Another concert with Vložte kočku

Tagtooling again with the band last Saturday at ‘pop up’ club Blink, in Prague….
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Projections at Mladá Boleslav

In January and February we had some ‘time off’ from Tagtooling so I didn’t have any new things to post – but this month we have made a cycle of drawings for projection on this beautiful building in the centre of Mladá Boleslav.This project, accompanying a week long event of film screenings held in the town, was being managed by Vaclav from the Lunchmeat crew. Unusually for us, this meant that we were working to a brief and preparing the visual material in the studio rather than drawing live ‘on-site’. I had to make three drawings to represent three different periods in the town’s history…
First, the settlement in the 16C of the Protestant Brothers, the ‘Unitas Fratrum’,then in the 18C, came the establishment of an important Jewish community in the town, when it became known as ‘the Jerusalem of the north’(above, my drawing in the studio and below, the ‘on-site’ version)and lastly after World War II……up to the present day, when Mladá Boleslav has become famous as the centre for the production of Škoda cars.As can be seen in the photos above, I worked out the three compositions in the studio by making my Tagtool drawing over a projection of a photograph of the building. The drawings were then speeded up to fit the required length of the programme. As part of the linking elements of the projection I also made these drawings of figures at the lighted windows.This was the only part of the drawing that was mapped and made on location (which, because in was necessary to have the building’s floodlights turned off, had been arranged to take place the evening before the first performance. Unfortunately it was an evening of pouring rain and high wind and while I was drawing, our gazebo sheltering the computer and Tagtool, despite being tied down to the caravan housing the projector, got completely twisted and buckled out of shape. I was damp and shivering so much that I could hardly hold my pen!). I’m glad to say that the weather was much kinder on Friday when Dima made this video of the whole performance!


The graphics are by Jan Hladil (zephid) and the specially composed music is by William Yates (memotone).

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At NoD Gallery, Prague – 12 December

A great location with white painted walls – ideal for some serious Tagtooling!This event, featuring DJ Andy Votel (Finders Keepers Records), provided a great opportunity for me to have a really fun evening of freestyle drawing.
Below are four photos from my first drawing sequence of the evening.Then I ‘covered up’ these heads with a lot of abstract mark-making, drawing in time to the rhythm of the music…….and added some silhouettes of dancers.During the evening Dima took lots of photos – here is a selection.
I drew some more heads……and a scary witch….…then something brighter to provide a ‘happy ending’ to the evening’s drawing!

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Three concerts with Vložte kočku

On 8 December the band performed their new album at Club B72 in Vienna. This quite small venue is built up on two levels underneath some railway arches.Above – Dima installing the Tagtool on the balcony upstairs for the visuals. He only needed to use one of our projectors to cover the small screen behind the band on the stage. The two photos below show well the set up with our visuals behind the band, as seen from the balcony and from ground level downstairs.
While I was drawing and Dima was busy manipulating the underlying video Seppi very kindly took lots of photos – here’s a selection below.

In the second half of the programme Seppi and I got ready to do a Tagtool for iPad multiplayer session to accompany the Austrian band Neonstream….….but because their bass player took ill just before the concert began the two other band members decided to play a different set of improvisations for their performance. Having no idea of what the musicians were going play made me very nervous, but Seppi’s Tagtool for iPad animation skills really saved the day, and it turned out to be very enjoyable session – as I hope these photos show!

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At the concert in Jablonec on 10 December at Klub Na Rampě, which was a much bigger venue than B72 in Vienna, Vložte kočku were the sole performers.The width of the stage in this club enabled us to use two short throw projectors with our dual head and set up a wide screen behind the band for the visuals.The raised area at the back of the auditorium was ideal for our Tagtool and video set up – for once I didn’t have to stand on a box to see what I was drawing over the heads of the audience and Dima had plenty of room to set up his video camera too! I’ll post Dima’s video later but meantime here is a still to show the wide screen set up – which was really our preferred format for the visuals.

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On 11 December Vložte kočku played at the opening of the Cena EXIT 2013 exhibition organised by the Design Department of J. E. Purkynje University. This event took place at the Galerie Emila Filly in an interesting old industrial building in Ústí nad Labem. The white-painted room where the concert took place had big windows, no stage and was quite small, but it had a very high ceiling with an enormous and very beautiful chandelier in the centre. Once the windows were covered by a large white canvas we were able to project on the whole wall behind the band and Dima set up a second projector so that I could make a little Tagtool for iPad animation on the ceiling around the chandelier.Several of the students were unfamiliar with the Tagtool and were interested in it, so I did this quick drawing while the band were having their sound check.

Dima took a lot of video at these concerts. He’s not quite finished editing it so I will put it in my next posting!

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Alternativa Festival 2013 – Video

This was the first time that we have made the visuals to accompany Vložte kočku’s performance of their new album, SEAT.


Dima had planned to record all of the concert but unfortunately he was only able to make this short video clip because for most of the performance people in the audience who were standing in front of the stage completely obscured his view.

Vložte kočku are performing this album on Sunday 8 December at Club B72 in Vienna and again we will be doing the accompanying live visuals. In the same programme Maki and I will be doing Tagtool drawing for the Austrian band Neonstream – so to see both ‘oldschool’ Tagtool and Tagtool for iPad ‘in action’, do come along to Club B72 on Hernalser Gürtel Bogen in Vienna on Sunday!

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At Alternativa 2013

The Czech Band Vložte kočku were presenting their new album SEAT at a concert at HooDoo Music Club in Prague as part of the Alternativa Festival.
The album is out now on Soundcloud – do check it out here.It was the first time that we had worked with the band so for this performance, to go with their new material, we decided to do something a bit different from our usual Tagtool drawing. Dima made a lot of video clips in black and white in which he combined found footage with material he shot using his circular video camera rig. Below – stills from three of these ‘circular’ videos that, together with the (figurative) found footage, were to form the ‘background’ for my drawing.At the performance I did live Tagtool drawing in monochrome on top of this underlying video but unfortunately this meant that we were too busy, me drawing and Dima manipulating the video clips, to able to take any photos. But Honza Kebrdle, who was making a video of the concert for the festival, very kindly made a copy for us so I could have some screen shots for my blog.

A lot of the screen shots are rather dark but in the one below the video, which can’t be seen in most of the photos, shows up quite clearly and the contrast is plainly visible between the drawn and photographic images.
But not all of my drawing was figurative ….
…and here my drawing, which appears partly on the ‘surface’ and in part is ‘cutting through’ to the video beneath, combines with it to complete the image.

There are two upcoming concerts where we will be providing more visuals for Vložte kočku – in Vienna at Club B72 on 8 December and in Jablonec on 10 December.

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At The Devil’s Masquerade Ball

The theme of this masked ball took its inspiration from the scene of Great Ball at Satan’s in the novel by Mikhail Bulgakov, ‘The Master and Margarita’.The brick-vaulted basement of the Lucky Lucky Bar is long and narrow with the stage at one end but there was plenty space for drawing on the curved side wall.
The distortion of the drawing caused by this curved surface when seen from an oblique angle didn’t matter at all – it just added to the spooky atmosphere….
In keeping with the theme of the ball, the dress code for guests was black and white and a lot of people came in costume. As you can see in the photos below, as well as drawing, this was a great opportunity for me to make a devil mask for Dima to wear, and also some devilish makeup and small horns for myself!I did a lot of drawing during the evening, most but not all, in black and white, in keeping with the ‘infernal’ theme of the event. Below are some photos….



Live music at the event was provided by Duchess & The Kittens….
….and there was also a spectacular Fire Show by members of Tribo Fuego!I joined the audience to see the Fire Show but then went back to my Tagtool to do some more drawings. I decided to use colour just for a change…
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And, no, it wasn’t snowing when we set off for home at 4 am!

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