I had planned to do a daily posting during the Chink Chank but I quickly realised that there were so many things happening all day long that I would surely miss something interesting if I sat down in a corner and wrote up my blog. Instead I decided to take lots of photos and do the writing when I got home.
So much for theory – in practice I found that I had taken lots of photos of some things and none of others! One example of this is the artists’ presentations. We gave a short review of our Tagtool work during the last year and showed our little film, ‘Tales from the Attic’ and Dieter Puntigam also presented a selection of videos of his installations and Tagtool performances, including one (that I hadn’t seen before and particularly liked) where he drew in monochrome with the dancer Bea v. Schrader. Other contributors to this part of the programme included Kellie O’Dempsey, Momo and Ange Taggart. It is always so interesting to see other people talk about their work – I completely forgot to document this part of the programme! But I did manage to take these photos of the moderated discussion with Markus on the development of the Tagtool community. We took the opportunity of the beautiful spring weather to move outdoors into the sunshine with the Danube as the backdrop to our brainstorming – and this time I remembered to take my camera!
While we were outside enjoing the sunshine Gerald Pfaffl was installing his ceramics at the Kunstwerkstatt. Suspended from the ceiling and fixed to the walls, this extra three dimensional element added an intriguing and mysterious atmosphere to our ‘solo’ performance in the evening. The combination of black and white film footage and my Tagtool drawing was definitely enhanced by the dark spots and the inky shadows cast by the vertical hanging pieces. I gave my camera to Joost to take photos – here is a selection.The pairs of images are from some 16mm film footage we shot two summers ago and have used in several of our Tagtool sessions.To accompany our performance we had selected a playlist of some of our favourite music but just before the session began Andreas Dzialocha and Roman Hagenbrock offered to provide a live improvisation for us. I was really delighted to have this live accompaniment for my drawing – and I hope that the next time we are in Berlin we will all be able to get together for a repeat performance.
For their Saturday night artists’ session Maki and Iink were accompanied by voice artist Christian Reiner and pianist Philip Zoubek with whom they work on their Hilti ‘Odyssey of Oddities‘ series. This delightful performance was enjoyed by a large local audience as well as the Chink Chank participants.Hilti and Capitain were joined by a succession of other ‘characters’. The rapt attention of the young boy silhouetted in the foreground of these photos is a clear indication of how much the whole audience enjoyed the performance! Iink and Maki’s skillful animation and accomplished Tagtool drawing was a very fitting beginning to the big Saturday night party. I was too busy partying to take many photos (!!) – but here are a few images from the artists jams at the start of the party.This was followed by an open session when anyone could ‘have a go’ at drawing. Needless to say, the Tagtooling and partying went on till VERY late…….
enjoying your write ups Francis … keep em coming!