PdCon09 is the “Third International Puredata Convention”, to happen in São Paulo -Brazil/July 2009

Puredata, or just Pd , is an open source tool for
multimedia programming. Because of its open source nature, much of its
development result from a community effort of developers worldwide. Some
centers do have more people engaged, like the places that held the two
previous conventions.

the first convention took place in Graz, Austria, in 2004
http://puredata.info/community/projects/convention04/. The second happened
in Montreal, Canada, in 2007 http://pure-data.ca/en/. It is a great
satisfaction that we continue this event by bringing it to yet another
continent, with the intent to promote the formation of an important group of
developers locally. In fact, in may of 2008, we had a national convention in
Brazil http://www.estudiolivre.org/tiki-index.php?page=Encontro%20PD, which
followed the same format of the previous international conventions, and
worked as a first gathering to organize this international event. The format
includes the show of artistic works, academic works, discussion regarding
the interests of the community, and diverse courses.


We invite artists, producers, developers and further enthusiasts of the open
source tool Puredata to send works and projects alike in the following

A) Art Festival: (Art Installations, Concerts, Performances & Audiovisual
B) Mini-Courses & Workshops.
C) Paper Sessions/Posters.
D) Round Tables & Discussions.

Applicants are invited to submit in multiple categories, especially if
related (example: paper + artwork) – not that this will favor in the
selection process.

Please note we are looking for a diverse collection of works, hence there
might be a selection among several similar proposals (and more unique and
original ones might have some advantage).

Let us know if you have an institution support that may cover travel
expenses, we are looking for partnerships to help with funds.

The event will be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from July 19th to july 26th,

Possible (yet to be properly officialized) Locations & Partnerships:
– MIS, Sao Paulo’s Museum of Image & Sound.
– PUC, School of Multimedia & Design.
– SESC-SP, Sao Paulo.

Promotional Support:
– CCSL (FOSS Competence Center) http://ccsl.ime.usp.br/


Acceptance notice: APRIL 10th, 2009!
Here is the address to send works & questions to: pdcon09@estudiolivre.org

Addresses of the Official webpage for news updates & more info:

Proposals for the Art Festival:
Performances, Concerts, Audiovisual Presentations & Art Installations (audio
And/Or Visual):
As it is the general concept of the event, we long for the discussion
regarding the aesthetics and politics of Free / Open Source Software Culture
& technology. In such context, we welcome all forms of works related to
audio and/or visual, including real-time interactive works, improvisations,
Live electronics/instrumental/electroacoustic mixes, Sound installations,
Performances, Network art, Robotics, Software Art and Interdisciplinary

Demonstrations and General Info about Artistic works can be submitted online
in Portuguese, Spanish, or English. Please, specify the necessary materials
so we can do our best to provide them.

If language is a part of the artwork, the festival is open to any idiom,
although subtitles in English should be provided when applicable.

We look for art installations that adopted Puredata in its development.
Nevertheless, at the last extent, we are open for works realized under the
context of Puredata (using puredata in some part of the process) as well as
open source tools.

We are looking for partners to help us with tickets. Any suggestion is

Note for ART-INSTALLATIONS (Audio And/Or Visual):
In order to avoid dependence on travel funds from the event, it would be
nice to have some works installed without the need for the artist(s) to be
on-site. This also implies that such works should be technically simple.

Call for Posters/Papers:
Abstracts and papers may be submitted in English. The works will be
organized in categories depending on what we receive. At first, we
contemplate a greater distinction into 3 categories: Technical, Artistic and

The topics are generally open to the usage of Puredata in interactive art
production/research, the philosophy and social aspect of Free Open Source
Culture, and scientific research. Some possible themes could include:

– Programming Puredata externals
– Puredata versus Max/MSP
– Puredata versus SuperCollider, CSound, Processing and alike
– Hacking Puredata
– Future Projections for Puredata
– Hacktivist culture
– OpenContent and Creative Commons versus Intellectual Property forms
– Finding an Art Historical context for Open-Source Software Art
– Sampling and Plunderphonics as artistic strategies
– Computer-Supported Cooperative Work
– Networking
– Live Coding
– Philosophy, Culture and Sociology of Open Source Software and Open Works
– Aesthetics of New Media/New Technology Art
– Using Puredata in Science/Research & Artistic Works: (Digital Signal
Processing, Generative Works, Artificial Intelligence/Life & Computer-Aided
Work in General, User Interfaces – Human computer interaction/Virtual
reality interaction -, Realtime Performance, Auditory/Visual perception and
cognition, Acoustics/Psychoacoustics Modeling, Sound Synthesis, Timbre &
Sound Models, Biological and medical uses of Puredata.

And so on…

Check Submission of Works for Poster & Paper guidelines

If you wish to send a Poster, the limit is 4 pages, other works are limited
to 6 pages.

Round Table and Discussions should be proposed on the puredata list:
http://lists.puredata.info/listinfo/pd-list, to be discussed and decided
upon previously by the community and participants in general.

The rest needs to be sent through our online system, with the provided Paper
Template And Forms

The online submission is due to open on monday, Feb 16th of 2009, check
http://convention.puredata.info for news and links. Questions about it must
be sent to .

Poster Guidelines: 120cm height x 90cm wide

Papers are limited to 6 pages and must be submitted as PDFs.

If you wish to send a Poster, please send a short Paper limited to 4 pages.

We are studying the possibility of publishing the works online (both papers
& Posters) in digital/hypertextual format s well as in a printed version
with DVD-ROM.