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Tagtool Workshop in Plovdiv

Tagtool - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 03:15

The Plovdiv 2019 Foundation and Ars Electronica invited OMAi to host a Tagtool workshop in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The event was part of their collaboration in preparation for Plovdiv’s time as the European Capital of Culture 2019. The result is a program called FORUM 2019: Create your World, and includes five different workshops at the intersection of art and technology.

The Workshop

The program was kicked off with a Tagtool workshop by Josef Dorninger of the OMAi crew. The location was an old tobacco factory, beautifully renovated to be used as a cultural project space. The participants turned out to be a very talented group, most of them artists themselves. Over seven hours the air was sparkling with creativity.

 

Projecting Outdoors

Given the good chemistry, it was no wonder that the group didn‘t stop there. In the evening they went outside in an area called Kapana, a creative district of Plovdiv. With music and beer the atmosphere inspired many passerbys to join the spontaneous and joyful happening.

Special thanks go out to Melformator for his technical support and good vibes!

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You are here!

Tagtool - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 05:53

The exhibition “You Are Here: Light, Color, and Sound Experiences” at the North Carolina Museum of Arts features immersive art installations by 14 contemporary artists, including large-scale light works, sound installations, video works, mixed-media room-size environments, and site-specific projects.

As part of the exhibition, OMAi comes to Raleigh to host a series of projection art performances and workshops until the end of May.

Two outdoor events named “Night Bright” feature large scale projection art performances in collaboration with artists from Raleigh, as well as allowing the audience to become part of the art in our so-called “Open Sessions”.

Furthermore, we teach the use of our projection art software called “Tagtool” in several workshops aimed at different age groups.

For the full program, please check the NCMA calender!

Please not that the outdoors events only take place weather permitting – some events are already being moved to next week due to upcoming thunderstorms!

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Reflect and Response: Cyclone Marcus

Darwin Community Arts - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 10:24

Local artist Weniki Hensch is facilitating a series of interactive, mixed medium workshops based around experiences of the community during the recent Cyclone Marcus.

Starting Wednesday May 16th.

 

Various materials such as mirrored tiles, paint, raffia, wool and fabric will be supplied to create your own piece of the puzzle. Participants work will be added to the evolving installation over the duration of the workshops. 

We invite you to come in and share your experience of local  cyclones – past and present.

 

Workshop Dates –  Wednesday/s    May 16th, 23rd     6pm to 9pm

                                 Saturday/s         May 19th, 26th     9:30am to 12:30pm

 

Address: 3/1 Caryota Court, Coconut Grove

 

Contact: DCA 8945 7345 or Weniki Hensch on weniki777@hotmail.com

Categories: Community Arts

ART & ACTIVISM

Darwin Community Arts - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 13:55
ART & ACTIVISM workshops. FREE! Starting Saturday 19 May for 4 weeks.  Workshops cover street art/stickers/posters to online activism to exhibition ready collages. For beginners to emerging. Bring your passion for an issue and some magazines to cut up. Contact Andy to register your interest - numbers are limited: 0416980256 e:andyyumchaarts@gmail.com

 Workshops to be held at Darwin Community Arts new venue:

2/1 Travers Street, Coconut Grove.

4 Weeks from 1 to 4pm Saturday 19th, 19th,  26th May, 2nd June and 9th June.

 

Categories: Community Arts

Creative Health Roadshow Tours the Territory

Darwin Community Arts - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 08:53

The Northern Territory Creative Health Leadership Group is inviting people to attend one of three forums on in the Territory during May. There will be three forums altogether with first event in Darwin on Friday 11 May at Charles Darwin University, followed by events in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek the following week.

Designed to bring people together who are interested in the role of arts in relation to health and wellbeing, the forums are free to attend and expect to attract people working health, community development along with artists and therapists also. 

“The idea of arts and creative activities being used for the benefit of health and wellbeing is not a new one”, Maz McGann from the Institute for Creative Health commented. “It is gaining significant momentum however both in Australia and overseas and we are keen to bring people together who are more interested to find out more” she added. 

Each of the forums includes a guest speaker, discussing a particular case study and Maz McGann from the Institute for Creative Health will be there to provide an overview of what is happening nationally and internationally. Attendees will also be invited to discuss their ideas about the role of arts in sustaining and promoting health and ask questions. 

For more information people can contact Maz McGann on 0438 807 973 or to register https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/institute-for-creative-health-nt-leaders... 

DARWIN 

11 May 2018, 10am to 12pm
Centre for Youth and Community Music
Charles Darwin University Casuarina 

ALICE SPRINGS

14 May 2018, 11.30am to 1pm
Red Hot Arts
67 Bath Street, Alice Springs 

TENNANT CREEK

16 May 2018, 10am to 11.30am
Barkly Arts
65 Staunton Street, Tennant Creek

Date(s): Friday, 11 May 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pmFile:  Creative Health Roadshow Flyer.pdf
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Jam at Durack Community Centre for Wednesday, 2 May 2018, is cancelled.

Darwin Community Arts - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 10:07

Sorry. Please visit the following sites for announcements on Jam sessions:

http://www.darwincommunityarts.org.au

https://www.facebook.com/darwincommarts

Or call Darwin Community Arts on 8945 7347.

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Marcus Timber Cooperative Community Meeting

Darwin Community Arts - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 21:45

The second community meeting of Marcus Timber Cooperative will be held on Thursday, 26 April 2018, 5:30 PM, at Darwin Community Arts, 1 Travers Street, Coconut Grove. Here are details of the meeting, from the Marcus Timber Cooperative Facebook notice: Most of the heaviest logs felled during Cyclone Marcus are still waiting to be processed. The Marcus Timber Cooperative has been encouraged to present a plan to the City Council. The timber has little economic value for Local or NT Governments in its current state. Right now, many people agree that the timber has great environmental and social value. Our challenge is to articulate a very clear, practical plan quickly AND to mobilise the right skills and resources to stop this useful material from going to waste. 

Here are some questions that we want to answer together at the meeting:

- where can we stockpile whole logs for one season on hard stand?

- could Council and NT Gov contractors transport good timber directly into storage instead of chipping?

- could we raise quick funds for labour to salvage timber? Would this approach mitigate some risk / insurance issues?

- how can we transport timber to and from mills for slabbing and undercover storage?

- what visions do different individuals and groups have for the timber beyond the salvage stage? How can people put the visions into practice?

- are there sufficient resources to sustain this whole process over the next 1-3 years? How exactly?

 

Please consider if there is any work you can do in preparation for this meeting. Spread the word!

Date(s): Thursday, 26 April 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
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Palmerston Library Jam Night

Darwin Community Arts - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 10:32

The Palmerston Library Jam NIght for April 2018 is on Friday, 27 April 2018, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. The night will be led by regular jammers Ian Turner and Nathan Land (in photo with other long-time jammer and jam facilitator Dick Whittington). It will be an informal performance of songs the jammers have been playing over the past weeks, with anyone at the jam welcome to join in, and also do other numbers. Bring family and friends! Friday, 27 April, is also the opening of the Palmerston Market; another good reason to come to the Palmerston Library.

Date(s): Friday, 27 April 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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April 2018 Community Dinner Cancelled

Darwin Community Arts - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 19:25

The Community Dinner for April 2018 is cancelled. Unfortunately, we still have challenges with relocating to Coconut Grove and exiting from Malak, especially with recent staff changes, and not enough preparations with community partners have been made in time for the dinner scheduled for 30 April. We intend to host the May Community Dinner at our new place at 1 Travers Street, Coconut Grove, as a housewarming and big chat on DCA plans and possibilities for the coming months and years. We apologise for disappointment and inconvenience caused by this cancellation.

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Notice of Annual General Meeting: 28 April 2018

Darwin Community Arts - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 12:35

The Annual General Meeting of Darwin Community Arts Inc. will be held at 1:00pm, Saturday, 28 April 2018, at the new DCA Office, Unit 2, 1 Travers Street, Coconut Grove NT 0810.

The business will include:

  • Presentation of 2017 Annual Reports
  • Presentation of 2017 Audited Statement
  • Election of Board Members

For more information contact (08) 8945 7347

Date(s): Saturday, 28 April 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Categories: Community Arts

Community Dinner for March 26th cancelled

Darwin Community Arts - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 20:15

The Community Dinner scheduled for Monday, 26 March 2018 is cancelled. We apologise for any disappointment and inconvenience caused. DCA relocated its office and studio to Coconut Grove on 15 March; we are still settling in while dealing with some problems caused by TC Marcus, so that we are not able to prepare for the dinner on the 26th. Sorry.

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Märchenbrüder

Tagtool - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 03:05

In December 2017, OMAi presented an audiovisual projection called “Märchenbrüder” in Marburg, Germany. The 10 minute piece was shown on the facade of the Erwin Piscator building several times each hour for one night. It was commissioned as part of the event Marburg B(u)y Night, an urban illumination festival that attracts several tens of thousands each year since 2006.

“Märchenbrüder” is a homage to Marburg’s Romantic period. Its protagonists are the brothers Grimm, as well some of the most famous poets of German Romanticism, who all met in the university town during a short but fruitful period.

The piece starts with a spring scene, referenceing both the Grimm brothers’ idyllic youth in their parent’s bee garden, as well as scenes from the fairy tale “The willow-wren and the bear”.

Then a sudden break: after their father’s death, the brothers have to make their own way in life. The piece shows how younger brother Wilhelm travels by horse carriage to Marburg, to start his studies there. He is in a sentimental mood — original quotes from one of his letters give insight into his thoughts.

When he falls asleep, he is overcome by a vivid dream. In fragmentary visions of his future time in Marburg, he sees future friends and collegues, such as poet Sophie Mereau and Bettina von Arnim, as well as protagonists of the fairy tales that will make him and his brothers known around the world.

One of them, the “girl without hands”, becomes his spiritual guide and leads him up Marburg’s ubiquitous stairs to a tower overlooking the town, which inspired Bettina to write a beautiful passage in one of her letters. Like the poet did in real life, the girl without hands climbs up the tower and gazes into the distance until she feels as one with the foggy landscape.

 

The soundtrack of the piece was composed and performed by Philip Zoubek. The voiceover track was spoken by Christian Reiner. OMAi’s Maki and iink are responsible for direction and the visuals.

 

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After TC Marcus

Darwin Community Arts - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 21:19

If you need access to power, Internet, some work space, some rest space, in the wake of TC Marcus, come to our new place at 1 Travers Street, Coconut Grove.

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Congratulation Bong Ramilo

Darwin Community Arts - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 09:11
Australia Council Awards recipients announced for 2018

The Australia Council is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the prestigious Australia Council awards, which recognise and celebrate the significant contributions of leading artists to the artistic and cultural vibrancy of the nation.  

Nominated by industry peers, the eight recipients of the national awards demonstrate an extraordinary range of outstanding and sustained achievement across music, literature, community arts and cultural development, emerging and experimental arts, visual arts, theatre, and dance. They join an impressive and diverse group of individuals who have received these awards in previous years.

The recipients will be honoured during a special ceremony at Carriageworks, Sydney on Tuesday. Australia Council CEO Tony Grybowski said it was an opportunity to reflect on the important role artists play in capturing the nation’s imagination.

“These national awards are a critical way for the Australia Council to recognise the remarkable achievements of individual Australian artists, as well as highlighting the broader contribution of all our artists to enhancing the lives of Australians. The recipients of the 2018 awards are leaders in their respective fields. They have individually and collectively made highly significant contributions to the development of artistic practice and to challenging existing ways of exploring how we express identity and how we connect with one another. Almost all Australians engage with the arts multiple times on a daily basis. The Arts play a central role in wellbeing, in building more creative and cohesive communities, and are a complex and layered reflection of our nation. With that in mind it is essential that we celebrate and support the rich and diverse artistic talent we are fortunate to have,” he said.

The recipients of Australia Council Awards for 2018:     

Bruce Pascoe (VIC) - Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature 

Liza Lim (NSW) - Australia Council Don Banks Music Award

Pat Brassington (TAS) - Australia Council Visual Arts Award 

Nigel Helyer (NSW) - Australia Council Award for Emerging & Experimental Arts 

Phillip Adams (VIC) - Australia Council Award for Dance 

Liz Jones AO (VIC) - Australia Council Award for Theatre 

Christian (Bong) Ramilo (NT) – Australia Council Ros Bower Award for Community Arts and Cultural Development







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Edwin Kemp Attrill (SA) - Australia Council Kirk Robson Award for Community Arts and Cultural Development

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DCA Creative Coworking Space Community Consultation

Darwin Community Arts - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 15:30

DCA is planning to open a Creative Coworking Space in Coconut Grove. We would like to hear and discuss with community members what ideas you may have for the use and function of a coworking space dedicated to artistic endeavours.

A Community Consultation will be held 7 March, at 6pm in the Community Room of Hon. Lauren Moss electoral office, Casuarina Plaza, Trower Road, Casuarina. Parking available near Comics NT, or across the road at Casuarina Square.

To register your interest, participation or more information, please email admin@darwincommunityarts.org.au using DCA Creative Coworking Space in the subject line.

 







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Categories: Community Arts

Tagtool at Science Festival Belgrade

Tagtool - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 01:47

This December the Serbian Science Festival Nauke invited OMAi to host a Tagtool installation at the Belgrade Fair. Markus and Josef of the OMAi set up a panorama projection with two Tagtool stations.

A Tagtool marathon

The festival had over 30.000 visitors and it seemed like most of them found their way to the Tagtool station. Thanks to the fantastic support of our volunteer helpers we managed to keep everything under control for four extremely busy days in a row, nine hours a day.

Collective Creativity

People of all ages joined us at the installation. It was an ever-changing, colourful explosion of animated doodles, paintings and handwritten texts. Our visitors especially enjoyed taking photos next to their creations!

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On the Move

Darwin Community Arts - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 14:44

After 10 years in Malak, Darwin Community Arts is on the move. In line with our strategic plans and vision, we are continuing to distribute and decentralise our work throughout the Darwin Region.

In March 2018, we will relocate the main office and some creative spaces now in Malak to Coconut Grove. We are currently conducting workshops and activities at the Palmerston Library, Durack Community Centre, and we are assessing further opportunities in the rural areas.

DCA moved to Malak following the reinvention of Brown’s Mart Community Arts in 2007 with the intention of being embedded in the communities we work with. The move to Malak proved successful, conducting many community activities involving a broad range of participants and interests.

The 10 years in Malak saw the establishment of the Telecentro, a community Internet Café’, a theatre for local productions and community use, Youth Blast (a program specifically designed for young people at risk), the Mobile Café’, the Community Garden, the Monthly Gatherings, which were the precursors to the Community Dinners and the award winning My Sisters Kitchen and the Malak Markeplace, the Darwin Fridge Festival, the Community Shed, Asia in Darwin, Arts Access Darwin arts workshops, Frontline digital media projects, among others.

In this time we also established a great network of partners and collaborators including the Multicultural Council of the NT, Melaleuca Refugee Centre, Australian Red Cross, Mission Australia, City of Darwin, City of Palmerston, Sanderson Middle School, Manunda Terrace Primary School, Palmerston Senior College, Corrugated Iron Youth Arts, Brown’s Mart Arts, and others.

Our move to Coconut Grove will not mark the end of our commitment in Malak. We are currently negotiating new terms and conditions to retain the Chambers Crescent Theatre as a community space, controlled and managed by community groups, which we intend to be part of.

We are excited about the next chapter of the DCA story. The main office will be located in Travers Street, Coconut Grove. The large space will accommodate the administration, Art Access Darwin, and CemeNTworx programs, some of the arts and crafts groups and a music studio.

We are also in the planning stages of the establishment of a Creative Coworking Space social enterprise. The next step for this project will be a series of community consultations to map out community needs and assets – stay tuned.

All going to plans, we should be in Coconut Grove by 15 March. We will update regularly on our online platforms.

We apologise for any inconveniences this transition period may cause and thank you for your continued support.

 

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