In the context of Cluster Series 2023 Labor Neunzehn is pleased to present a 2-day live coding workshop with Alexandra Cárdenas.

Participation Fee € 10

Anyone interested in arts and technology is encouraged to attend the workshop.
No specialist knowledge is required to follow the two-day workflow, other than own laptop + headphones, curiosity, open-mindedness and an attitude for listening to sound and music. All open source software required for the livecoding practice sessions will be downloaded and installed during the workshop. The workshop is intended to be inclusive and welcoming to everyone interested, emphasizing non-male, non-white people.


Day One 09.12.2023 14:00
  • Get to know
  • Installing and accessing tools
  • Hands-on creation of sound patterns
  • Socializing of our discoveries
Day Two 10.12.2023 14:00
  • In-depth acquaintance with the tools
  • Collaborative performances
  • Individual performances (if so desired)

Labor Neunzehn
Kiefholzstraße, 19/20
12435 Berlin, Treptow-Köpenick

Live coding is a practice in the digital arts that was born in the electroacoustic music academic scene and flourishes in diverse performing arts and other disciplines that look for new ways to approach liveness in creation. Due to its inclusive nature, it is practiced by a global community that through diverse communication channels offers the possibility to mix and rethink given social and artistic paradigms. Born in the UK, the practice has extended to many countries and has gained interest in diverse artistic, technological, and investigative fields.
Live coding is centered upon the writing and manipulation of source code and the use of interactive programming in an improvised way. Typically, the process of writing source code is made visible by projecting the computer screen into the audience space. Live coding techniques are also employed outside of performance, such as in producing sound for film or audiovisual work for interactive art installations. Also, the interconnection between computers makes it possible to realize this practice networked in groups.
Live coding is born in a hacker environment, where open-source philosophy, transparency, and sharing are structural. By creating and making use of open-source software, live coders are liberated from impositions inherent to commercial software, allowing for a highly personalized universe of personal expression.

Alexandra Cárdenas is a composer, programmer, improviser, and live coder. Her work focuses on the algorithmic behavior of music and the exploration of musicality within code.
She is a core member of the international live coding and algorave communities and teaches and performs worldwide using the live coding languages SuperCollider and TidalCycles. In 2017, she was the Chair of the International Live Coding Conference in Morelia, Mexico. Alexandra studied composition at the Los Andes University in Bogota, Colombia, where she was born, and later completed a Sound Studies and Sonic Arts Master’s Degree at Universität der Künste, Berlin, where she lives. Besides her live-coded music works, she has composed contemporary pieces for orchestra, ensembles, and soloists and worked with theater companies in Mexico, Belgium, and Germany. Her independent research on the idea of control in music composition through live coding has taken her to investigate topics such as the sublime, randomness and generative creation, embodiment, and more recently, privacy and freedom in digital media. Her current work in progress, the opera CITIZEN 4 for Virtual Reality, is a juncture point in her research and performing, and composing experience.


The project CLUSTER is generously supported by Initiative Neue Musik Berlin / field notes and Dezentrale Kulturarbeit Berlin-Treptow


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