Category Archives: Art

The topics reflect years spent in Asia: mainly Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong, as well as New York and Paris. Daulism starts here.

Tenten begins

Lately, musicians are going on the web to entertain, to give hope and, understandably, to make some money.

With Tenten, I am doing something like that. I would be surprised if I sell any books or music. This is mostly about connecting with old friends and making new ones. My hope is that I can provide twenty minutes of positive thoughts and energy every day.

I will be prepared before every program, and will not waste anyone's time. Stories for programs are always welcome. Planned topics include art, Asia, augmented reality, writing, photography and video.

If this goes well, I would think about how to upgrade the show technically. This would allow me to show photos, videos, links and do interviews. For now, videos and images will be supported by links on this blog.

In this, the first broadcast, I mentioned the following:

The Agaricus blazei Murrill Notebook. This was written in 2002, and is out of print. The ABM mushroom is extremely good for you, and delicious too.

Bus Stopping Book of photographs of Singapore, all including or referencing buses.

Secrets of Sushi by Kazuko and Chihiro Masui.

i ate tiong bahru, a best seller in Singapore.

i ate tiong bahru audio book

Bubiko Foodtour on Instagram. Search for Bubiko on this blog to find out more about her, including her guide to Augmented Reality.

3how was a dynamic improvisational music performance project in Singapore, co-founded by myself and Amith Narayan, whose projects include The Unseen Guest and The Silent State. 3how's CD is here. A blog post+video about 3how is here.

Serious fun: Corona, AR and handwashing

I have been concerned with health for as long as I can remember. In 2000 I wrote a book about a medicinal mushroom. My partner and I worked on a permaculture farm in Bali a few years ago. My diet is far from ideal, and I should exercise more, and work harder to be a vegetarian. Overall, though, my health is pretty good.

So... I am also very involved with AR... And, I wanted to test an idea, using a lighthearted approach to talk about the Corona situation. At breakfast I mentioned a few ideas to my mom, and an hour later, we had the result above.

Yes, it could be edited. The sound drops out. The camerawork is amateurish. The truth is that I didn't realize I was recording.

But there is a charm to the video, and a few concepts that I do not want to analyze too much.

The software is called FaceReplaced, and it is in beta. One result of this was that, at first, it appeared upside down when we put it on Facebook... Somehow, even that seemed appropriate for these times...

onwARd!

SB

Cap’n Blog (FaceReplaced beta test)

Thanks to Catchar, I discovered the FaceReplaced app. I installed and in less than 5 minutes had a very interesting little video. The following gives you an idea of what FaceReplaced can do but, yes...I hope you are viewing this on a mobile phone, as it seems to be upside down. This is a normal little hiccup for an app in beta. THIS BUG HAS BEEN FIXED.

Cap'n Blog be a wishin' you and yours a happy and hearty day.

FaceReplaced works exceptionally well, with no installation friction, and almost no learning curve.

I am now thinking of a way to get Bubiko in FaceReplaced, so that she can read sections from her book about AR. The challenge is that Face Replaced works best with real 3D objects, and at the moment, I only have Bubiko in 2D (paper) or as a digital adventurer in 2D videos and photos.

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Rochester, New York (early 2020)

I have had friends in Rochester since I went to RIT. I go back when I can, maybe once every ten years. This year I was fortunate to visit twice.

Paul by Peggi's table
Trees and snow
Russ's tree by the tracks
Valentine's Day at the Little
Dan, where the subway was.
from a class project celebrating "creative failure"
Faulkner's Mississippi, with photographs by William Eggleston
Scandy volumetric image of a sculpture 1
Scandy volumetric image of a sculpture 2
One of several videos shot in Manhattan, edited in Rochester; music by Margaret Explosion.Concept: Daniel Bainbridge.
The atmosphere of the Lower East Side, on a screen at Visual Studies Workshop. Hopefully this event can happen in April. This post gives a taste of the event.
Patrick Moschiano

I took quite a few notes while in Rochester; maybe a story, maybe a poem. This post is about Scorgie's, Rochester's answer to CBGB's.

As for these images, I'm thinking of making prints.

Disappear + Margaret Explosion (Rochester 2020)

Well, I could write about all of my experiences in Rochester and I could explain how I unexpectedly ended up there last week and how nice it was to stay with friends and listen to music and talk and keep the fire going, but, for now, I will simply share the two videos made.

shot on Valentine's Day...

Bubiko @ the Toledo Art Museum

Bubiko ended one decade and began another at the Toledo Museum of Art!

Happy to be here!
Sometimes, art is like dancing.
These are mysterious people!
A glass dress, a new decade.
New friends
New friends, old glass.
4/5 of The Antivillains
musicians on a simple white stage
5/5 of the Antivillains
About 9 hours of light
Self preservation
Bravery
2020+++

Adam @ Gathered Glass Studio

On the last day of the decade, I wandered around Toledo and discovered the hottest (and coolest) place in the city: Gathered Glassblowing Studio. I am very thankful that Adam was so open minded, and allowed me to shoot him in action.

I will rewrite this post very soon, and include the name of the other glass master, whose name I didn't get... I will also add more details about the process, the studio and Adam.

For now, here are the photos. I am looking forward to shooting the finished piece. (The first and second image are out of sequence, the others show the process in chronological order.)

Bubiko visits Paddington

At Paddington Station, in the store filled with all that is Paddington.
The famous statue. "Please look after this Bear. Thank you."
The world famous bear meets the world famous chef. Lobby of the Paddington Hilton, London.
Bubiko, in awe.

VIEW 2019 part 4

The Hugo Guerra of Hugo's Desk. Hugo is an extremely good compositor and teacher.

From my TV and gamemaking days, I have some familiarity with compositing. Although it is almost certain that I will never become a compositor, I sat in on Hugo's seminar. I think I retained about .001% of the technical information that Hugo shared, but observing his workflow and troubleshooting tips was inspiring.

The Addams Family: Reintroducing a Classic: the presenters, co-director Conrad Vernon and Producer Alexa Schwartz, spoke about the challenges in creating a new version of The Addams Family. Although the story is contemporary, the two looked at the original drawings of Charles Addams. His drawings, featured in The New Yorker magazine, were the basis of the original TV show.

Conrad and Alexa presented like the professionals that they are. They completed each other's sentences. They kept the topics moving. Perhaps they rehearsed and planned for a long time, or maybe they just improvised so informatively because they knew their subject so well. They showed clips and explained the stories behind them. If there is an Addams Family Hall of Fame, Conrad and Alexa should be in it.

Animated movies have their own unique characteristics, but they also act as "containers" for other art forms, music being the most obvious example, drawing being another. However, successful animated characters are the result of combining drawing, sculpture, programming and... dreaming. Animated characters are often realistic, but they can ignore the laws of physics. Dreams and animation need no logic.

Having said that, the more a VFX operator/CG artist/animator studies reality, the better. Noticing the almost imperceptible muscles movements of the human body results in all kinds of possibilities, especially when one must make a character react to something unexpected. The following clip was shown by Theodore Tye, as part of his excellent presentation entitled Beyond Eye Darts: A Closer Look at Acting for Animation:

This masterclass, through the analysis of clips from animated and live- action films as well as acting theory, takes a fun, in-depth look at the study and execution of both comedy and dramatic acting for animation.

Following is one of the clips shown to exemplify a reaction worth studying.

VIEW took place in OGR Turino, an arts center in what was once a train station.
Glen McIntosh is a paleo-artist, and the supervising artist for Jurassic World.Glen's first film was Star Wars: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. It was a pleasure to watch him work and share his stories.
Turin is a delight!
Bubiko photobombing animation bigwigs.
Hal Hickel, a legend at Industrial Light and Magic.Winner of both an Academy Award and BAFTA. He has worked on Star Wars, Jurassic Park, AI, Pirates of the Caribbean, Toy Story and The California Raisins!
Closing party. The London Siggraph people put copies of interesting black and white images on the tables, making Offtopic a bit like their Drink and Draw nights in London.

I have just settled down after travelling for over two months. I am still processing all that I learned and experienced at VIEW and an other post is on its way.

VIEW 2019 part 3

I used to study moire patterns and halftone printing. So, this image, and others like it, was a treat. This image was taken during a talk by Danny Dimian!

Danny Dimian is a visual effects supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks, most recently supervising the Academy Award-winning SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE for Sony Pictures Animation.

His presentation was proof that daring art can happen in large institutions. Yes, it can be said that Sony wanted a new stylized look for the Spiderverse movie(s). However, many, many times this desire for a new look results in simply hiring a trendy director/VFX person who then spends the money on the flavor of the month gear/software. The result can look dated very quickly.

Danny's team went retro; they researched old comic books and found the techniques (and flaws) that make them so distinctive. Halftone dots and misaligned printing being two examples. They also collected the words, exclamation points and marks that add impact.

They then used these as the basis for experimentation and also brought in painters to create stylistic possibilities. In short, there was a lot trial and error involved with bringing the look of old printing into the age of 8K.

So, this happened. Looking for a place to quietly check my email; Danny was looking for a place to quietly save the Spiderverse. Or something like that.
Jill Culton shared the inspirations and challenges of Abominable.
The discussion about Women in Animation: Jill Culton, Maureen Fan, Janelle Croshaw Ralla, Angie Wojak, Wieke Schrakamp, Carolyn Giardina and Alex Schwartz. The Facebook Spark app allows Bubiko to be on stage as well, but the photo quality is not great.

The Women in Animation panel was serious, yet insightful and lighthearted. Hopefully the unwanted challenges described will become nonexistent for the next generation of women, and the opportunities will increase.

Paul Debevec What he does for Google Daydream and the University of Southern California is very interesting, but also very difficult to explain. New Yorker magazine profiled him, and explained things nicely.
A photo from Paul Debevec's presentation.

This is the third post of a series.