Special Tagtool Event in Vienna

Presented by OMAi, the originators of the Tagtool, this promises to be the ‘not to be missed’ Tagtool event of the year! Tickets are free and you can get them online from the organisers – but this will be a very popular event, so if you can be in Vienna next week, don’t delay, apply for your tickets right now!

Meet the New Tagtool!
We are very pleased to welcome you to the celebration of the new evolution of Tagtool on Wednesday November 26th at WUK cultural center in Vienna.

The OMAi team will present their new creation, and give an exclusive insight into their own artistic work, which has recently taken them to the U.S., South America and the Middle East. The evening also features a performance byWeisse Wände combining improvisational music, image and spoken word, as well as exquisite projections by international Tagtool artists.

The new Tagtool is based on the proven formula of “live drawing and animation”, while opening up the concept to a wider audience. The new Tagtool will be available worldwide in December 2014.

Event Details

Wednesday, November 26th, 7pm
WUK / Projektraum, Währinger Straße 59, 1090 Wien

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Tagtool at Slany Museum

The performance was held in the inner courtyard of Slany Local History Museum. The projector was set up beside the decorative ironwork of the well to avoid it casting shadows on my drawing. As the weather was cold and dry we didn’t need to shelter the equipment under a gazebo so I positioned the Tagtool near the middle of the courtyard and by the time the performance began, despite the cold, the courtyard was crowded with people, both adults and children.Dima had assembled a nice varied playlist to accompany my drawing and the programme lasted for just over one hour (which I think was more than long enough for most of the people, especially the younger children, to stand outside in the cold!) I started with a suitably wintry landscape….…and then I began to draw something a bit more colourful.

An urban landscape to accompany the song, ‘Melancholy Man’ by Can Gox

…and again something a bit lighter as introduction to my final drawing sequence!


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At Club Jedárna

Our friend Martin from Suncab invited us to do some Tagtooling at a gig in this interesting cellar venue in Strakonice on Wednesday evening. I decided to draw on the wall rather than the very small screen behind the performers. As all the lighting was focused on the stage it was very dark (great for drawing!) and the texture of the curved stone wall provided a nice extra dimension to the drawing.These are some photos of drawings to accompany the first set by Oswaldovi & Andrea Rottin. I hadn’t heard the band before and had only a couple of minutes before the show to discuss what I would draw – so it was all very improvised!Below – Oswaldovi & Andrea Rottin onstage.After the break I did some more drawing for the band playing in the second half of the programme. Photo below – Susie Asado, Berlin-based but from the US.She gave a spoken introduction about the subject matter of each song for the audience and was singing in English, so it was easier for me to try to make appropriate drawings as accompaniment. Here’s a selection…..So – it was another very nice Tagtooling visit to Strakonice. The club Jedárna had a very good atmosphere and I really enjoyed my evening of drawing!

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At Akropolis Multimediale 2014 Festival

cartonnage_multimediale_11_20141025_1808795046We provided the visuals for Cartonnage‘s performance on Friday night – a one and a half hour show on the main stage of the Palác Akropolis concert venue.Above, Thursday night – preparing the stage. The orchestra was to be separated from the band by this curtain of transparent tulle on which I would draw.Above, the enormous theatre projector and below, my ‘test’ drawing to try it out.All of the band’s seventeen songs for the concert were under five minutes long. We were able to listen to the playlist beforehand and for some songs we prepared a ‘background’ Tagtool drawing against which I could draw live at the performance; for others we used live animation – so it was quite a complicated set up, with Dima having to do a lot of last-minute patching to make sure everything worked! The combination of the theatre lighting and Tagtool drawing on the tulle worked well, despite the fact that we didn’t have time to have a proper rehearsal to check how the different elements of the performance would work all together – which made me extra nervous! Also, Dima didn’t have any time to set up our camera to take photos before the performance, but I looked on musicweb.cz and fortunately found a lot of very nice pictures by Eva Makovská of the concert. Here are some I’ve selected to end this post.18_cartonnage_akropolis_24_10_2014 (1)The two photos below show how the stage lighting altered the whole atmosphere of my drawing – which added an interesting extra dimension to the visuals!
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Tagtool at Signal 2014 – Prague

1-P1000728This BYOB event at the Signal festival, organised by Nicola Pavone (VJ Luper), was held at Podnik Club in Bubenska 1. This impressive Functionalist building formerly owned by the Prague Electricity Company is now home to a variety of design studios, offices and young creative companies. We have Tagtooled here before, as it’s where Lunchmeat have their HQ and club NEONE, but it was the first time that I had drawn on the outside of the main entrance to the building.2-P1000730This presented quite a challenge because of all the windows and there was a lot of ambient light both fixed and from the cars passing on the highway in front of the building. We borrowed two Acer 6000 lumen projectors from Lunchmeat and positioned the Tagtool at the far side of the car park. With this set up (and using our new Honda EU 20i generator to power everything) we were able to cover the full width of the entrance block as a ‘canvas’ for drawing.4-P1000769I was only able to go inside to the club for a few minutes between drawings so I didn’t see much of the other performances or VJ sets – which was a pity as there seemed to be a lot of interesting installations and visuals at the party. But the weather was good, dry and not too cold, and lots of people came outside to see my drawings. Here are some photos that Dima took for me….5-P10007776-P1000795 Once the last of the lights in the offices had been switched off and the whole of the facade of the building above the entrance was in darkness there was nothing to distract me so I continued to develop this longer sequence of drawing.1-P10007997-P10008138-P1000828Using a generator as our power source meant that we didn’t have any wires trailing from the building and across the car park that could be tripped over or accidentally unplugged during the performance. Also, our generator was working continuously for more than four hours, proving conclusively that it has been a really good investment for this kind of outdoor performance.9-P1000853

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Concert in Koper – video


Unfortunately Dima was only able to video twenty minutes of this concert before the battery in his camera failed and the strong wind that was blowing through the open colonnade of the venue also produced some problems with the sound quality. This is a pity because Mahesh Vinayakram, Matija and Nika Solce, Žiga Šercer, members of the band Sekete Feretlek and Duo Duo with Danila produced an evening of truly unforgettable music-making in a programme that moved seamlessly between traditional song and Indo-balkan fusion. Drawing to this music was a real joy for me and I wished that the concert could have been twice as long!

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Tagtooling in Slovenia! (part 2)

Above is a view of Grad Snežnik, pictured in this photo by Ana Jeran reflected in the clear water of the lake by day, and below, the same view at night with one of the drawings that I made during the Floating Castle Festival to accompany the groups of musicians who played beneath the arched entrance to the castle.The white painted exterior of the castle was the perfect surface for Tagtooling, with the reflections in the lake adding an extra dimension to the drawings…For the drawing below I decided to make use of these reflections in the water to create the illusion of the woman and child bathing in the lake.Musicians also played on a ‘floating stage’, moving slowly across the lake. (This was an historic wooden boat, carved from a single massive tree trunk, which had been brought by lorry from a local museum specially for the festival and had to be lowered by a team of men into the water!) For this part of the programme I drew only abstract patterns on the castle wall as a backdrop for the music.Dima took the projector from the tripod, moving it to focus on the boat at it slowly crossed the lake. As I continued to draw, this movement of the projector set up the most amazing patterns and reflections in the water and on the castle walls but unfortunately I don’t have any photos of this except for this one very dark image that I took with my little camera while I was drawing…On Friday night the band Ethnotrip was playing under the trees at the entrance to the castle. For this performance we moved the Tagtool and projector so that I could draw over the whole of the front of the castle – which was great fun! I made several drawings from this position – so here are some more photos.On Saturday night there wasn’t a performance in front of the castle so instead of moving the projector I spent the whole evening just standing drawing by the lakeside – which gave me time to develop this more detailed image.As the projection distances to both the front and side of the castle were quite long, using the 6000 lumen Acer projector which gave a large and bright image was really great (a big ‘thank you’ to Lunchmeat from Prague!). It also meant that Dima could set up our smaller projector as well as his LED lights inside Suncab’s dome tent so that people could try out the Tagtool mini for themselves. I’ll end this post with one of Christina’s drawings which, together with Dima’s lights, created a nice party atmosphere for the late night revellers…

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