Speedchallenge 'Clean up this messy patch'

One Sentence: Whats happening in your workshop?

This is less a workshop than a competition or speedchallenge: Who is the fastest at cleaning up a really messy patch within a fixed amount of time and make it readable again - the cleanest patch wins.

What 3 tags describe your workshop?

Game, Fun, Audience Interaction

In which of the three categories does your workshop fall: beginner, intermediate, advanced

Everyone, we will have dedicated competition slots for each level.

How long will your workshop be?

One competition consists of 7 rounds with two contestants patching against each other for 3 minutes plus audience interaction and talking = 25 - 30 Minutes alltogether.

The competitions could be held on a small open stage during NODE throughout the festival on several days as a little coffee break thing or in the evening as a get-together.

Who is the target audience of your workshop?


What knowledge do you presume your participants have?

You should be familiar with basic VVVV concepts and handle a three-button-mouse like Billy the Kid his Winchester 73’.

What will attendees of your workshop learn?

What it’s like to untangle patches infront of a screaming NODE audience under time pressure.

What technical requirements does your workshop have (apart from internet and a projector)?

Stage and microphone

Who would be the two hosts?

Ideally we would have a set of hosts that provide the initial version of the messy patch for the competition. They are the judges for each round and decide who’s patch is the tidiest.

How would the hosts qualify for the topic?

The hosts have to hand in a messy patch and a cleaned up version with a description. The messier the patch - the better :) It should be a fast and easy process even during the festival to host a competition.


Sounds great :D

Deadline? > Ctrl+A, Ctrl+G,Ctrl+S


@id144 we might have an alltime-winner already before NODE even starts…

but good point: there needs to be a set of general rules for this - excluding shortcuts or even no keyboard at all? the contestants would patch and clean-up live on stage for everyone to see, so cheating would be easily visible.

@manolito Indeed, there are many different ideas on what a clean patch is. For me primary purpose of tidying patch is to keep it scalable and easy to understand for future self and for collaborators. Forbidding shortcuts and other commonly used cleanup methods wouldn’t be good. I guess it would make more sense to have committee or public voting. Hiding the mess inside of sub-patches clearly wouldn’t get a lot of appreciation :)

There is a great article by Paul Prudence published at CreativeApplications https://web.archive.org/web/20120621150816/http://www.creativeapplications.net/theory/patch-schematics-–-the-aesthetics-of-constraint-best-practices-theory (sorry @woei, sorry @filip )


@id144 @bjoern these are valuable resources and well edited pieces on ‘how to do it right’.

I see this more like a fun game in-between ‘serious’ workshops. Get on stage and be quick with the mouse for 2-3 minutes… like speed chess and not real chess :)

Can you give a messy patch example? What would a challenge look like?

Just asking for this OCB friend of mine.