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.
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!
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.
Join us for an evening of beauty and inspiration with storytellers from Asia, Latin America, Middle East, and Indigenous Australia who have made Darwin and Palmerston their home. Listen to the sounds and rhythms of the original languages, with translations into English. This show coincides with International Mother Language Day 2018. Women will share stories in some of the small languages that can be heard in Palmerston, Darwin, and Australia's Top End. What our audiences have said: beautiful, inspiring, moving, rich, spine-tingling, eye-opening, what a wonderful world!
Sun, February 25, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM ACST
Durack Community Centre
33 Packard Avenue
Palmerston, NT 0830
In compliance with the Gregorian Calendar, we advice that DCA will be closed from COB Friday 22, December, and we will re-open Tuesday 2, January at 9:30am.
In acknowledging diversity, in all its aspects, we understand that this time of year means different things to different people; it is therefore our hope that during this time you will keep your heads on while many others tend to lose theirs.
Thank you for your continued support, see you again in 2018!
The last Community Dinner for 2017 will be held Monday November 27 at the Chambers Crescent Theatre, Malak Shopping Centre. This month's theme coincides with the National Day of Listening. So, we encourage participants to share stories while enjoying the delicious food prepared by My Sisters' Kitchen and volunteers.
During the dinner and vociferous conversations, voice recorders will be roaming the room capturing some of the stories shared. We'll edit some of the audio, make a short clip and publish it on our Facebook page.
As discussed at the last community dinner, we encourage participants to eat as to heart desire, but there will be no take-aways. Instead we encourage everyone to decorate stickers which we will affix on take away containers that will be distributed in various camps in the neighbourhoods later in the evening.
We will also collect email addresses from participants who wish to be informed of developments in our 2018 programs and activities, who may not follow our website or Facebook page.
See you next Monday
Last weekend OMAi collaborated with ART X Lagos, West Africa’s premier international art fair in Nigeria. ART X and Absolut presented a live show with visual artists and musicians called the Electric Africa: The Digital Orchestra. All the ingredients blended into an extraordinary audiovisual experience!Teaming up
The visual part was provided by the up-and-coming artists Osaze Amadasun and Williams Chechet from Lagos. AWCA, a creative agency from Lagos, hooked them up with Josef Dorninger of the OMAi crew to present their Tagtool art at the show. The sound was presented by popular young Nigerian singers and musicians Poe, Tomi Thomas and Wavy the Creator.Getting ready
Within no time the artists were fluid with Tagtool and adapted their individual styles to this new medium. They developed the concept for the live show together with the musicians during rehearsals. They were ready for action!The big show
The show was a big success. Osaze and Williams rocked on Tagtool, in the flow with the beats of the orchestra and the vocals. The audience celebrated this creative experiment!