Tagtool in Berlin – Part 1

P1030663Drawing on Saturday 6 February at the Turkish duo FezayaFirar‘s ‘Elektronischer Salon’ at Gelegenheiten in Neukölln.P1020832It was great to have this opportunity to draw with Emre and Melech again.  This concert was held in a former butcher’s shop on a street corner and although the shop was not big, it had a lovely warm  atmosphere. The white tiles of the interior were an ideal surface for Tagtool drawing too!DSC00652Our Epson projector gave an image that covered the whole wall from floor to ceiling and the big shop windows on either side of the door meant that the drawing could be seen clearly from the street – nice!P1110861I only had a short time to test the Tagtool and projector while the musicians set up their equipment.  Then I made this landscape so that there was a drawing for people to look at before the concert began.P1030672 Because we forgot to pack the chargers for our cameras (typical!) I thought there might be no photos for the blog – so I must say a big ‘thank-you’ to our friends Don Moss, Bjela Prossowsky and Kuba Pešek  for kindly sharing their photos of the concert with me.  (Result – lots of high quality photos which made it very difficult to make this selection!)

When the concert began I covered the wall with transparent colour….P1020839…and used this as a background for some line drawing…DSC07578…adding figures in black and white in the foreground…P1020845DSC00649P1110881…and then some really big heads…DSC00667DSC00673P1110893…and below are two photos from the last drawing sequence of the concert. P1020857P1030707

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tagtool at La Fabrika, Prague

P1070044My first big Tagtool session of 2016 was this temporary floor to ceiling mural  at La Fabrika, where Vložte kočku were holding their 8th anniversary concert on Wednesday 20 January.  I had made live Tagtool drawings to accompany Vložte kočku’s programme, ‘Otázka času’ at this theatre in Prague last year, and for this year’s concert Dima made a new design of LED lights and projections for the stage.  I made this Tagtool mural in the afternoon during rehearsals so that there would be some artwork for people to look at in the evening in the bar when they arrived – and also during the interval at the concert.P1070037It was great to have this opportunity to use the Tagtool to make a really big painting.  The Slévárna studio at La Fabrika is a wonderful space and on the black screen ‘wall’ our Epson projector produced vibrant colours and lovely velvety blacks.  I was able to take my time and build up the composition slowly using lots of layers of drawing.  The photo above shows the scale of the work…P1070034 …and this is a photo of the drawing as it appeared in the monitor attached to my Tagtool workstation.  In order to cover the whole wall in the bar from floor to ceiling our projector had to be mounted at ceiling height at the opposite end of the hall.  Unfortunately the cable that I had brought to connect to my Tagtool only just reached to the ground, which meant that I had to stand directly underneath the projector and at this distance I was too far away to see any detail in my drawing.  Having this little monitor to glance at from time to time proved to be very handy!

Below is another photo taken from my monitor that shows the finished mural.P1070041

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Berg Orchestra Concert

Berg_birds_last_imageTagtool drawing at the Berg orchestra concert held in the Museum of Music in Prague on Monday 7 December. The concert opened with the first public performance of Slyšíš ty ptáky (You hear the birds), a new work for soprano and orchestra by the Czech composer Jana Vöröšová. Below is the text of Ivan Wernisch‘s poem.

Slyšíš ty ptáky             You hear the birds

Slyšíš, ti ptáci                You hear the birds
volají,                               calling,
jako by volali                 as if they were calling
tebe                                   you

Ne, mne ne                     No, not me
volají                                 they call
mé jméno,                       my name,
mne ne                             not me

Jak rád bych věděl,        I would love to know,
co znamená                     what means
mé jméno                         my name
v řeči ptáků                      in birds’ language

I made the practice drawings below at the rehearsal on Sunday.P1060970P1060993P1070005It was great to have this opportunity to hear the music and to try out ideas for drawing before the performance. The pierced wall and interior stairway of the museum made for a very interesting drawing surface but as Slyšíš ty ptáky was quite a short piece of music, (under 10 minutes long) I had to draw very quickly!

I was also asked to provide a visual accompaniment to the final piece in the programme, Giya Kancheli‘s ‘Midday Prayers’. For this music ( which was about 25 minutes long) I kept the drawing very slow and minimal, using mostly transparent layers, beginning in monochrome and only adding colour towards the end of the work when the boy soprano began to sing. For parts of the drawing Dima made some animation and fading for me, following the tempo of the music.  Below are some screenshots taken from his video camera.00004_0105800004_00721

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‘River of Dreams’

P1060915Drawing at the children’s charity fundraising event organised by Letní dům on the riverside at Mala Strana in Prague on Thursday 26 November.P1060923This was a great location for Tagtool drawing! On the causeway leading down to the water’s edge there were tents for refreshments and the sale of paper lanterns to float on the water. The evening began with a puppet show for the children, followed by music from the Tango Jazz Band.P1060928While people were watching the puppet show I developed this landscape with foreground figures on the facade of the Containall building…P1100743
P1100766…and when the band was playing I drew on the wall next to the stage too.P1060936From my position at the edge of the little park above the causeway I had a clear uninterrupted view…12309892_909652305782756_5800551950924843023_o…and this official photo also shows the Panasonic projector provided by AV Media – a big powerful beast with a lens the size of a tea-plate giving super bright images that could clearly be seen from across the river – great for this kind of event!12304137_909652272449426_7920948784901853573_oWhile I was drawing Dima took lots of photos, including these of the stunning view of Charles Bridge from the riverside and the crowds of people waiting (with the swans!) to float their lanterns on the water.P1100758P1100745Here are some more photos of my drawing to accompany the jazz band….P1100785P1100800It was great to be able to draw on such a large scale and while the band was playing lots of people danced in front of the wall and took photos. P1100803The grand finale of the evening’s entertainment was a spectacular performance by the Hypnotica Fire and Light group and for this I ‘erased’ the figures on the wall to provide a cool blue and black background…P1100812…and then took a short break from drawing to enjoy the fire show.P1100818P1100826P1100834 After the fire show crowds of people remained, taking photos and watching the lanterns floating on the water.  This was a really enjoyable family event and I was very happy to have this opportunity to do these Tagtool drawings in this wonderful location – despite the cold weather!P1100854

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Mutanti Hledaj Východisko at Fléda

IMG_1201This photo was taken before the concert given by Mutanti Hledaj Východisko at Club Fléda in Brno on Friday night.  It’s  a practice drawing for their song ‘Johana’, about a big wild boar –  not my usual subject matter!  At the concert I also drew an urban housing estate, landscape, mutant animals and children to accompany Mutanti’s set  but unfortunately as Dima wasn’t able to come to Brno with me I don’t have any photos from the performance itself.

I was very nervous about having do this Tagtool session without Dima to help me (the first time this has happened!) , but thanks to Lukas Bejbl, who not only helped set up the Tagtool but also manned the gamepad for the animations, everything worked out just fine!

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Drawing with FezayaFirar in Prague

It was great to be able to do some Tagtool drawing at the Cafe Prostoru_ concert on Thursday with Turkish musicians FezayaFirar, but it was very much a last minute decision as we didn’t know whether it would be at all possible to draw at this venue. However when the cafe spotlights were turned off, the white window blinds behind the musicians provided me with an ideal ‘canvas’ for Tagtooling.

Instead of making several drawings I decided to slowly develop and change this initial image in response to FezayaFirar’s experimental electronic music, adding layers of transparent colour, partially fading and adding some figures, then covering this with solid colour and doing more drawing and fading.

Although I had heard FezayaFirar play at the Floating Castle Festival in Slovenia, this was the first time I had an opportunity to draw with them. The pace and texture of their music was great for drawing so this concert was an unexpected pleasure for me! Dima took lots of photos and there was also some video. But now I will post only photos, and put the edited video later in a separate posting.Above is the image overlaid with transparent colour which I then faded out, painted the background black and continued to draw in monochrome…


…then painted out the central section covering it with patches of solid colour…
…and added some dancing figures to end the session.
Below – FezayaFirar turn round to watch the drawing slowly fade to black.

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At Radio Wave, Prague

A concert given by Mutanti Hledaj Východisko on 21 September, 2015.The Radio Wave Studio in Prague is a fantastic space – but Tagtool drawing over the dark colours and elaborate patterning of the acoustic tiles was no easy matter and there was only a short time for me to make the drawing below and assess the effects of the stage lighting before the concert was scheduled to begin!


It was a rather low key beginning for the first song, just some leaves and flowers..…and then it was time for the mutants to appear……followed by a song about a father and his son.For the images to be seen on the dark background I used mostly solid colour, but I also tried to incorporate the pattern of the acoustic tiles into my drawing.P1060752
This was more successful for the mutant drawings than in the landscape below (but for this drawing Dima animated the clouds to make it more interesting).The whole concert was recorded and filmed by Radio Wave. I will post the video when it is released but to end this post here are some more of Dima’s photos.

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