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January 2010

Videos – first half of concert in Vienna

Here are the four videos that show the whole of the first half of the ‘Tagtool True Players’ concert that we gave in Vienna at Garage X featuring Christian Reiner (voice) and Weisse Weande.




Although these clips still have some technical problems I think that they do provide a quite accurate impression of the performance. I’m hoping that Dima will have the rest of the concert captured, edited and uploaded to Vimeo ready for me to post here soon – but at the moment his computer keeps crashing so I will have to wait till he sorts out this problem!

Concert in Vienna; Film in Dresden

We have had a busy start to the year. On 16 January we had a live Tagtool drawing performance at the theatre, Garage X, in Vienna – an event arranged by OMA International and billed as, ‘The Tagtool True Players’. Our performance accompanied the group Weisse Waende. Although we had heard this group playing live (for one of OMA’s ‘Hilti’ performances) and we had seen each other’s websites, we did not have an opportunity to rehearse with them before the performance. So -although we had prepared some material beforehand this event turned out to be a real jam session! Here is the first clip of the performance.
When we arrived we were happy to find that the theatre, though quite small, had plenty of space for all our equipment, a beautiful big white wall behind the musicians and a ceiling mounted projector. The theatre sound and lighting technicians got everything ready but when we tested our equipment there was a problem – Dima had quickly to reconfigure all our prepared material to match the (lower) resolution of this theatre projector. (He managed to complete this task with only minutes to spare before the performance!). Jörg Stefke made the video documentation and all of the Tagtool drawing was captured directly in the computer. This meant that Dima would have plenty of material from which to make a video of the whole event.
Editing all this has turned out to be extremely time consuming and not entirely straightforward! First Dima had to resize and match the computer captured material with the video footage and then, when he uploaded the first section of video for some reason it turned out to be very dark. However, I will post the corrected clips on Vimeo as Dima completes them.

Last weekend we were in Dresden to see our film, ‘Tales from the Attic’ screened at the Schmalfilmtage Festival.

As these photos show, there was a large audience and it was the first time we had had the opportunity to see the finished version on the big screen – which was very exciting! We had the stop frame Super8 footage of my Tagtool drawing for this film transferred to mini DV at Cineco in Amsterdam. (The ‘homemade’ telecine version and photos of my Tagtool performance is on the blog – 22 September 2009). I will post a video of the final version at a later date.

Last Tagtool session of 2009

On 29 December we were invited to do a Tagtool performance in Kolin, a town 60km east of Prague, where our friend Mark Divo has established an arts centre and artist residency. We elected not to set up our equipment in one of the basement gallery spaces but instead to project on the walls and furnishings of Mark’s permanent installation, his ‘Inhabited Sculpture’, in the living room upstairs.

Dima decided to shoot this video using his new Canon 500D camera rather than his usual stop motion recording. Although it was a first experiment with this new camera and Dima had to do a lot of time consuming post production work to achieve this result, we were very pleased with the high definition quality of the resulting images. I think that it captures quite well the party atmosphere with people coming and going while the drawing progressed. To see more information about Mark’s work and the D.I.V.O Institute follow this link:-