Tagtool was at the Harmony Day 2011 Soiree at the Darwin Waterfront on 26 March. We projected onto a wing of the Medina hotel from dusk to Earth Hour. Tagtool was (again) very popular with children. We also saw a new use for it: painting messages, like "I love you ..." for all to see. We also tried to project onto the front facade of the Convention Centre but it was too bright there so we moved to the Medina. We were able to test our portable projection set-up however (using a boat battery and inverter) at the Convention Centre; it worked well.
Digital drawings and tags were projected live onto Parliament House's facade on 16 March 2011. The projections coincided with the opening of Street Happenings, an exhibition on street art presented by Art Warehouse and Darwin Community Arts at the Chan Contemporary Art Space. The Chan Building was also Laser Tagged that night. We also introduced the Glow Graffiti UV-light paint can (see photo). The projections were part of Street Happenings as well as part of DCA/Frontline's six-month (March to September 2011) residency at the Chan Contemporary Art Space.
Congratulations to Frontline team members Adam Perfrement, Barry Robinson, and Sam Wilson on recently becoming Red Hat Certified Engineers (RHCE). Well done! Launched in 1999, the RHCE certification is one of the most respected IT certification programs worldwide. See http://www.redhat.com/certification/rhce/ for more information on RHCE.
DCA's Performance at Merge Festival scheduled for Saturday, 19th February, has been CANCELLED. Most other Merge events for Saturday, 19th February have been cancelled. Tropical Cyclone Carlos has disrupted Festival scheduling and has contributed greatly to low attendances. Performances prepared by DCA for Merge will be presented in the near future at other venues and events.
The Merge Festival is on at Charles Darwin University, 12-19 February 2011. The Merge Festival celebrates "the unification of new media, visual arts, dance, and music performace". Darwin Community Arts and its Frontline project will contribute a presentation on "Art, Community, Technology: Experiences in Grassroots Media" on 18th February, 3:00 PM at Orange 6 (Performance Room).
Its shaping to be a busy year, 2011. From January 27th to March, Frontline will be contributing to a show by Carpentaria and Arts Access Darwin at the Chan Contemporary Art Space. The show, The Secret Life of Bowerbirds, will feature sound and light work by Frontline. We will also be at the Merge Festival at Charles Darwin University,12-19 February; we will do workshops and presentations with our Laser TAG, Tagtool, and possibly introduce work using the Kinect; we will also introduce the iBand -- a band playing iPhones and iPads -- at Merge.
Richard M. Stallman, the founder of the Free Software Foundation,will speak on Free Software, Thursday, 14 October 2010, 5:00 PM, at Darwin Central Hotel, Knuckey Room, 1st Floor, 21 Knuckey Street, Darwin. He will speak about the goals and philosophy of the Free Software Movement, the status and history of the GNU/Linux operating system now used by tens of millions of users world-wide (including Darwin Community Arts), and the new risks to the freedom of computer users.
The Mesh-Frontline Team did Laser TAG and Tagtool at the Jabiru Mahbilil Festival, Jabiru, 11-12 September 2012. Team members Barry Robinson, Sam Wilson, Krystin Dix, Dick Whittington, Penny Campton, Josh Campton, Madeleine Challender, and Bong Ramilo demonstrated Laser TAG and Tagtool, and assisted Festival-goers in using the tools.
Frontline was discussed by Bong Ramilo at Junction 2010, the Regional Arts Australia National Conference, Launceston, Tasmania, 26-29 August 2010. The presentation on Frontline was part of Digital Bridges, the last plenary of the Conference. Bong also presented a session on the "Top Five Disruptive Technologies for Regional Arts". Penny Campton and Bong also did a Tagtool gig on the side of Launceston Town Hall. Sarah van der Sommen did a Pecha Kucha about the Darwin Fridge Festival. The presentations and Tagtool gig were well-received at the Conference.
Mesh-Frontline artists worked on a fridge as a contribution to the first Darwin Fridge Festival (Yes, Fridge), 20-21 August 2010. The collaborators were: Krystin Dix, Adam Perfrement, Barry Robinson, Bong Ramilo, Sam Wilson, Dick Whittington. Read on for the description of the project, by Sam Wilson.