Tagtool Convention 2019

The preparations for this year’s Tagtool convention are in full swing. Here’s what you can expect:

It’s all taking place in Tulln, a small Austrian town by the river Danube, 30 minutes from Vienna by train. This is where Tagtool was born back in the days.

The heart of the convention will be Kunstwerkstatt, a 400 square meter cultural space that is ideal for hosting our informal get-together of artists, musicians, performers, and Tagtool-heads. Inside, the entire space will be covered by projections, wall to wall. The space opens towards a restaurant at the banks of the river Danube.

There’ll be Tagtool presentations, workshops and discussions during the days. In the evenings, the focus is on performances and jam sessions. The program ends on Sunday night with a large-scale collaborative outdoors projection at a nearby ancient roman tower.

As always with Tagtool conventions, it’s all about creative exchange. We invite anyone who uses the tool, or plans to do so, or is simply interested in experiencing it in an ideal setting. Some of the most exciting practitioners from several continents have already expressed interest in coming - stay tuned as we announce them closer to the date!

If you’d like to participate (either as an artist/musician/performer, or as a visitor), don’t hesitate to get in touch with Josef at gnu@omai.at. He will coordinate the sessions, can help you with finding accommodation, or answer any other questions you might have.

We’re very excited to bring back the Tagtool convention to Tulln. The place has proven to be ideal for focused and satisfying creative quality time. We’re looking forward to synchronize and further develop the vision of the project. To witness different approaches to using the tool, to align creative forces, meet old friends and build artistic alliances for the future. Come join us!


Hey everybody!

The Tagtool Convention is approaching and we already have our first artist confirmations - it’s gonna be fun! Before we start to announce them, here a first draft of our program!

Friday, 16 August 2019
15:00-17:00 | Tagtool Workshop for kids (8-12y, free entry)
19:00-19:30 | Opening, Presentation by OMAi
19:30-23:00 | Performances & Shows (Artists tba; 10€/5€)

Saturday, 17 August 2019
10:00-12:00 | Tagtool Workshop for teens (12-22y, free entry)
15:00-17:30 | Tagtool Artist Talks & Discussion (free entry)
19:30-23:00 | Performances & Shows (Artists tba; 10€/5€)

Sunday, 18 August 2019
10:00-12:00 | Tagtool Workshop for all (free entry)
15:00-17:00 | Tagtool Workshop for advanced users (free entry)
21:00-22:00 | Outdoor session at Stadtturm Tulln, Schubertpark (free entry)



We’re excited to get confirmations by artists and ensembles who will join us at the Tagtool Convention 2019! Like last year, it is Yaguar who first chipped in to perform at our upcoming gathering in Tulln.

From a background in Street Art, Yaguar entered the world of digital visuals. Inspired by Land Art, he loves to work in natural spaces with the shamanic power of light. He was born and raised in the Colombian jungle, and is currently residing in Saragossa.

Yaguar has already joined us at Ars Electronica Festival in 2017 and 2018, contributing stunning art as well as hands-on support on many levels. We are very delighted to have him around again this year!

Homepage: http://yaguartvisual.wixsite.com/power
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yaguar_visual/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100012436745762 1


Next to be confirmed at the Tagtool Convention is Guiguisuisui, a two piece art-rock performance band. Curated by Chinese artist Nan Guazi and her British husband, Guiguisuisui blends electronic and live sounds to create the backdrop for interactive theatre performances which feature a cast of characters from an imagined future and past.

At the convention they will present their Shining Soundscape project, a new live art musical performance from Guiguisuisui (鬼鬼祟祟) that combines both live digital video painting and improvised ambient music, to create a backdrop over which performance and meditative chanting combine with electronic music, in a meeting of minds and cultures. In this sense the whole performance environment becomes a canvas for the pair to create a saga using shining light, shadows, sounds, costumes and movement, with the audience being wrapped in the atmosphere conjured. What’s more at key points the audience help make decision about which direction the performance will go in.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/guiguisuisui/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Guiguisuisui/

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Also joining us at the convention will be Sol Carta all the way from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has been working with Tagtool for years, specialising on fully improvised performances - the origin of Tagtool. This is where we come from, so we are eager to cross pencils with her!

At the Tagtool Convention Sol Carta will be the representation of lila.impro a project with Juane Costa (guitar) and Ignus Zavalla (drums). In “lila” music and visuals are created in an improvised way. Sol Carta uses Tagtool to tell visual stories by combining photographic collage, live drawing and animation. For the convention she will come up with a solo performance, based on the spirit of lila.impro.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lila.improvisacion/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lila.impro/
Bandcamp: https://lilalila.bandcamp.com/


Good news everybody! We‘ll have our friends Dieter Puntigam and Bea von Schrader with us again at the Tagtool Convention. This year they will bring along light graffiti artist Marcus Saravia and present their latest project, „Blueprint of a tempest“. This piece is dedicated to the youth movement fighting for our environment. The performance is accompanied by music by Keith Fullerton Whitman.

Dieter and Bea work together since 2008, and have been presenting performances combining Tagtool and dance around the world. For over a decade Dieter has perfected his performative style in different settings. His superb digital painting skills build on his education at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig.

Dieter‘s Website: https://www.diepuntigam.at/
Bea von Schrader at Urhof20: https://www.urhof20.at/content/106/0/bea_von_schrader.htm


Sofía Córdoba will join us at the Tagtool Convention! Born in Uruguay, she now lives in Italy as a filmmaker and audiovisual artist who integrates different artistic languages across multiple disciplines.

She’ll come together with her friend and collaborator Lorenzo. He creates the soundtrack for their performance about the beginning and development of an alternative universe. We’re all looking forward to seeing this duo in action!

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sofia____cor____/
Homepage: http://sofiacor.com/


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We’re very happy to welcome another extraordinary group of artists and performers to the Tagtool Convention: Theatre of Animation Art , or TAM in short, is a multidisciplinary ensemble all the way from Kiev, Ukraine. As an association of young theatre makers, they explore the field of animation in theatre by mixing puppetry, experimental music and visual art. Since 2016 they havre created several different theatre projects, such as street performances with huge puppets.

At the convention they will show the performance “Self-portrait”, a work-in-progress performance of “TAM” and “Minimum” (a solo project by Olena and Sergij) and it is about human personality. It is based on the documental electronic music, that has a museum guide record about Rembrandt as the biggest master of self portraits. Using Tagtool and theatrical animation they draw a parallel from Renaissance self-portraits to modern selfies. They explore idea that portrait is the imprint of a person, a frozen moment of life, which is a story by itself.

Olena Avdieieva (Tagtool)
Sergij Avdieiev (Music)
Olga Pinaieva (Actor)
Katerina Tushder (Director)

T.A.M. on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tamtheatreua/
T.A.M. on Isntagram: https://www.instagram.com/tamtheatre/

Also with us at the convention, our friend and partner Ilan Katin! Ilan is a Berlin based artist with his roots in the USA and Israel who currently makes non-figurative drawings, occasionally collaborates with musicians doing live visual performances, and sometimes ventures into the creation of installations. At the convention he will show a solo piece called Vocoline, a semi-improvised surrealist story telling using voice and live drawing.

Homepage: https://www.ilankatin.com/about/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ilan_katin/

This is how we gonna do it!

16.8. FRIDAY - Starting 19:30
Maki, iink, Christian Reiner & Pi (AUT)
Dieter Puntigam, Bea von Schrader & Markus Saravia (AUT)
Ilan Katin (USA/GER)
Sol Carta (ARG)
Yaguar (ESP, COL)
Jam Sessions

17.8. SATURDAY - Starting 19:30
TAM - Theatre of Animation Art (UKR)
Guiguisuisui[鬼鬼祟祟] (CHN/GBR)
Dima & Pan Kaplan (CZR, RUS)
Sofia Cordoba & Lorenzo Tabacchi (URY, ITA)
Jam Sessions