Emerging Technologies

Tagtool

Tagtool is a distributed system for collaborative visual expression. Its fundamental premise is rooted in the duality of painting and animation, enabling multiple users to simultaneously create images and bring them to life. Use cases include site-specific projection art, spontaneous visuals to music, and improvised animated narratives. Using wirelessly networked tablet computers, an ensemble of visualists performs in a shared virtual workspace. The system emphasizes free-flowing interaction between the artists and the environment. It is optimized for use with digital projectors, which allows the images to escape from the tablet screen and emerge as immersive visuals on real-world structures. The portable form factor of multi-touch tablets combined with the possibility to wirelessly stream interactive graphics between devices and displays open up new possibilities for staging art performances. Tagtool's user interface is based on insights gathered from comprehensive interviews with artists around the world. The resulting design aims to avoid the linear workflow of established desktop user interaction metaphors. Instead, it makes extensive use of multi-touch interaction – allowing for all ten fingers to be used concurrently for fluid and expressive manipulations like those performed by musicians. Tagtool has its roots in an open-source project, which has attracted a world-wide community of artists and DIY-enthusiasts over the past years.

Thomas Pintaric Attentive GmbH

Markus Dorninger
OMAi GmbH

Mathis Csisinko
Attentive GmbH

Josef Dorninger
OMAi GmbH

Ferdinand Pilz
Attentive GmbH

Matthias Fritz
OMAi GmbH

Martin Norden
Attentive GmbH