Planeta VIDA, the platform designed for viewing the Art and Artificial Life International Awards that can be consulted on this website, was developed by Ultra-lab, who have now begun a series of documentaries on Processing programming languages, Open Frameworks and Pure data. They have called it Hello World! (which refers to the first sentence used to test programming languages). This series of documentaries aims to explore the possibilities of these open source applications that have changed the way in which artists, designers, musicians and creators of all kinds develop their projects and share them with an increasingly large community of users.
The first documentary in the Hello World! series, Hello World! Processing, presents an introduction to programming languages, showing above all that the world around us is governed by codes and processes which require communication and coordination between different agents. By applying these principles to the field of IT, we can use algorithms to generate innovative creation processes which apply the logics of living systems. Through a series of interviews and fragments of historical documentaries, the short film shows the possibilities offered by computers in artistic production, design and other creative environments, while also providing introductory concepts on the Processing platform for programming, created by Ben Fry and Casey Reas in 2001 and developed since then by a large community of programmers and creators worldwide.