The Lunchmeat crew, who provided the stage design and visual mapping for this big annual event held at the New Stage of the National Theatre in Prague, asked us to do some live Tagtool drawing on Sunday 15 April to accompany the performance by Monika Načeva of the two poems ‘Some Trees’ and ‘Anticipated Stranger’ (in a Czech translation) by the American poet John Ashbery. Although we arrived to set up our equipment in the afternoon there wasn’t enough time for me to have a proper rehearsal or discussion about the drawing I would do to accompany the poems. I got a copy in the original English of the two poems to read only about an hour before the performance began – so my drawing was very much an improvisation!
Here is a short video that Dima made – unfortunately it is rather dark and doesn’t show all of Monika Načeva’s peformance.
As this part of the programme was entitled ‘A tribute to John Ashbery’, with his poems being introduced and read in English by Tim Wright, I was a little embarrassed that my small visual contribution was so thoroughly unprepared!
Here are two videos of our Kristianstad performances on 11 and 12 April.
This one, from the 12 April, is by photographer Fredrik Grönwall (a number of whose photos I have used in my two previous postings) and was sent to us by Torjus Wrangell from Barbacka. To Frederick – a big ‘thankyou’ for your documentation of this event!
The video below is also from the second evening’s performance. We don’t know who made it as we just ‘found’ it on YouTube – so ‘thankyou!’ to the member of the Thursday night audience who made and posted it.
I don’t know if anyone took any video on the first evening (Wednesday 11 April) – but if so it would be nice to see it….
We really enjoyed our trip to Sweden and Tagtooling at this great location for outdoor drawing in Kristianstad – despite the rain!
On Friday 6 April we took over the Trafo Gallery in Prague for one night of art, music, and Tagtool performances. Our artist and musician friends from London, Berlin and Vienna who were staying with us for our spring party weekend joined with friends from Prague at this event which was part exhibition, part concert/performance and part just a good old- fashioned party!
Everyone lent a hand to set up all the equipment, put in place the installations and get ready for the evening performances – and soon the gallery was completely full of electronics, instruments and cables – as Dima said, ‘Look, it’s an installation already – with people!’
I didn’t take many photos for the blog during the evening and, as usual, most of them were not very good but I hope that this selection will provide at least some kind of record. (Note to self – next time don’t forget the documentation!)
Two ‘real’ installations, above by Ernst Altmann and below by Bego di Santiago.
These photos show Aldryn and Ade’s very interesting installation/projection in which they combined the video from this fish tank with Ade’s Tagtool drawing.
Below is one of my (unfortunately not very good!) photos that shows their visuals accompanying the performance by Berlin-based Metrobeat Allstars.
For their projections, Stefanie and Damian used old Super8 found footage.
The musical events of the evening began with performances by three of our friends from Vienna – Margaret Unknown, Idklang and Kajkyt.
And here is one of my better photos – Olivia Pils’ performance as ‘Fakemistress’ with Schmacke, from Berlin with my Tagtool drawing in the background.
Below is my visual for the finale of the performance by K.U.N.T.Z., a band with whom we have done Tagtool performances on a number of occasions.
Then it was partytime for all – DJs Stevie Weenie and Rubbergums at the helm!
It seemed like everyone who came to ‘Transformania!’ had a good time – so a big ‘thankyou’ to everyone who took part, to all our artist and musician friends, to the Lunchmeat crew who helped Dima with the preparations and, last and most definitely not least, to our ‘soundman’ Jakub.
And to end this post, here are some of Dragan’s photos of my Tagtooling…
Although I haven’t done any postings for a week or two it is not because we haven’t been Tagtooling – I just haven’t had time to write up the blog and I now have lots of photos to sort through from our recent work!
I will be doing some postings in the next few days (I hope!)
Here is a summary of our Tagtool activities for this month.
Friday 6 April – our big spring event – ‘Transformania!’ in Prague.
Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 April – Outdoor Tagtool performances in Kristianstad, Sweden.
Sunday 15 to Tuesday 17 April – Tagtool performances at the Writers’ Festival in Prague.
So – more postings ARE coming soon!