Since this is the "on tools and technologies" group, I thought that some of you might be interested in hearing about OpenEnded Group's
new digital art programming environment — Field. It's been a quietly open source project for nearly a year now — it's behind the scenes of the Loops Open Source project, which apparently has a group on dance-tech.net
and it's what Marlon videoed me talking about in the dark here
. But we've just started bundling up beta "releases" as self contained binaries for OS X. The project is ready to hear more voices and contributions.
We think that it's a very unusual platform — like Processing etc., it's primarily concerned about the problems surrounding writing code, but unlike these tools it hybridizes textual code with visual programming to create a very malleable development environment. Field can be "customized" and interfaces layered on top of it from within Field itself. Field has a great text editor, but it's not just
a text editor.
Finally, over this beta release cycle OpenEnded Group will add to the public repositories their basic motion capture code-library and complete the documentation of their 3d rendering system which Field is based on.
More information about this project is available here
, and the documentation index is here