The {tague} project

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The tagues are all up


3 Jul 2009

At last! The tagues are all up. I’ve also posted comments about each one and added them to the Flickr feed, which means they’re geotagged.

You can see where each one was located by heading to the map I have on Flickr.

To read all about them, head to The Tagues page.

I now have a survey page to find out which one you liked best! Please fill it in and let me know how I went.

Not long now

In: tagging|tague

9 Jun 2009

Stamping taguesArmed with my trusty tweezers and a kiddie rubber stamping set, I’ve been working away, hand stamping all of the paper tags with everyone’s name and location, ready for my trip. I’ve also printed out a location map of every fixed tague request so that I can find it when I’m over there.

I really quite like the dodgy typography and the tactile nature of the tags themselves. It’s getting quite exciting and I’ll be heading off soon. Be sure to start checking in regularly at the beginning of July, as that’s when the first tagues will start appearing.

In another unexpected twist, the idea of collecting tag requests before visiting a city appears to have taken off. Tag request number 16, was made by Miles Rumsey from Falmouth in the UK, and he will be visiting Sydney in the middle of the year. He has decided to adopt the idea for himself, and has come up with the project “Forty tags in Forty days”. He has made a Facebook group and is collecting 40 requests up until he leaves.

So if you missed the opportunity to make a tague request (or even if you did), join his Facebook group and make a request in Sydney, or follow his progress on his blog.

I have also heard from a couple of other people that they are planning similar projects, so if you’re inspired to “tag” a city, let me know and I can promote it here, as well as include you in the book I will be producing.

When I originally opened the tague requests, I allowed 6 weeks before I was due to fly to Europe, to leave enough time for all 50 tagues to be requested. However, with the help of Twitter, Facebook and Picocool, all tagues were requested within 4 days of the site going live! WOW. It’s so encouraging that people have responded so quickly and favorably to the project.

What is so amazing, is how much effort everyone went to in order to research Prague and find weird and wonderful things for me to tag that mean something important to them. I am very excited by all the places, sights and smells I will be visiting, thanks to you. The requests have been so varied: people, places and things, flora and fauna, food and drink, animal, vegetable, mineral. you name it, people have requested it. This has been the best ‘organic tour guide’ I could possibly have thought of, and is certainly an unexpected by-product of this project.

I look forward to the next stage of the project and stay tuned as there will be regular updates.

Tagging Prague


15 Apr 2009


In July this year, I will be accompanying a group of Griffith University students to Prague for three weeks. I know…it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!

I also started research for my Doctorate of Visual Art this year and so I’m hoping to combine the two and instigate a site-specific public art project in Prague. The plan is to use the Internet, and indeed, this website in particular, to manage the project.

My research aims to investigate the idea that people have more of a connection with public art, if they have a degree of control over it. For the {tague} project, members of the public {yes, that means YOU} are invited to request that I ‘tag’ something for them in Prague. I’ll stamp each request onto one of 50 paper tags, tie it to the ‘thing’ when I find it, and photograph it for them. Watch the {tague} photostream and map for the photographs to appear, early July 2009. I also hope to geo-tag each photo to show the actual location of each tague.

So, in order to participate, research the city of Prague a little first to make sure you request something I will be able to find. Then click on the “Request a Tague” menu item and fill in the form. If your tague is accepted, it will appear in the list of Request {tagues} on the right, in the sidebar. I will be in Prague with my students for the first three weeks of July 2009, and this is when the project will take place, so check back regularly during July to see if your tague is successful.

I will also {tague} the city myself in another way, but more about that later…

Tagging Prague
By Dominique Falla

Requested {tagues}

1. The Orloj (or Astronomical Clock): {Kim Evans} East St. Kilda, AUS
2. One of my "Freedom of Expression" Prague posters: {Jenna Read} Gold Coast. AUS
3. A Fountain with Turtles: {Sharon Searle} Currumbin, AUS
4. A Palace Guard: {Richard Blundell} Daisy Hill, AUS
5. Bone Bell, Sedlec Ossuary, All Saint's Chapel: {Shannon and Haylee} Reedy Creek, AUS
6. A self-poured beer from your very own tap at the Beer Factory: {Kellie Leader} Southport, AUS
7. The Národní Divadlo (or the National Theatre): {Renee Sankey} Gold Coast, AUS
8. The John Lennon Wall: {Nathan Murray} Shailer Park, AUS
9. An, cat, bird...humans excluded: {David Lydiard} Tugun, AUS
10. A person playing chess with the tag "czech mate": {Mariko Walton} Los Angeles, USA
11. A prostitute in Wenceslas Square: {Wayne Shelley} Gold Coast, AUS
12. One of the toys in the Toy Museum. Perhaps the beautiful China Doll Bust or the Deep Sea Divers: {Franca Barnabas} Melbourne, AUS
13. A Hassidic Jew worshipping at the Klaus Synagogue: {Vince McKillop} Mount Tambourine, AUS
14. A walkie talkie in the hand of a radio amateur outside the National Society for Ham Radio: {Tony Falla} Castlemaine, AUS
15. The most uninspired, bored dude being dragged around the Museum of Czech Cubism. Bonus points if he doesn't notice: {Michael Quinn} Eagleby, AUS
16. The coolest, or most impressive street stickers/sprays/stencil art you can find: {Miles Rumsey} Falmouth, UK
17. A Horse Drawn Carriage: {Richard Neville} Ormeau, AUS
18. A modern artpiece at the corner of Havirska and Na Prikope: {Martijn Savenije} Amsterdam, NL
19. A train at a station platform with the station's name included: {Michelle Robie} Castlemaine, AUS
20. The front door of the Baroque Riding School, Prague Castle: {Sally Wilde} Brisbane, AUS
21. The AC Sparta Praha Stadion: {George Karakatsanis} Byron Bay, AUS
22. A local girl's ear, and or hair: {Bianca Frankie} Brisbane, AUS
23. The Alphonse Mucha Museum: {George Manicaros} Hill End, AUS
24. Salvador Dali, at the Wax Museum (or as close to him as can be gotten): {Em Davidson} Kingston, Ont. CAN
25. Jan Hus Monument: {Albert Pak} Chicago IL, USA
26. Franz Kafka's house on Golden Lane: {Heather Faulkner} Brisbane, AUS
27. A National Treasure inside Karlstejn Castle: {Cynthia Houtzager} Southport, AUS
28. Statue of the Holy Infant Jesus, in the Church of Our Lady Victorious: {Penny Eldridge} Nerang, AUS
29. Tague a Tag: {Matt Hearne} Wongawallan, AUS
30. An OUTSTANDING door. Either beautiful or crappy: {Anke Moller} Oxenford, AUS
31. The hairiest fattest guy you can find scratching his arse: {Sharee Vitale} Tallai, AUS
32. A tree branch at the Old Jewish Cemetery: {Amy Lehr Miller} Dallastown, PA. USA
33. Anything on the third level of the Karlovy Lazne Dance Club (it has FIVE levels of nightclubbing!!): {Katie Hilton} Miami, AUS
34. A real olde Gypsy woman: {Carlina Merritt} Pimpama, AUS
35. Golden dog on the Charles Bridge: {Aleksandra Petrova} Riga, Latvia
36. The horse statue in front of the National Museum: {Andy Wang} Taipei
37. A bottle of Becherovka 38% alcohol...favourite drink of Czech people: {Mathew Griffin} Boston, MA. USA
38. A toilet seat: {Jay Woods} Burleigh Heads, AUS
39. The Nationale-Nederlanden (dancing building): {Momoko Cunneen} Tokyo, JAP
40. A chastity belt from the Museum of Torture Instruments: {Jenn Molloy} Dublin IRE
41. Any mineral found within the Magic Garnet Museum: {Justin Spicer} Seattle, WA. USA
42. An old Czech man's big toe: {Marie-Therese Bjornerud} Melbourne, AUS
43. A Gourmet Cupcake! With the Tag... "Ready for Czeching by Katelyn, the Cupcake Connoisseur": {Katelyn Hankinson} Springwood, AUS
44. Storm Type Foundry. Or some evidence of it's existence: {Denica Layton} Gold Coast, AUS
45. Someone hassling you to attend a classical music ensemble performance in the Prague Castle area. Bonus points if they're dressed in period clothing: {Scott Esdaile} Brisbane, AUS
46. Anything captivating inside or outside the historic Czech Museum Of Music building, but the closer to the piano Mozart played while visiting Prague, the better: {Erin Dyrud} Missoula, Montana, USA
47. Someone sitting alone at the Cafe Imperial. I want a photo of them including the mosaic ceiling: {Angela Nagel} Research, AUS
48. A shot of REAL absinthe... which you will then drink: {Katie Garvan} Gold Coast, AUS
49. The most BRILLIANT/BEAUTIFUL/INSPIRING book on typography that you can find: {Ashleigh Brennan} Gold Coast, AUS
50. A green glass perfume bottle from an antique market: {Kate Russell} East St. Kilda, AUS

{Tague} photostream

    Pixels are my life. Finally used those plastic things you bought me @ash_brennanPostcard #1. The turtle fountain.We "heart" numbers if you can't read it, you may be colourblind.Great logo #bluesfest
  • michelle robie: Thanks Dom, have worked my way down reading. Fab mx [...]
  • moonsail: Thanks for all your great feedback and encouragement guys. The book is coming really soon. Should be [...]
  • Alan Harrison: Hi Dominique, Wow, what a cool idea this was! As you might remember, I've been taking groups ar [...]
  • Penny: Very impressive Dominique! What a great idea. thank you for my baby Jesus statue, he's beautiful. it [...]
  • shan: loved the tague, awesome [...]

What is a Tag?

  • According to the dictionary, tags are small pieces of meta data that are attached to something to indicate its meaning or nature.
  • Tags can also affect the meaning of the 'thing', or indicate how it should be used.
  • A tag is also a simple identifier to help sort, or group information.