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Ideas for IPOH AR Photo Exhibition ( world’s first)

This is a proposed idea; THIS IS NOT CONFIRMED. All comments and suggestions welcome.

PRESS RELEASE

IPOH-THEMED AR PHOTO EXHIBITION IS WORLD's FIRST

Journalists, bloggers and members of the press, tourism, food, art and technology communities are invited to come and experience AR in person.

Augmented Reality(AR), the new information and entertainment technology appearing on millions of phones worldwide, is now also a medium for viewing photography. Photographs taken by Bubiko Foodtour of the food, spirit and heritage of Ipoh, Malaysia are now available to anyone with AR software in their phones or tablets.

Produced by Stephen Black, the 38 images are an ambient slideshow; each image displayed for one minute.

Bubiko Foodtour, AR's first superstar, is a fictional character produced by Stephen Black and Sayuri Okayama.Bubiko is a little chef from Thailand who loves researching food. Her favorite phrases is "aroi mak mak", Thai language for "very delicious." For the past year Bubiko has been travelling across Southeast Asia, introducing herself to all kinds of food professionals, at the same learning about local foods and explaining AR. Bubiko's Instagram account is aroi mak mak! The images used in the AR exhibition are from Bubiko's ebook, which is available on Amazon.(Note: Bubiko is soon to be an AR 3D character.)

About AR (Augmented Reality)

By 2019, hundreds of millions of phones and tablets will be able to display AR. Most newer iPhones are capable of displaying AR now, and AR-capable Android apps are being released constantly.

Although the most famous use of AR is Pokemon, other industries besides gaming are starting to use AR. Food, tourism, medical, educational and industrial applications are being developed.

Those attending the Ipoh AR Photo Exhibition Press Conference will have a chance to experience the excitement of AR for themselves.

OCTOBER 27, 2017

LOCATION: (To be determined.) However, I hope to use a limestone cave,any one of the several in the area.A cave makes for dynamic publicity photos and is an interesting contrast to the hi-tech concept of AR. Finally, the soft lighting of a cave entrance is ideal for photographing and viewing AR.

SUPPORT

: Hotel Abby, Symphony Suites Hotel, emily2u, The Dundercats,The Jewellery Design & Management International School

About Stephen Black: A "futurist Renaissance man", Stephen Black has successfully worked in conceptual art, gamemaking technology (Unity, C++), television production (CNN, Fuji TV, Cartoon Network), photography and traditional/360 filmmaking. His works have been exhibited worldwide and one of his eight books, i ate tiong bahru, is a national bestseller in Singapore.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: bubikofoodtour *AT * gmail.com

Stephen Black: Symphony Suites Session 0-12

This post is a notebook; the first part was posted before the event actually took place; the second part consists of selected images and videos created as records. I am now compiling a concise summary of the activities that took place during the Symphony Suites Session, but it will take time. A lot happened!

https://www.facebook.com/baliwaveghost/ for live broadcast and information.

At 3PM, on October 15, 2017, I began a 60 hour project to create small projects for the internet from the Symphony Suites Hotel.Themes include: Ipoh culture and travel experiences, food, AR (Augmented Reality), all kinds of art, the silly and symphonic Dundercats and live readings.

This project is freeform; a self-portrait and a document about the possibilities of a connected world.

On October 16 and 17 an ebook of photographs will be a free download on Amazon. The portfolio is called IPOH: 88 iPhone photographs by Bubiko Foodtour.

I have no connection with the following video.It gives a sense of what Ipoh looks like in terms of town layout and history.

This post is a good introduction to myself, Sayuri Okayama, Bubiko Foodtour, AR and Ipoh/Southeast Asia.

This post is about the first marathon, 72 hours at the Abby Hotel in Ipoh.

Recently, Singapore's Causeway Exchange Project was in Ipoh, which led to the creation of this post, an introduction to both Ipoh, Malaysia and Tiong Bahru, Singapore.

The following people and companies have been incredibly supportive and helpful. I cannot thank them enough! emily2u website, the Symphony Suites HotelThana Digital Studio, Stuart Rankin, Thanas Digital Studio, Liew Sunchin and the Jewellery Design and Management International School.

Ipoh cultural events

A 60 hour event from the Symphony Suites Hotel in Malaysia. Art, AR, travel, food and more.

Ipoh Cultural Parade 2017 from Double i on Vimeo.

Scenes from the first 12 hours, including the shopping area near Symphony Suites:

DIY: A Man on the Roof, in the Night

4AM: Another hour passes. My nerve cells misfire more and more; my memory and muscle control are breaking down. Concepts like ‘yesterday, ‘five months from now’ and ‘this moment’ are vague. I scrawl important reminders to myself in handwriting that looks like it was written by a shy child on a bumpy bus. I have decision fatigue. I’m lurching along a very narrow path, with fuzzy dreams of hope on one side and and a sharp dark cliff on the other. The window reflects me on the roof of the Abby Hotel, standing in front of a computer screen, overlooking the town of Ipoh, Malaysia.

I am in the darkest part of the first night of a 72 hour Facebook Live broadcast. I experiment, learn, share - and constantly question my sanity. I am hoping to give away my ebooks, and explain my plans and ideas regarding AR, Augmented Reality. Now, with no one watching, with my stomach growling and my eyelids heavy, the project seems to be a mistake. I am a fool. Why should I go on? What is the point of this?

Defiantly, I Yawn.

....this the beginning of an essay which will soon appear in ElevenAsia......

Another marathon live broadcast will take place from October 15-19, at the Symphony Suites Hotel in Ipoh, Malaysia.

symphony

THE LATEST INFO AND BROADCASTS ARE HERE: https://www.facebook.com/baliwaveghost/

Records from the first twelve hours are here.

Stephen Black: The Symphony Suite Session

The 60 hour Facebook Live event will be a freeform mix of AR, food, Ipoh culture,videos and readings from books. It begins at 3PM on Sunday, October 15, 2017 (Malaysia time) and ends 60 hours later. Live and recorded broadcasts will appear throughout.

Specific broadcasts will be about the world's first AR photograph exhibition, entitled IPOH 38 iPhone photographs by Bubiko Foodtour. In keeping with the symphony theme, the Dundercats and their musical adventures will be highlighted. (Did someone say Mozart's Birthday?)

Throughout the broadcast, the ebook of Bubiko Foodtour's Ipoh photographs will be given away, especially on the 16th and 17th, when it is available directly from Amazon.

Support: Symphony Suites Hotel, The Jewellery Design Management International School , the Emily2u blog, the Dundercats, Thanas Digital Photo and Bridal Studio, and Liew Sunchin

POSTS FROM THE FIRST TWELVE HOURS

BARPE

BARPE !

BARPE=Bubiko's Augmented Reality Photograph Exhibition

Bubiko says thanks for stopping by!

You are very welcome to share the IPOH Photograph Exhibition by Bubiko Foodtour. It is a free download on Google Play and the APP Store.

To start the exhibition, you need a marker, or target, for your phone or tablet. Here is how to make one:

1. Get a white piece of paper the size of a dollar bill.

2. Use a crayon or marker to write IPOH in the middle. USE CAPITAL LETTERS.

3. Put the paper anywhere where there is good light.

4. Point your phone or tablet at IPOH.

5. Relax and enjoy the 30 minute ambient exhibition. Each image lasts about one minute.

6. You could also create IPOH with your computer, using A4 paper and the Arial font, bold at 60 points. Other fonts and sizes may also work, but you'll have to test.

Send us your photos of BARPE and we will be happy to share them!

unusual AR marker

The Bubiko Foodtour AR photo exhibition! Meow! Meow!

AR DEVELOPERS: share the POSITIVE CHAOS?

AR is new, revolutionary, unpredictable, and in the painfully ecstatic throes of being born.

With that in mind, I find myself hoping to explore the following situation: Is there a Google Play and Apple App store approved individual or company that can uploading something of mine onto their store?

The "something" is a photo exhibition of Ipoh, Malaysia(PEIM). Kinda arty; nothing naughty, religious or political.. I can immediately send you an ebook of the images. I am hoping the PEIM can be ready for download by Sunday, or as soon as possible after that.

Why this situation?

Well.. I was recently interviewed by the Malay Mail, a large newspaper in Malaysia. I have been told that the interview is tentatively scheduled to be published on Saturday, October 14. In the middle of the night I realized this article is an opportunity to promote PEIM, which I had been working on. Suddenly everything is speeded up.BUT,the PEIM will only be ready on Friday or Saturday!

(Not to mention the 60 hour Facebook Live Symphony Suites marathon broadcast I am starting on Sunday the 15th.)

PEIM would be a free download. I am coming off of a ten year period of only writing books, so I can't really afford to compensate you with $. However I will do all I can to promote PEIM on your sites, so there is a strong possibility your apps will also get some eyeballs.A huge plus for both of us if your app is related to Asia, travel, food, art, filmmaking or photography. And, of course I would be extremely thankful and hope there is way to return the favor/pay it forward someday.

There may be a downside, but at the moment, it seems win-win. Perhaps in the future, when I have time and more apps I will have my own presence on GPlay and the App Store. If the powers that be don't mind, I could just put the same project up on my store, unless that sets off a piracy alarm. Anyway, we can cross that bridge when we come to it. For now I just want to get PEIM on line by Sunday.

Thanks in advance for your comments and ideas.

SB

Oh yes, the images are by Bubiko Foodtour, who is on her way to becoming AR's fist superstar.Check this site for more Bubiko info,or check out her food photos on Instagram.

oppARtunity… now!

My background, as related to the possibilities of AR, the new cinema/theatre/text-artform/communication business:

- Beach Road, the 360 movie I produced with Hiverlab, was nominated for Best Experimental film at the 2016 VR Fest Las Vegas, and featured at the 2015 Brisbane Film Festival.

-established Book Merah, and have written, published/epublished eight books including one bestseller, i ate tiong bahru.

-worked as creative director for Compudia/Walker Asia, a company doing ahead-of-its-time CG VR (gaming), as well as a platform like Youtube-3 years before Youtube began.

Stephen Black teaching gamemaking in Singapore

- Curated an international assortment of very well known, and unknown artists for a critically well-received virtual gallery called SPOKEN. This was a co-production with Eugene Soh.

-directed and co-produced Kiss, a short film featuring legendary Japanese actress Kumiko Akiyoshi. The four minute film was divided into three segments and shown at a very small size due to the technical limitations of the internet at the time.It received over 3 million views inits first three months of being online.

-Firsts in Singapore: first Singapore-made ebook on Amazon, first Singapore-based Kickstarter project, first piece of edible food art in Singapore, first 360 movie.

-In SPP, an artspace co-produced with Barae, held the Japanese premiere of Wax, a movie by David Blair, which, according to the New York Times, was the first full length movie to be transmitted on the internet.

All of the above situations and projects were "ävante garde",or "cutting edge" or "at the forefront of technology and creativity". Some were opportunities for art-creation, some were economic opportunities.

Now, of course, it is 2017. Augmented Reality is soon to be making an impact on our lives, just as social media and GPS have.

I am excited and prepared to use my experiences to create in AR.

If anyone is interested in doing something with AR, get in touch. It doesn't matter if your interest is in art or business related. At this moment, the most important thing is to get first-hand experience in the creation of an AR experience. For businesses, this means the international marketing and promotional advantages that come with being a first mover. For those on the creative side, this is the opportunity to work with a new art form.

I have been researching and preparing for a long time and now I want to make something, goshdarnit!

Bubiko Foodtour update #AR

This draft will soon be appearing in a major Asian newspaper. Once the newspaper version appears online, this one will be taken down.

Stephen Black and Sayuri Okayama are preparing the Southeast Asian food industry for the Augmented Reality revolution. Their partner in this endeavor is Bubiko Foodtour, a “little chef from Thailand”, who is on her way to becoming AR’s first superstar. The three are blazing a unique trail across the region, sharing their insights on AR, as well as researching the culinary world of Southeast Asia.

Most recently based in Singapore, Black, Okayama and Foodtour left the Lion City in February, first stopping in Johor Bahru. There, they experienced a full range of food culture: from family-run warungs to the Imagineering Institute, a pioneer in creating virtual food experiences. After stops in Jakarta and Bandung, they traveled to Kuala Lumpur, where they attended both the Malaysian International Food and Beverage Trade Show, and Cooler Lumpur, a weekend showcase of AR and other technologies.

The trio are currently in Ipoh, after stops in the Cameron Highlands and southern Thailand. With these visits, Black, Okayama and Foodtour learn about local foods and, in turn, explain how AR technology will soon be available on hundreds of millions of phones. ” AR will have a huge impact upon supermarkets and restaurants,“ Black says. He suggests that companies prepare for AR now, in order to get maximum benefits from the first mover advantage.

“AR is the future, “ added Okayama, ”easily accessible to anyone, it offers unlimited creative possibilities. It combines the best of cinema, theatre and the written word. Bubiko is ready for all of this. She’s Charlie Chaplin, Hello Kitty and Anthony Bourdain, all rolled into one!” Besides business ideas, Black and Okayama introduce people to Bubiko’s colleagues, The Doughbots and Secret Donut World. “With these charming characters and original software, our company aims to be the Pixar of AR.” Black, who has a degree in Photographic Fine Art from the Rochester Institute of Technology, has worked with CNN, France 2, Fuji TV and other international media companies. One of his eight books, i ate tiong bahru, is a bestseller in Singapore. Okayama is experienced in the travel and hospitality industries.

“Ipoh’s reputation for great food was a major reason for coming here. Plus, the natural surroundings, the town’s history and architecture; this a great base. With places like pasar malam, Little India and the huge flea market on Sundays, there are many ways to learn about Southeast Asia. Recently, in Ipoh, Black did an unusual project. From the roof of the Abby Hotel, he did a live, 72 hour Facebook broadcast. He shared food research, read from his books, played videos about art, food and music- and introduced the world to Bubiko Foodtour.

"The live broadcast saw me going to the streets and visiting interesting shops, rain or shine; adding local flavour to the programme for my international audience. It was informative and all in good fun. I’m looking forward to doing this again-but probably not for 72 hours. Bubiko enjoyed it, but all she did was dance occasionally," he quipped.

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“We plan to be in Ipoh a while longer. I’m staying near the Kinta River, between Old Town and New Town. We explore in the mornings and late afternoon, to avoid the heat. The British architecture reminds us of Singapore. The food is fantastic. Every meal is an insight into Malay, Indian and/or Chinese culture, especially the spices! Bubiko likes it too!" Black said with a smile.

The character of Bubiko came naturally to the multi-talented Black, whose background also includes conceptual art, creative direction for a gamemaking company and production work for Cartoon Network. “It was Sayuri’s idea to use an actual Thai doll as a starting point. Now we are testing our own character ideas, refining her face and personality. Her adventures are a fun way to inform people about the possibilities Apple and Google are adding to our phones. Now, AR is unknown, but it will soon be as common as GPS.”

Bubiko is also a photographer, and her adventures in Ipoh have resulted in a photo portfolio. Available on Amazon, the ebook is entitled 'IPOH: 88 iPhone photographs'.An essay about Bubiko's experiences also appears in the book Black is writing about his experiences in Southeast Asia.

As the trio’s unusual tour continues, Bubiko Foodtour’s fans on Instagram and Facebook are increasing. Soon Bubiko will be sharing meals with millions of people. Perhaps Bubiko will be bigger than Pokemon- and Ipoh hosted her first!

Bubiko Foodtour Scrapbook

Bubiko Foodtour is introducing the world to Augmented Reality, starting with Southeast Asia.This is in anticipation of 2018, when hundreds of millions of mobile phones and tablets will be able to create AR experiences. However, the 3D model of Bubiko Foodtour is not yet available in 3D. There are several reasons for this, the primary one being that we are testing/refining what motions Bubiko will be performing in AR. These have to be carefully considered. Here are some of the Bubiko related ideas we have been thinking of, learning from, and experimenting with.
a doll from Thailand

This doll, a gift from a Thai friend, has been our "stunt double"for Bubiko.

colored pinwheel and paper doll

Paper tests like these are very helpful in trying to visualize the final Bubiko Foodtour AR experience

previsualizing AR experiences

Bubiko Foodtour (trial version) in front of sign featuring two drinks. Imagining the possibilities of AR.

doll with colorful drink

How will Bubiko interact with her environment? Can she speak?

I have been working with 3D models and computer game software since 2002, although much more on the creative side than the technical side. Having said that, to fully realize a creation in AR/computer -generated 3D, one must be fully aware of the the theory, possibilities and limitations of the softwares.

digital sculpture

Running Mamuang A collaborative design of the famous cartoon character 'Mamuang' between Thai cartoonist Wisut Ponnimit and digital sculptor Sebastian Schoellhammer. https://www.rinkak.com/jp/item/mokumake/5739477064482816?hl=jp

3D printing! In researching this, I was thrilled to discover the work of Wisut Ponnimit, especially Mamuang, his well-known character. The use of mascots by the prefectures in Japan has also been inspirational.
mascots

screen shots of Japanese prefecture mascots

Photoshop screenshot

Testing various elements to get the perfect look for Bubiko Foodtour.

This first stage of research is very open and more about capturing character. The next stage involves wireframes and 3D modeling and is more technical. Aroi mak mak!

Stephen Black: 72 hour Facebook Live Broadcast

THE BROADCAST IS HERE.

HELLO

Augmented Reality,art, Southeast Asian food, Bubiko Foodtour, VR, music, haikus, photographs, videos, unusualness... and discussions, readings from, and free downloads of, EBOOKS! The broadcast starts at 3PM September 30, Malaysia time, ends on Monday, October 2 at 3PM Malaysia time.

Until October 2, these ebooks are free downloads on Amazon:

Obama Search Words

Furikake

Fires by Cyril Wong

i ate tiong bahru (a paper copy is available at naiise)

Bali Wave Ghost

Flame Magnet

red dot SAD

Ipoh

Contact With Shadow is not a free download, but if you are interested in the future of book distribution, you should know about Unglue.

There is an audiobook version of i ate tiong bahru, narrated by Mirai Booth-Ong. And, this is 3how's debut album.

Bubiko Foodtour is AR's first superstar.

Base of operations: the Abby Hotel in Ipoh, Malaysia.

Thank you: Hock Moon Hiong BBQ meat and Jewellery Design and Management International School

If you are here because you are interested in my AR-related startup ideas, this post gives you an overview.

FWIW, I will soon have stories on Popularium and ElevenAsia

I am writing this 30 hours after the marathon went live.On one hand my blog views are double what they usually are. On the other hand, there haven't been many viewers. That is OK. I didn't do any pre-publicity, I am not paying Facebook to blast the event and there are no costs, other than my time. I hope that towards the end of the 72 hours there are more viewers. For now, I can only say if you visit the FB live page, say hi.

Here is an email I've sent out to friends and associates:

Hello everyone... I hope the weekend is a good one for you.

Just to short note to say that I am doing a live FB broadcast from Ipoh-for 72 hours. I started Friday at 3, will finish at 3 on Monday. The camera I am using isn't very good, the audio is so-so, the internet is slow and I am silhouetted during the daytime. Perfect!

Actually I am learning a lot, and my blog is seeing a nice amount of action. The free ebooks are trickling out of Amazon. I can see clicks on my blog posts about my AR startup plans. Yesterday I was interviewed by a reporter from the Malay Mail.

Anyhoo...stop by and chat with the silhouette... and meet Secret Donut World, the Doughbots and steamboatbubikofoodtourwillie. http://www.blacksteps.tv/stephen-black-72-hour-facebook-live-broadcast/

onwARd,

Steve

This was the schedule for Friday...

FRIDAY

3pm Ipoh (3AM NYC)8AM London

Son Mn Chinese Lantern Exhibition

4:30-5:30 Ipoh(4:30-5:30AM NYC)9:30-10:30 AM London

reading from Obama Search Words

5:30-6:15 Ipoh

Ipoh food adventures

6:15-7PM Ipoh

Ipoh evening tour

7pm(7AM NYC)12PM London

Bubiko: Adventures in Photoshop at Thanas Wedding Photography

9pm(9am NYC)2pm London

Ipoh Evening food adventures

9-10 Ipoh

Free ebooks introduction

10pm(10am NYC)3pm London

Stephen Black and VR

11pm(11am NYC)4pm London

Stephen Black startup ideas

12am(12pm NYC)5pm Lon

Stephen Black and AR

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 (in Ipoh)

coming soon!