Processing Cities

Processing Paris Sessions #01 with Yannick Mathey


In 2010, Mark Webster organised a two day Processing workshop and exhibition in Paris at La Fonderie de l’Image. Simply titled, Processing Paris the event proved a great success with two workshops taught by Julien Gachadoat and Karsten Schmidt respectively. In April 2011, the event was repeated with three main workshops led by Christian Delécluse, Julien Gachadoat and Hartmut Bohnacker.

Soon after this second edition, Cedric Kiefer and Andreas Köberle started a monthly meet up in Germany. Processing Berlin was born. It wasn’t long before other cities joined in with Processing Ghent and Processing Bordeaux following suit.

From that humble beginning the Processing Cities initiative has developed as a project led by the Free Art Bureau. From Vancouver to Lyon, Chicago to Jakarta, communities are being created on an international level. So what is the project all about?

The Processing Cities Project wants to encourage other like minded people to set up their own events – workshops, conferences, informal talks and show & tells – revolved around using code in the creative process. And this doesn’t necessarily mean just Processing but also vvvv, Cinder, OpenFrameworks and any other code based Open Source tool. We want to spread the good word about programming and how it can be used within the arts and creative industries. Getting together and sharing our knowledge is the best means for that.

Each city chooses to organise events as they wish. In Paris, FAB is at the helm of monthly sessions for which we invite creatives to give talks and short workshops at the Batofar. We also continue to organise the yearly event, Processing Paris inviting the best professionals in the field to lead creative workshops.

So, if you would like to join in, set up an event, a monthly club or would like to help, we’d love to hear from you. Drop us an email at

You can also download a free guide that includes practical information about how you can set up a Processing City.

We created the web site as a means to centralise information so that people can have one place to go to and find the essentials on who to contact and where to get further info on a city’s events. The site is still a work in progress and we are invariably behind on adding things. Please be patient and please realise that we are not a promotional website.


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