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Stephen Black: Ipoh/Perak Artist in Residence 2018

A4 self-promotion document

when printed out on A4 paper, this explains Stephen Black's background, AR plans and network.

An artist-in-residency would enable Stephen Black's completed Ipoh projects, and new ones, to be shared internationally.

His research about Perak and Ipoh, his Ipoh/Perak multimedia projects and his international experiences as an artist and writer could be shared internationally. Although based on heritage, multiculturalism, natural wonders and food, the spirit of the artworks is forward thinking, especially in regards to technology.

In all cases, the artworks support the ideas of community, multiculturalism and the idea of "doing locally and thinking globally".

An artist-in-residency would allow the following existing projects to be publicized and further developed, in addition to new ones being created.

IPOH IDENTITY(PHOTOS + TEXT)

The first of several blog posts on the Ipoh branding project is here.

TT5 (AR DISCUSSIONS AND MORE)

Since opening in October 2017, TT5 is rapidly establishing itself as a destination for locals and foreign visitors.

woam tour guide in industrial area

The TT5 tin dredge in Ipoh, Malaysia is a popular tourist attraction. Here, a guide explains the workings of the dredge.

Crowd receiving a tour.

On the deck of the last remaining tin mining dredge in Malaysia, a guide gives an explanation

tours of industrial places

A tour entering the last remaining tin dredge in Malaysia.

tin dredge

brainstorming by Stephen Black on the idea of Ipoh identity

YASMIN AHMAD MUSEUM at KONG HENG

Featuring the works of filmmaker and poet Yasmin Hamda, this museum is planning a project that would use AR to connect scenes from Yasmin's movies with their actual locations in Ipoh, by using AR.here are many possibilities here...

Facebook screen capture

Screen capture of Facebook page for Yasmin at Kong Heng

HOTEL ABBY

An interesting hotel with an excellent reputation among international budget travelers, the Abby Hotel hosted the Ni Art Week in 2016. It was also the basis for Stephen Black's 72 hour Facebook Live event and the surrounding area is featured prominently in the IPHOh: 38 iPhone Photos by Bubiko Foodtour AR project. The hotel's rooftop terrace offers the best spot to admire the sun setting over Ipoh.

Ipoh, Malaysia

IPOH:38 iPhone Photographs by Bubiko Foodtour first test of beta, by Claire Monfray

SYMPHONY SUITES BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Located near some of Ipoh's most impressive limestone caves and literally across the street from pomelo vendors and the Nam Thean Tong Temple, Symphony Suites was the location for another experimental 60 hour Facebook live event. Pomelos in Ipoh

IPOH: 38 Photos by Bubiko Foodtour The world's first AR Photo Exhibition

Soon available on Google Play and the Apple App Store.

IPOH: 88 iPhone Photographs by Bubiko Foodtour Advertising and marketing to follow, as well as a print version. For now, the ebook version is available on Amazon.

IPOH SING!

This online photo and video exhibition was an unofficial part of the Singapore-Ipoh Causeway Exchange project.

NEW BOOK PROJECT

The author of eight books, Stephen Black is currently writing about the Ipoh area. The book combines research with personal observations and will be stylistically similar to i ate tiong bahru, which is a bestseller in Singapore.

Augmented Reality in Asia

Malay Mail article about Stephen Black in Ipoh

2018

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3how

AR (Augmented Reality)

Beach Road 360 “VR” movie (+ screening at Singapore National Museum)

360 films

Stephen Black in Beach Road, the film he co-produced with Hiverlab

Stephen Black’s Book and ebooks

Bubiko Foodtour

David Severn

The Doughbots

The Dundercats

The Fierce Aunty’s No-nonsense Guide to the Perfect Laksa by Nazlina Hussin

Hotel Abby 72 hour Facebook Live Event

i ate tiong bahru

I ate where Orwell ate

Instagram Bubiko Foodtour

Ipoh’s Branding as a Tourist Destination

IPOH: 38 iPhone Photographs by Bubiko Foodtour AR app on Google Play and Apple’s App Store

IPOH: 88 iPhone Photographs by Bubiko Foodtour ebook on Amazon

SPOKEN virtual gallery

Symphony Suites 60 hour Facebook Live event

Thumb-shaped kueh artwork

Toyo photo and video art and book project

TT5!

Ipoh Identity Digital Sketches: Miscellanious

The first part of this three part series is here. tin dredge branding for destination cities

Ipoh Identity Digital Sketches: Food

More notes and ideas on the identity of Ipoh, Malaysia. Again, the tools used were an iPhone and Microsoft Paint. Am looking forward to getting feedback and developing these further. The first of this three part series is here.

Augmented Reality and Tourism

Augmented Reality and tourism are an ideal combination. Tourists want to learn things simply and quickly; AR is great at displaying data, maps and visual content. I have not yet tried the following apps, but from their descriptions and reviews, they seem to be  great examples of the future of Augmented Reality and tourism. Histars Available only for iPhones, this app enables user to see and learn about famous historical figures, in the locations where they lived. Metro AR Pro Find the nearest train/metro/subway/chikatetsu station almost anywhere in the world. Metro AR Pro automatically detects which city you are in, as well as your location and provides a list of the closest stations. Shake your phone and the app will guide you by putting an overlay over the view in your camera. Tel Aviv has a number of projects in which AR benefits DMOs (destination marketing organizations). https://destinationthink.com/tel-aviv-smart-tourism-initiative-collaboration-technology/ ViewRanger works with a mobile phone and allows users to instantly locate themselves, get directions and identify their surroundings. It can be used offline.
ViewRanger Skyline lets you explore the outdoors with augmented reality, using your phone or tablet's camera to label more than 9 million landscape features. It works offline anywhere in the world and is FREE to use.
Yelp/Monocle Yelp features a "More" tab at the bottom of the screen. Click that , select "Monocle" and an AR viewer will appear. Point it around you and business names, reviews and more will appear. When you hold your phone flat, map view appears. Hatsune Miku in a cafe. Augmented reality and tourismPokemon type events could attract fans to certian places to "meet" anime characters. Hatsune Miku recently made  a five day appearance at a cafe in northern Japan. Her event was connected with a phone launch.

AUDIO AR

Sound can also be effectively used in AR, though not many apps have emerged yet. One great example is VoiceMap. Combining GPS with stories recorded by locals or experts on a specific area, VoiceMap allows visitors to gain intimate and unique information about an area. AR will undoubtedly result in new ways for spoken language and translation to be utilized. The above uses are all for "outside", but even before travellers leave their home,  AR may be influencing their travel plans. Booking and planning AR apps are rolling out. AR can provide  information, education, translation and help with all kind of decision making, before during and after the travel experience.

Bubiko Foodtour

Bubiko Foodtour is a character made for augmented reality and tourism. She will debut in the AR world in 2018. Part Charlie Chaplin, part Anthony Bourdain and part Hello Kitty, she will entertain and inform food lovers all over the world. Bubiko is on Facebook and Instagram.

About Me

My name is Stephen Black and I am experienced with gaming, music, producing, and working on network TV productions (Cartoon Network, CNN, Fox, Fuji TV and France 2) i have a degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Photographic Illustration, and  a wide range of experiences as a professional artist. I have written eight books, including a national bestseller in Singapore.
paper doll grey boxing for AR

Bubiko test version

   

Stephen Black: Augmented Reality Producer

Stephen Black has been the producer of numerous digital visual projects. These include the world's first exhibition of photographs in Augmented Reality, a self-produced project about Ipoh, Malaysia. His experiences as a producer range from high-profile commercial work to "no budget" underground art collaborations.

Black has worked for, or with: Annie Liebovitz, Kumiko Akiyoshi, CNN, Fuji TV, Fox, France 2, and WalkerAsia, a joint venture between Singapore, Kadokawa, Mitsubishi and Dentsu. Also, projects with butoh legend Kazuo Ohno and his son, Yoshito. Black wrote the text for a fictitious biography that formed the basis of Michael Lee's Office Orchitect artwork for the 2011 Singapore Biennale. He was a producer for CNN's Worldbeat music show and a co-producer for 3how's Riverwalk Session CD.

Upcoming AR projects for which Black is the producer are: Bubiko Foodtour, the Doughbots, and Secret Donut World.

These characters, plus original software are the basis of his startup, which aims to be the Pixar of AR. Additionally a collaboration with The Dundercats is being planned for Christmas, 2017. Black was the co-producer of Beach Road, a 360 movie that was featured at the 2015 Brisbane Film Festival and nominated for Best Experimental Film at the 2016 Las Vegas VR Festival.

SPOKEN , for which Black was a co producer, with Eugene Soh, is a virtual gallery; and art and writing project with an extremely diverse group of writers and artists.

AR is a new medium; a new stage, a magic platform to make everything new again. Movies, writing, dance, theatre, games, photography... let's go! onwARd!"

Indie Event Producer

In the fall of 2017  Black was the producer of an experiment which combined durational art, corporate branding, social media (especially Facebook Live), visual art and writing. The  event took place on the roof of the Abby Hotel in Ipoh, Malaysia and lasted for 72 hours. This led to a similar event, of  60 hours, which took place at the Symphony Suites Hotel, also in Ipoh.

Another recent project for which Black was the producer was the Sudden VR Festival, held at the Isetan on Singapore's Orchard Road in 2016. The festival was held in order to promote VR in Singapore, and featured contributions from local VR producers.

Black is the producer of Book Merah, which he established as a way of branding his publishing and writing activities.

Producer of Yoast-influenced text

So that this post would be SEO friendly, I followed the suggestions of Yoast. This is why the word "producer" appears so frequently, and the writing is not in my usual style.  For example, Yoast discourages sentences that are  more than twenty words long. Yoast encourages the uses of "transitional words", like 'in order to', 'as a way of',' so that' etc.

Interesting... looking forward to seeing where this ends up in the SEO rankings. Which reminds me: I have to thank Neil Patel for suggesting Yoast. Both Yoast and Neil's advice are free.

AR photo exhibition: Ipoh by Bubiko Foodtour

Thank you for your interest in what may be the first ever AR photographic exhibition. Bubiko Foodtour, the world's first AR superstar, is a chef who loves taking pictures of food, travel and culture. Here she presents her iPhone photographs of Ipoh, Malaysia. Full of natural beauty, great food and a fascinating history, Ipoh charmed Bubiko completely. Ipoh: 88 iPhone photographs by Bubiko Foodtour ebook on Amazon (THIS POST IS A PLACEHOLDER AND LINKS TO BUBIKO'S PHOTO EXHIBITION ARE SCHEDULED TO APPEAR HERE ON OCTOBER 13, 2017. THERE WILL BE LINKS TO iTUNES AND GOOGLE PLAY.)

IPOH SING: New works by Stephen Black and Bubiko Foodtour

Visual art, video art, haiku and photographs of Tiong Bahru Singapore and Ipoh, Malaysia. Stephen Black: artist, producer, author of the bestselling book, i ate tiong bahru. Bubiko Foodtour is AR's first indie superstar! Aroi mak mak!

Tiong Bahru Mouth by Stephen Black

Ipoh in August by Stephen Black and Bubiko Foodtour

This post is a response to the Singapore/Ipoh Causeway Exchange Project

https://www.facebook.com/tiongbahrumouthhaiku/

i ate tiong bahru

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Abby Hotel

22 Hale Street Heritage Museum

Stephen Black is now completing an ebook of visual imagery called iPoh, iPhone. If you would like a free copy, send a reason why to bubikofoodtour atmark gmail.com. Bubiko is on Facebook.

Black Tofu Soup and The Reality of a Late Afternoon

I’m multi-tasking; this short piece of writing hops across topics like Southeast Asian cuisine, Bubiko Foodtour, self-promotion, AR, VR, branding, racism, philosophy, and the meaning of life. In short: I’m rambling.

We get out of a Grab car in front of a McDonald’s. A young Malay is standing and eating soft ice cream. We ask where the police station is. He doesn’t know, but asks an elderly Chinese, who does. Both men are friendly. We quickly set off down the covered sidewalk. Our destination is the cart of a vendor who sells kidney bean soup and almond paste. The internet says he is near the police station and he sells out by 5, sometimes earlier. It’s now 4:30.

VRLab! I didn’t know there was one here. This morning I had exchanged emails regarding an interview with Dato Jack, VR Lab’s founder. From outside, I can see two women signing in. I enter, explain my connection with Dato Jack, and am allowed to watch. After a thorough explanation and simple instructions, the two women put on headsets. First, they move their heads in all directions, then they slowly manipulate their hands and arms, acquiring the skills to become virtual archers. I study all this because I am writing a book about VR and haptics, as well as planning an AR startup that will eventually expand to VR.

The TV screens in the room show me what they are seeing: a castle under siege. Suddenly, an axe-thrower attacks so suddenly that the woman with braids jumps. Her headset falls off. I leave after a few minutes, by which time they are fully immersed: crouching, cautiously turning and laughing. They are killing people with arrows.

We rush back outside. The sky is soft and complex: rain clouds/blue sky/sunlight/evening. The atmosphere is fresh and I’m glad to have a camera. We find the soup vendor. He’s surrounded by people, all of whom seem to have placed large orders to bring back home. Nearby is a truck stall selling assam laksa. The aroma is uniquely seductive, like a tart, mysterious fruit beckoning from a bed of homemade noodles.

We are soon seated at a rickety table, experiencing multiple foodgasms from the assam laksa, the kidney bean soup, the almond paste and a plate of perfectly fried kway teow that we couldn’t resist. We finish and head into the U-shaped market. In an hour it will be packed.

Ears of sweet corn! I can honestly say I am a farmboy from Ohio, with many memories of corn fields and corn roasts. However, the corn I picked and the cows I milked were actually in Michigan. (OK, full disclosure, about the cows: There was only one. I was a five-year-old visiting a farm with my family. And, yeah... I was too shy to squeeze anything.)

A sign for Pun Tofu! Word play that is not wordplay. I write, often about food. Eight books. One, i ate tiong bahru, is a national bestseller in Singapore. Stories about my IT/VR/AR adventures in Hong Kong and Singapore will soon be a series on Popularium. This trip to the market is research for the text part of Bubiko Foodtour, an AR project. A stall sells kuehs and this is good: I heart kuehs.

The sky is peacefully exploding. Sharply outlined clouds, bulging with water vapor, dissolve into darkening, ragged zones of blue and orange. More generators are started. The lights of the night market come on as the moon rises in a kaleidoscopic sea of twilight. We eat black tofu. This same stall had intrigued us at another market, but we hadn’t tried it. We watch it being made and find a table. Surprisingly, the chicken soup served with it has the taste of green tea. The news of the day encroaches unexpectedly: skin color and Charlottesville.

I remember an article I found while doing research. In a city in Malaysia, over an unspecified period, the police took action on illegal street vendors. The breakdown: 158 actions against Chinese-based businesses, 103 against Malay businesses, 31 against Indians and 13 on other races. The harmonious flavors in the black tofu soup are wonderful , but not enough to take me away from thoughts about Nazis, Communists and the White House.

We step into the crowd one last time, studying foods like nasi lemak, Vietnamese pizza and salt-baked chicken. Five blind Chinese, all elderly, sit on red plastic chairs and sing Chinese songs. A man plays acoustic guitar, a woman taps a tambourine. There is a bowl at the woman’s feet. We listen as we watch Murtabak Sam make pandan pancakes with bamboo charcoal flour. We call a Grab and wait.

Now, here on Medium, are some of my experiences, my reality at that market. As I wrote this I remembered scenes, recalled what I was thinking and added new thoughts. I input my data into the internet, and now it is all over the world.

…one kind of wonder after another kind of wonder, all in something wondrous...

Toyo Project 3 (KL presentation)

I am doing a presentation in Kuala Lumpur about Toyo's work. The location is Tandang Records/The Zhongshan Building at Kampung Attap.

This link explains my relationship to Toyo.

This link goes to a series of posts about a photographic collaboration with Mee-Young Arkim. The posts outline some of my ideas on the art of photography.

The Japanese photographer in Bali Wave Ghost..

FA-Q was an artist with impact and a friend of Toyo's.

The Guardian on "the art-punk firestorm".

Rivington School: 80s Underground, book launch at Printed Matter

Special thanks to OUR ArtProjects and CC!