OMAi | Mapping Stories
Animated storytelling with Austrian artist collective OMAi, featuring local artists, musicians, and performers.
Raleigh Arts is pleased to welcome Austrian artist collective OMAi for a series of interactive animation projections on notable buildings throughout Raleigh from Oct. 27 through Nov. 13. OMAi Mapping Stories will include 4 session locations: Saint Agnes Sessions, Dorothea Dix Park Session, Downtown Raleigh Session and Medal of Arts Session. Each session will be complemented by artist workshops, community sessions and student programming in collaboration with local artists, musicians and performers.
SAINT AGNES SESSIONS | Saint Augustine's University | 1315 Oakwood Avenue, Raleigh | Oct. 27 / Nov. 3 / Nov. 10 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. | Featuring music, performers & food trucks
DOROTHEA DIX PARK SESSION | Silos at Dorothea Dix Park | 60 Ruggles Drive, Raleigh | Nov. 9 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. | Featuring music, performers & food trucks
DOWNTOWN RALEIGH SESSION | Popping up in Downtown Raleigh | Nov. 2 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. | Animating Downtown Raleigh on First Friday
MEDAL OF ARTS SESSION | Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts | 2 E. South Street, Raleigh | Nov. 13 from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. | Celebrating Raleigh's Medal of Arts
OMAi is a digital artist collective from Vienna, Austria that created the Tagtool technology. Tagtool is a free app for creating and manipulating images in real time for projection onto urban or rural infrastructure. Blending visual art, technology, and performance, OMAi uses their technology to create public art in collaboration with artists, musicians, and other performers. The result is an experiment in improvisation, collaboration and audience participation. OMAi's work was recently included in the exhibition "You Are Here" at the North Carolina Museum of Art. OMAi Mapping Stories is made possible by City of Raleigh, Saint Augustine's University, Dorothea Dix Park, North Carolina Museum of Art, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, City of Raleigh, Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy, as well as VAE Raleigh, Artspace and Envision partners Flight Raleigh, North State Consulting, Beaumonde and Envision Saint Agnes Hospital.
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