Australia Day! Wasn’t much dark indoors areas during the day so we drove around back stage and got some of the artists to tag the buggy.
So the plan was to get the golf buggy trucked to Circular Quay and begin the night projecting onto the Museum of Contemporary Art then move around and try getting some light on to the Opera House. We didn’t hold the highest hope for the Opera House because.. well.. you know.. it’s a massive Sydney icon and someone’s sure to be annoyed about it.
MCA security were being jerks and basically aggressively said from the get-go that projecting onto their building was definitely not allowed. They weren’t really that impressed when we turned the projector 12degrees to the right and drew all over a tree out the front. The local rangers came down after hearing something on their police scanners and asked a few questions but didn’t really mind. We got a few of them to do some drawings and they loved it… People started to gather and we ended up moving a little closer to the wharf to hit a cruise ship moored in the quay. By this time lots of kids and old people were getting into it.
Jerrem drove the buggy around the quay towards the Opera House where security immediately pulled us up. We parked millimetres outside their jurisdiction and hit a big rock wall but after 20 minutes or so we were shut down. We drove back to the truck for pickup and headed home.
It was really fun to see kids using the tools, they are definitely having the most enjoyment out there. It was definitely a different crowd to the BDO youth. Good times.
Gold Coast was warm. We learned from the Auckland show and got out there mid-afternoon to be primed for the evening. The golf buggy was tricked out and we found a nice dark spot projecting onto the TripleJ tent. Less dicks were drawn. Lots of “drunken” punters having lots of fun. People seemed generally amused with being able to draw in light on the back of a golf buggy for all to see.
Auckland was the first stop on our hitch-hike with the Big Day Out. The weather was awesome and the crowds were drunken and subdued. We attempted to make some lightness in the Boiler Room but the sunny day just owned our projector. We commandeered the “Audience is the Art” Exhibition tent for an hour or so, but things didn’t really heat up til after dark (well duh). The locals had alot of fun, heaps of bug ducks were drawn though, almost a disturbing amount…
We used Jerrem’s neato little tablet pc, with tagtool + arduino controller and tripod, a nice versatile portable setup for moving through the crowds to find a good vantage.
Thanks Auckland! (I had never been to NZ before, definitely going back)
GRL co-founder Evan Roth has just released DustTag, a graffiti analysis tool for your iPhone / iPod Touch. It’s an awesome little app for scribing out your tags on the go, and makes for easy uploading into the GML (Graffiti Markup Language) open database at 000000book.com.
We’ve included GML output into our drawing tools for the Big Day Out tour, and will be selectively submitting tags to the black book database after each show.