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November 11, 2022
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INTUS x MUTEK MX Edition 18

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INTUS Open Studio, a workshop with one of the founders and developers of Derivative and TouchDesigner, and installations at Nocturne 360.

In recent years, INTUS has become a benchmark for the community dedicated to new media and technological creativity. Their projects and dynamics experiment with new media, sensory processes and diverse tools to create experiences that convert conventional spaces into interactive universes. In addition, his studio has become a space for artistic exchange, exploration, and close interaction between artists and audiences.

This incessant artistic and technological push of the creatives behind INTUS has made them a fundamental part of the MUTEK MX narrative in its recent history. In 2017 they presented the installation Tezcal as part of the Nocturne and the following year, during the XV of MUTEK MX, they amazed us with Tycho Magnetic Anomally II, an interactive installation based on the study of outer space and its relationship with the human being; finally, in 2019 they presented Réflex, one of Nocturne's interactive installations.

To celebrate its fourth consecutive participation, MUTEK MX and INTUS present a special collaboration that extends throughout the week of the festival and that invites us to go through the portal and also delve into the creative and technical processes behind INTUS.


Date: Tuesday 22, Wednesday 23 and Friday 25 November

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. m. to 4 p.m. m.


As part of the MUTEK MX program that leads us to reconnect with different spaces in Mexico City, INTUS will open the doors of its studio so that the creative community and the festival audience can learn first-hand about its technical, creative and operational processes. .

For three days, the INTUS team will carry out guided tours of this space of more than 600 m2 where filming, live presentations, exhibitions and installations are made, as well as receiving Jarrett Smith, co-founder of Derivative and TouchDesigner; and Markus Heckmann, developer of TouchDesigner, to an intense two-day workshop.

In this space for exchange and interaction we will also be able to see the process and final tests of two installations that will be part of Nocturne 360: The Swan, presented by INTUS, and Chroma: Ondes Dansantes, by the French artist Jeremy Oury and developed thanks to the MUTEK/IFAL Residence with support from INTUS.

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Taught by Jarrett Smith, co-founder of Derivative and TouchDesigner; and Markus Heckmann, developer of TouchDesigner

Date: Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 November

Time: 10 a.m. m. to 4 p.m. m.

Total duration: 10 hours



  • Laptop PC with Nvidia GPU
  • Windows 8.1 or higher / Mac OS or higher
  • 4 GB of GPU memory
  • Three button scroll mouse

Addressed to:

People who are curious to learn the TouchDesigner tool with a basic/medium level and are interested in learning more about the possibilities and potential applied to interactive multimedia installations.


The Derivative company and its Touchdesigner software are an emblem of digital creativity. TouchDesigner is a real-time programming ecosystem designed for artists looking to create immersive, interactive, and audiovisual experiences. For the past 20 years, Derivative has worked at the convergence of programming and artistic expression to produce a wide range of themed entertainment, electronic music, architecture, and visual arts.

Many of the most surprising, challenging and avant-garde audiovisual experiences throughout the history of MUTEK throughout its Network have been fully developed, or with the support of this programming language for multimedia content in real time, which has inspired the entire a global community dedicated to sharing ideas and possibilities from their use.

That is why we are very excited to share that the founders of TouchDesigner and Derivative will be in charge of giving the workshop on this tool as part of the INTUS Open Studio activities during MUTEK MX.

During two sessions, Jarrett Smith and Markus Heckmann will share the theoretical and practical elements to learn about the workflow and processes to develop an interactive audiovisual piece, with the needs and characteristics required for a festival or multimedia event.


Co-founder of Derivative and TouchDesigner. Jarrett served as the lead engineering architect behind the Living Characters system, developed exclusively for Disney/Pixar. Jarrett is also a co-visionary of the world-acclaimed Plastikman Live Tour, which went on to perform at museums such as the Guggenheim in New York. Jarrett has developed technology for many artists including Jenny Holzer and Bill Viola's installations at Qatar International Airport.


Heckmann's inspiration to work with light-based media comes from the abundance of imagery in the club scene of the late 1990s and early 2000s. After a 9-month internship with Derivative and a 6-month travel Months through history as video jockey for Canadian rock legends RUSH, Heckmann switched universities from Ilmenau to attend the Bauhaus Weimar and shaped his experimental practice previously gaining experience under the direct influence of MX-Zehn's Stefan Kraus. Derivative offered him a position as Technical Director in early 2006, embarking Heckmann on permanent resettlement in Toronto, where he has lived and worked ever since.

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Date: Saturday, November 26

Time: 6 p.m. m.

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INTUS presents The Swan

The Swan, developed by Gil Castro of INTUS, is comprised of a series of alchemy-inspired light sculptures and abstract paintings by Hilma af Klint, a pioneer of abstract painting. With a mix of led visuals, lasers, audio and software, The Swan invites us to explore the union of opposites necessary to transcend the limits of sensory perception.

Jeremy Oury presents Chroma: Ondes Dansantes

Chroma materializes hypnotic patterns of sound and color, to represent patterns inspired by pre-Hispanic lines, recreating an unpredictable and ephemeral dance. This installation that mixes lasers, software and refraction techniques, is developed by French artist Jeremy Oury at INTUS Studio during the weeks leading up to Nocturne 360, as part of the MUTEK/IFAL Residency of which he is a part. During this process, in addition to the technical support of INTUS, Oury collaborates with the sound artist Fermín Martínez aka FRCH for the sound design of the installation.

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