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October 2012

At Kaleidoskop 2012, Vienna – Part 3

On Sunday there was to be another opportunity to see Maki and Itzi drawing with the Tagtool for iPad but the evening’s events began with a performance by Gerald Pfaffl. During the weekend in the centre of the main exhibition space he had constructed a large hollow sphere which he filled with concrete….. …and on Sunday evening when it had time to dry out….…he removed the lights, took up his pick and mallet….…and systematically reduced the ball to a heap of rubble, in the process bursting the bags of red paint ‘buried’ in the interior – a really spectacular performance!

Leaving Gerald’s heap of ‘bleeding’ rubble behind, the audience moved to the garage at mo.ë where Patryk Chwastek’s intricately decorated art car with his puppets made from found materials was installed.With the garage door open on to the street, Maki and Itzi took up their iPads and began to make a sequence of animated drawings using the windscreen of the car as their projection screen – a really fun idea that made a great end to the evening and the Kaleidoskop weekend!

At Kaleidoskop 2012, Vienna – Part 2

On Friday we set up our ‘oldschool’ Tagtool in the small studio where the performance with K.U.N.T.Z. was to take place the following evening so that I had an opportunity to see how the projection would work in this setting. We left the projectors running on Friday night and I drew a few large black and white heads so that the room wasn’t in complete darkness during the exhibition…..The room was not large and it had a fairly low ceiling. But as most of the walls and the ceiling were painted white (and we covered the one area of exposed brickwork with some white boards), with all the ceiling lights switched off and the only available light coming from the projectors, this made it a really good location for Tagtooling. By working diagonally, with my Tagtool set in the corner opposite to the musicians, our two projectors covered the walls behind them almost from floor to ceiling. Here are some stills of the performance showing all the creatures represented in the songs – cat, frog, crow, donkey, fly, goat and wolf. These were taken from Dima’s video of the performance. I will post the video later when Dima has finished editing it, but meantime here is a ‘fun version’ of the event – it’s a low resolution “whirling dervishes’ eye view” that Dima made using a 360 ° lens positioned on the floor in front of the audience. The whole 40 minute performance is compressed into 3 minutes and the soundtrack is ‘Crow’, one of the 7 pieces in the song cycle.
For the second performance of the evening Matthias Widder provided the Tagtool accompaniment for Max and Luka’s improvised set. Below are some photos that I took of his drawing – Matthias created a fast moving, real ‘Kaleidoskop’ of vibrant colour which worked extremely well with the music.
In a couple of days I will do another posting covering the performances on Sunday 30 September, the last day of Kaleidoscop 2012.

At Kaleidoskop 2012, Vienna – Part 1

This three day event at mo.ë was curated by Jan Linke (pictured left above, in front of a work by die. Puntigam. Jan’s paintings can be seen in the background of the two photos on the right and in the centre, ceramics by Gerald Pfaffl). The location of the exhibition was the main hall of mo.ë and each evening there were different artists’ performances in the adjoining studios.
Our oldschool Tagtool performance was scheduled for Saturday evening, so on Friday night when Maki and Itzi, with Ritsche on trumpet, were drawing using the (soon to be available!) new Tagtool for iPad I was able to join the audience, sit back and enjoy the show.As can be seen in the photo above, with the Tagtool for iPad it is even possible to draw while sitting comfortably in an armchair! Because it is so small and portable this new Tagtool app. makes multiplayer sessions easy to set up – and the animation features are really spectacular. I was so sorry that, as usual, I could only take still photos of Maki and Itzi’s performance….The dark green door and uneven surface of the studio wall added another dimension to the animation – and I was pleased to see that one of my favourite ‘characters’, the red pig, featured in the programme….I made the collage of photos below in the second half of the performance when Ritsche stepped out in front of the projection and became part of the ‘action’.I took lots of photos, but here is one shot from the ‘finale’ that I think captures well the atmosphere of what was a most engaging and enjoyable performance.Part 2 of Kaleidoscop 2012 – coming soon!