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Tagtool Workshop in Plovdiv

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!

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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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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Tagtool at Science Festival Belgrade

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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