Animated Storytelling Comes to Raleigh with OMAi Mapping Stories

News posted Oct. 18, 2018 - 5:25 pm
OMAi Art

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 to Nov. 13. OMAi Mapping Stories will include four 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 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

the Silos at Dorothea Dix Park
60 Ruggles Drive, Raleigh
Nov. 9 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Featuring music, performers & food trucks

Popping up in Downtown Raleigh
Nov. 2 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Animating downtown Raleigh on First Friday

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

The Saint Agnes Sessions will celebrate the history and heritage of Saint Agnes Hospital at Saint Augustine’s University. Artists collaborating with OMAi include Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins, André Leon Gray, Lincoln Hancock, Finn Cohen, Anthony Kelley, Dare Coulter, DJ House, Eugene Taylor (Drum Prophet), Harriet Hoover, Napoleon Wright of Pan II Creative, Kaili Ingram, Cameron Philyaw, Justin Perry, Tyree Daye, The Flow (Nathaniel Key), William Paul Thomas, Victor Knight and Shaun Knight.

Raleigh Arts Public Art Director Kelly McChesney states, “OMAi will use cutting-edge technology to work with local artists and students to create new media artworks. From previous collaborations with North Carolina artists, OMAi’s work has evolved to include the use of video in their projection animations. It is through this collaborative experimentation and creation that innovation occurs and technology is advanced. We are excited to bring the Raleigh community together with the OMAi team and look forward to seeing what these new collaborations can inspire.”

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 Conservancy, Dorothea Dix Park, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts and North Carolina Museum of Art.

The Office of Raleigh Arts supports and promotes the arts in Raleigh by administering the programs of the Arts Commission and the Public Art and Design Board, and supporting the Pullen and Sertoma arts centers. The Office of Raleigh Arts is a part of the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department.

For more information, contact

  • Raleigh Arts, 919-996-4685
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