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Hello World is the first sentence that every programmer experiences as a token of success. It's also the name of a series of documentaries about three open programming languages and their communities.


Artists who write code, who are able to transform the subtle movements of a bridge into remote sounds, or the shadows from a projector into interactive figures. Designers who aim to express a measure of the mediatic echo of news through aesthetic visualizations. An infinite set of new possibilities is open to creators when programming is part of their tools.

Programming can be understood as an endless set of instructions on a screen or as a language that makes things work. But, in the last decade, a revolution has happened in the visual and sonorous world that has influenced experts and beginners alike, and has spread over all the creative disciplines. New creative languages have emerged allowing users to easily learn to programme and create digital works on their own.

And this revolution has begun with two words: Hello World. The first two words that every programmer writes on the screen.

HELLO WORLD is also the title of these series of documentaries about three open programming languages that contribute to this revolution:

  • Processing: the programming tool that has made code culture and creation based on computational systems available to artists, designers and everyone around the world. Also, it has made easier the process of sketching and creation of interactive and generative works.

  • Open Frameworks: a series of programming libraries that have simplified complex procedures of interactive computation, such as real time processing of videos, thus opening an extraordinary universe of new possibilites for interaction design.

  • Pure data: based on an intuitive system of boxes and connectors that facilitate the synthesis of computational sound and its relationship with the moving image, allowing new worlds of realtime transformation of events into sound and video.

Creators and users interviewed talk throughout these documentaries about the history of this creative revolution while some of their thrilling works are exposed and explained to the spectators.


    Hello_World” aims to show:

  • The software culture that has revolutionized the codes of contemporary creation

  • The communities of creators and professionnals who, collectivelly, have built these open languages, narrowing the gap among concepts like interactivity, generativity, experimentation and real time processing, thus allowing their wide use and access.

  • The projects developed using these languages


Ultra-lab + Raúl Alaejos, co-director of the documentary Arduino

What we have

A series of interviews of the creators of these languages and important contributors.

An introductory video

Enthusiasm, skills and experience !

What we need

To proceed to another round of interviews

To edit the three documentaries

To distribute them

So Funds are for

Direction, script and edition

Videos (interviews and resources)

Resources for development (postproduction, effects, animation, kinect recordings...)

Music, subtitles, translations


Launching date



Creative Commons by-sa 3.0




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