that runs workshops / events aiming to share techniques and knowledge about digital creative and networking among creators and manages a community with creative people. We have organized more than 50 events and had more than 2000 attendees in total since April 2018. We deliver exciting after-hours and weekends to creative people focusing visual programming tools such as TouchDesigner.