- Are your ideas lonely?
- Want to figure out how journalists/authors/musicians/filmmakers to get paid outside the old publishing and advertising models?
- Need to make a cell phone app?
- Do you want write a book that can evolve or pop up?
- Do you want to electrify your Art?
- Have a pet peeve? Can you invent something to make it go away?
- Need to keep an eye on your government?
Conferences like TED leave people energized, full of ideas and new directions. And then they go home. At ITP Summer Camp, you get the same kind of inspiration, but then have the time to try out some of your ideas, make progress, be part of the creative community and leave with something tangible.
Make some progress this summer. Come to ITP and learn to use the latest tools. For 30 years ITP has been a hub of experimentation in art, media and technology. Once again this June we are inviting non-students, working professionals, to come to ITP on weekends and evenings to make stuff, hear speakers on the cutting edge, collaborate with people from diverse disciplines.
ITP was founded and is grounded in the belief that making is fundamental to thinking. Like any summer camp, the atmosphere is playful, cooperative and collaborative but there’s a serious purpose. We’re looking for people who are seriously motivated… to save the world, their industry, their career or just their sanity by being creative; who are dying to make something or just make sense out of what they are doing.
The creative charge of ITP camp will come from the community of participants sharing their ideas, their skills, their criticisms and their passions with each other in small, informal groups. We’re creating a flexible structure, an Un-University, that will be responsive and supportive to the group we select. The structure is based on “unconferences” such as foocamp or barcamp, where presentations and discussions form in response to participants’ interests and projects.
ITP’s facilities––its faculty, resident tutors, and equipment––will be at your service. The creative atmosphere will help you generate ideas and implement projects and possibly broaden your own network and community of innovators and thinkers.
We want experienced, motivated and generous people. ITP is a “hands on” place, but prior technical skills are not required. There will be guides/tutors on hand to help. More important than technical skills is the diversity of people and project ideas. Connecting to people outside your field and comfort zone is always a boost for creativity. We think the ITP Camp environment will benefit projects spanning a wide range, including sociological experiments, art installations, new advertising models, health technologies, DIY biology, automatic window shades, cell phone games and dance performances. This is a non-credit program; it’s not designed for full-time students.
Some may develop a fully functioning prototype. Others will come up with new ideas and start to identify tasks and acquire skills for longer term projects. Your idea might come from your job: for example, your media publishing company is looking to develop ideas to survive technological change. You might already be in the thick of managing new technological possibilities for corporate clients and want a summer camp to apply some of this new thinking to other projects of more artistic or social benefit. In all cases the project is owned by you, we only ask that you be completely open about your work with fellow campers while participating.
The sessions will reflect the interests of the members of the camp. You can see the ideas for sessions starting to form on the schedule. Once you’ve registered, you can suggest ideas for sessions you’d like to see included (for ITP staff to organize, if possible) and schedule a session or two you’d like to lead.
Because ITP camp is for busy, working professionals, you don’t have to come to every session– come to as many or as few as you like. You are required to sign up for the sessions that you want to attend in advance, though, because sessions will be added or dropped based on enrollment. Workshop sessions will be limited in size, first come first served.
ITP’s physical configuration is one of its best assets: a good place to casually connect with people, talk, or put on your headphones and get down to work on your laptop. The space is equipped with big screens, telepresence, laser cutter, CNC router, touch sensitive surfaces, audio toys, a ceiling grid, and an equipment room stocked with unusual cameras, projectors and various black box gadgets. The Physical Computing Lab is great for electronics, sewing and construction. The Post-Production Lab has computers equipped with video and audio software. We expect people to bring their own laptop to work on.
Your application will be reviewed by two members of the ITP Faculty and Staff. Admissions is done on a rolling basis starting April 15th. We will send you a login to this site where you can start forming the camp’s agenda after you pay your fees.
Individuals: $1600 (an $800 deposit is required after acceptance.)
Complete payment is due by May 25 to keep your spot.
- ITP Alumni: 50% Use promotion code 100
- Tisch Film+TV Alumni: 50% Must register by May 1st. Use promotion code 110
- Groups of 4 or more from the same organization 25% discount. Use promotion code 200:NameOfOrganization.
- Referrals: $50 will be refunded from your fee. Have your friends use promotion code 300:YourName.
- Camp2010 Alumni receive a 25% discount for coming again! Use promotion code 400:Camp2010
- 10% Discount (after others discounts) for people who pay before April 25.
The fees are 100% refundable before the camp starts and 50% refundable during the first week.