Two videos

Here are two videos from last year that I didn’tget round to posting on the blog – the first is from my open air performance at the 48 Stunden Neukölln Festival , Berlin (a big thank you to Marcelo Kzm for making this video – which I saw for the first time only a few weeks ago!)

And some fun drawing (which had to be recorded in one take!) that I did to accompany this music video by the Czech band, Mutanti hledaj východisko.

 

 

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At Hackathon 2016, Prague

1-img_3139Unfortunately this is the only image that I have from the short Tagtool drawing performance that I did at the evening awards party for the ‘Hack the Brain’ hackathon that took place on 4 December at Venuše ve Švehlovce,  a small theatre hidden behind the flats in the Zizkov area of Prague. The electronic music for the performance was given by Sergey Khanukaev aka Dirigent who I met in Berlin earlier this year.It was great to have this opportunity to draw with him again and I had a lot of fun playing with the ‘hall of mirrors’ distortions that resulted from the curved surfaces of the theatre balcony –  an ideal location for this short unrehearsed jam session!

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River of Dreams charity event

1-letni-dum-na-male-straneTagtool drawing on 23 November at Letní dům‘s fund raising event in Prague. As happened last year, as well as the sale of paper lanterns to float on the river there was a puppet show for the children, jazz band, fire show and a stall selling hot drinks and snacks. The weather, although quite cold, was dry and clear – quite a relief as earlier in the week it had been very wet and misty (which would not have been good conditions for sailing paper lanterns or Tagtooling!)1-p11408392-p1140851Before the event began,  in order to provide a suitable background for a local television crew to interview the organisers of the event, I made my drawings only on this wall and the logo of the children’s charity was projected on the building above. But as people began to gather for the puppet show I made this sequence of  monochrome drawings on the building itself.3-p1070887It was great to be able to draw on this enormous scale!4-p11408595-p11408626-p11408667-p11408738-p1140876When the Tango Jazz Band started to play it was time to begin a new sequence of drawings, this time in colour.1-p1070894The projector provided for me to use was a beautiful strong 21000 lumens Panasonic which gave super bright colours – this was a real joy (thank you AV Media!). Here are some more photos of this drawing sequence.2-p11408783-p11408824-p1140890I left my drawing on the Containall building, erased the colour on the wall below and joined the audience to enjoy the spectacular Ohnivá fire show which ended the evening’s events.5-p1140911

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Science Week in Kladno

On 10 November the Biomedical Faculty of the Czech Technical University held an open evening for people interested in pursuing a scientific career.  There were various lectures and demonstrations for both children and adults – and then some Tagtool drawing to close the evening’s events.1-img_2012Not my usual subject matter! However the audience seemed to quite like my representation of ‘scientists at work in the lab making exciting discoveries’….1-img_20131-img_2021

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At Music Forum Hradec Králové 2016

3-p1140252On Thursday 3 November I had the privilege of drawing at this concert given by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra. The programme consisted of three pieces by contemporary American composers and my drawing was to accompany one of the works –  City Noir by John Adams. Adams wrote that this three movement orchestral work was inspired by, ‘the tenor and milieu of the late Forties and early Fifties as it was expressed in the sensational journalism of the era and in the dark, eerie chiaroscuro of the Hollywood films that have come to define the period’. To prepare for the concert  I made a number of practice drawings at home while listening to a recording of the work…

…but before the rehearsal with the orchestra when we set up the Tagtool in the concert hall  I immediately realised that I needed to make some changes and simplify the drawing.1-p1070819Dima took the photo below of my final image at the orchestra’s dress rehearsal. I replaced the palm tree in my initial sketches  with a lamp post to give more prominence to the people in the diner and added the large foreground figure in the hat to change the perspective of the image behind the orchestra.2-p1070835City Noir is about 35 minutes long – not a lot of time to develop such a big drawing! I was so glad that I was able to draw at the dress rehearsal before the performance but I found that trying to replicate this image twice in the space of a few hours was no easy matter. It was one of those occasions where ‘practice didn’t make perfect’  –  and although I managed to avoid some of the ‘mistakes’ that I made in the earlier drawing, other parts I felt worked better at the rehearsal. But the audience couldn’t know this of course, and I got a beautiful bouquet of flowers at the end of the performance…4-p1140258…definitely a night to remember!

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Tagtool Weekend in Berlin

On Friday 7 October we returned with Ilan Katin to our favourite ‘Berlin wall’ in Neukölln for an evening of unofficial projector bombing.  Once we had set up the Tagtool and started up the generator I did this quick preliminary drawing.02-p1140185Working on such a large scale is great – with graffiti to add some extra interest!01-p1140179We were joined by Danil Gertman and Grundik Kasyansky who had a performance in Berlin the following night. I knew their work only from the Internet so it was great to be able to meet up for this drawing session. Grundik provided the music and as Danil uses the Tagtool for iPad I was very interested to see him drawing ‘live’ for the first time. But I was so engrossed in watching how he uses the iPad version of the Tagtool that I have only a few photos from his drawing session.03-p114019204-p114019505-p1140203Because I usually only use the fade facility in performances or simply draw one image on top of another, I was particularly interested in seeing how Danil uses animation in his drawings….

….but watching the images develop and change made me realise that still photos (and even video clips) are a very poor substitute for being present at a drawing performance.  Once Danil had finished his session I tried out his pen and iPad, he ‘had a go’ with my old-school Tagtool and we had a nice discussion about Tagtool drawing. Then I did a bit more ‘old-school’ drawing.09-p1140224Some passers-by stopped to watch so we were able to let them know about Danil and Grundik’s performance the following evening at Gelegenheiten. Soon, as on our first visit to draw at the skate-park in February, it started to rain. Fortunately it was only a short shower and I was able to continue drawing from the shelter of our gazebo…10-p114022711-p1140232Dima said to me, ‘Why have you drawn such a depressing image?’ Well, I don’t know, as we were really having a lot of fun drawing together despite the cold damp weather. However, the chill night air didn’t prevent Ilan from ending the evening with some colourful calligraphic iPad drawings but I only have a couple of photos of his work for the blog, as I didn’t notice that my camera was on the wrong setting and most of them are far too dark – typical!12-p114023313-p1140238This was a most enjoyable evening of drawing!

On Saturday night we all met up again at Gelegenheiten for Grundik and Danil’s Lull Machines concert. The venue was packed with people and they gave a really great performance. I took some (not very good) photos – but here is a small selection to end this posting.1-p10707522-p1070759

It had been a most enjoyable and inspiring weekend!

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At the Agricultural Museum, Prague

On Friday 9 September the museum held a day long outdoor event,  ‘Malá slavnost lesa a dřeva‘, to accompany their current special exhibition about forests. This was a family-oriented event held in the garden behind the museum with daytime activities for children, a puppet show and in the evening an open air concert by Czech musicians  Konvrzek & Kalivoda.1-img_20160909_200435_hdrAbove – it was a beautiful cloudless evening and the concert began before it was properly dark. The combination of the dark brick of the museum wall, bright outdoor lighting of the path leading to the cafe bar and the illumination of the stage made for extremely difficult conditions for Tagtool drawing!  None the less, people seemed to enjoy the ghostly images accompanying the music and I did several drawings both during and after the concert.2-img_20160909_2008273-img_20160909_201113I did the demonstration drawing below during the interval to show how the Tagtool worked, for some people who were interested in it and had not seen it before.4-img_20160909_201834Because of the ambient light it was not possible to use any transparency in my drawings and make only big bold images. Drawing in black and white was really the best option, and although I did try to use some colour, the dark brick made everything look very dull.5-img_20160909_2046316-img_20160909_213933I had not been able to draw the kind of landscape and forest backgrounds that I had hoped to for this event, but I did enjoy the music –  and the audience seemed happy with the performance too!

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