Tagtool in Sweden – Part 3

I’ve only now found the time to make a selection of photos of the Tagtool drawings I did on 22 May at Barbacka for Kristianstad’s Kulturnatten! This was a long session, making a number of different drawings, beginning at 10.30 in the evening and ending at 1 am and, although it was quite cold, fortunately it didn’t rain (like on our last visit!) But just in case, we put up our gazebo and also had a tarpaulin handy to put over the projector (which was on the roof).My Tagtool was in the courtyard and I was drawing onto the building overlooking Barbacka – quite a long projection distance. This building presented some quite difficult drawing problems, as the brickwork was dark red and there were lots of windows. However, by prior arrangement, the lighting on the building and street lamp outside had been turned off (which helped a lot) and our big Epson projector gave good clear images, even before it was completely dark. As the photos above show, in the courtyard there was a very festive atmosphere with lots of coloured lanterns which were made by students in the Barbacka workshop.
Throughout the Kulturnatten event different groups of musicians were playing in the courtyard. The accompaniment to my first sequence of drawings was a solo improvisation by Ali Sabah, a master oud player from Malmo – his superb musicianship was a real joy for me! (hear him play on this YouTube video)
Earlier in the week, Dima and Torjus Wrangell, Director of Barbacka, had made a selection of clips of films from the archives of Kristianstad Museum for me to ‘draw over’ as part of the evening’s performance. This is something I haven’t done for some time and it was great to be able to use such interesting images from the 1930’s of people skating, processions, public meetings and and other local events.
After the archive films of skaters and city dignitaries, some figurative drawing….
…and also this landscape….…then another combination of film with a drawn image…….followed by some more ‘pure’ Tagtool drawing.I ended the evening’s drawing by using two very different pieces of film footage – below, leaving only a small piece of film visible ‘behind’ the drawing….…then Dima projected this rather strange footage (from a trade fair I think, showing contemporary furniture in a kind of ‘dolls’ house’ setting). To this, I added the little silhouettes of figures in white, ‘drawing through’ the film….
…leaving the little figures dancing over the facade to end my evening’s drawing.1 am – time for me to announce the late-night event of Barbacka’s Kulturnatten, and to relax and enjoy a performance by techno-duo J-Nilz and DJ Gazoline!

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