Isadora Workshop Resource Files

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An introduction to Isadora (Troikatronix) — a versatile node-based visual programming environment, media server, and audiovisual engine for use in creating interactive installations, performances, and video artworks. This workshop is open to artists and designers from any discipline; coding knowledge is not required. Beyond establishing the user interface and technical foundations, this workshop will focus on generating real-time audiovisual effects and basic interactive systems. Please bring a laptop computer if you have one.


Isadora is an interactive media platform developed by composer and media-artist, Mark Coniglio, originally made for the performances of Troika Ranch, the multimedia dance company he co-founded with Dawn Stoppiello in 1994. This software is ideal for artists, designers, and performers who want to utilize sound, video, and various hardwares in their projects as it uses a visual ‘node-based’ programming environment rather than lines of code. Using Isadora, you can generate audiovisual effects in real-time, send to and receive information amongst applications and other tools, transform streams of video/audio/data, and create sophisticated interactive systems. 


  • Isadora has a plethora of tools built into the program: IzzyMap (projection mapping tool), a video playback engine, media organization tools, and real-time motion graphics generators for visual and lighting effects.

  • The basics of Isadora are made to be accessible with a easy-moderate learning curve. A good amount of Izzy users have successful art practices at this level. 

  • In addition to the technical information, it’s important to note that digital dramaturgy of body, light, sound, and environment will significantly contribute to your artistic projects.

  • Should you wish to learn a coding language and/or get into the complicated back-end computer processing, Isadora can offer an even greater amount of flexibility and power.

  • Isadora is asset-based. Though not necessary, proficiency with image, video and sound editing software (digital audio workstations, photography, cinematography, 3D modelling, etc.) will be handy for creating media to be used within Isadora.


System Requirements:


MacOS 10.10 or greater *

2GB RAM mininum, 4GB or greater recommended

2.0 GHz i5 Processor minimum

*If you are using macOS Sierra, make sure to use 10.12.3 or later. There were problems with previously releases of Sierra that caused slowdowns in Isadora, but the new release seems to have solved the problem


Windows 10

2GB RAM mininum, 4GB or greater recommended

2.0 GHz i5 Processor minimum

Apple's QuickTime 7.6 or greater **

** QuickTime has been deprecated by Apple. We are working to remove all dependencies on QuickTime from Isadora, but it is quite a large task. We will have a non-QuickTime release by Autumn 2018. If you need QuickTime for Windows, you can get it here from Apple on this page:


The goal of this workshop is to grant you the ability to create digital media artworks by introducing you to the basic setup and functionality of Isadora. You will complete this workshop with foundational knowledge on how to navigate the software, play within it, and create your own basic interactive structures. You will also see a quick overview of other ways that Isadora can be used.


  • 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm — Introductions (30 min) 

  • 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm — Basic Principles (30 min) 

  • 7:00 pm to 7:50 pm — Interface Tour (25 min) + Using Scenes and Playing Video (25 min) 

  • 7:50 pm to 8:00 pm — Break #1 (10 min)

  • 8:00 pm to 8:30 pm — Real Time Video Processing (15 min) and Actor Settings (15 min)

  • 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm — Generators + Value Scaling (30 min)

  • 9:00 pm to 9:10 pm — Break #2 (10 min)

  • 9:10 pm to 9:20 pm — Interactive Control Basics (10 min)

  • 9:20 pm to 9:30 pm — Using the Control Panel (10 min)

  • 9:30 pm to 10:00 pm — Open Jam, Questions, Next Steps, and Discussion (30 min)


Recognized as a pioneering force in the integration of dance and media, composer/media artist Mark Coniglio creates large-scale performance works that integrate music, dance, theater and interactive media. A native of Nebraska, Mark received his degree in music composition in 1989 from California Institute of the Arts where he studied with electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick. From that early time, Coniglio’s artistic practice has included the creation of custom interactive systems that allow performers to manipulate video, sound, and light in real-time. His first technological breakthrough came in 1989 when he created MidiDancer, a wireless system that allowed a performer to interactively control music. His passion for giving control to the performer led him to create the award-winning software Isadora®, a flexible graphic programming environment that provides interactive control over digital media. Mark’s writings about new media in performance have appeared in numerous books and journals, including “New Visions In Performance”, “La Scena Digitale: Nuovi Media Per La Danza” and Movement Research Journal. He relocated from New York to Berlin, Germany in 2008.


Milton Lim
is a Vancouver-based artist. His work is engaged with global politics, the cataloguing/archiving/indexing of public data, and resource allocation. These thematic interests are bolstered by a continued interest in game mechanics, typography architecture, and high-frequency content. He holds a BFA (Hons.) in theatre performance from Simon Fraser University.

He has created works for and performed in various international festivals and venues including PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (Vancouver), CanAsian Dance Festival (Toronto), Carrefour international de théâtre festival (Quebec City), IMPACT Festival (Kitchener), Seattle International Dance Festival, Risk/Reward Festival (Portland), artsdepot (London), Battersea Arts Centre (London), New Theatre Royal (Portsmouth), Strike a Light Festival (Gloucester), and Australia’s Darwin Festival. Milton's video media works have been presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery, San Franscisco State University, and VIVO Media Arts Centre.

In 2016 he was awarded the Ray Michal Prize for Outstanding Body of Work at the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards. He is Co-Artistic Director of Hong Kong Exile, Co-Director of Gold Saucer Studio, and an Artistic Associate with Theatre Conspiracy. Milton is the recent Artist-in-Residence with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (2016 - 2018). 


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