Category Archives: Voice of Pieces


  1. Tourism, travelling, dislocation, diaspora, nothing is stationary from the universal point of view, invisible connections
  2. Portrait of time spent in Jakarta, portrait of Jakarta, documentation of travelling through Jakarta, documentation of interaction with the people of Jakarta.
  3. "All art is self-portraiture." Yasumasa Morimura
  4.  This is unBeat. I intensely dislike On the Road yet admire the marketing campaign that converted that lengthy piece of terrible typing into a touchstone for a generation.
  5. Working seriously with, for the first time, a mobile phone, an  "old" Samsung. Also utilizing every Facebook feature I possibly can.
  6. Though it is an impossibility, megaJakarta is created with a total disregard for the audience and the industries of Art, Photography Video and Literature. Those who suffer through this four day ordeal may see a reversal of this approach.
  7. Portrait of Jakarta, Documentation of time spent in Jakarta, Capturing moments in Jakarta, Documentations of Jakarta created in less than one second, Ignoring photography while using a camera in Jakarta, self-portraiture using Jakarta as a substitute for the self.
  8. Ignoring marketing principles, especially those connected to social media, to create an art and text based commodity.
MegaJakarta 1 is here.

Facebook Live: What Would Andy Warhol Do?

Sleep Lonesome Cowboys Outer and Inner Space Flesh He would use his signature and technology to make money.Gallery Kia red and other colors_edited black cat wood   cat FB Live  

Stephen Black exhibition at Mettle Works Art Space

September 3, 4, 5 and 6... at Mettlework What's in store: Beach Road, a pioneering VR movie will be shown. Beach Road is a co-production between hiverlab and Stephen Black. SPOKEN will be projected live. Taste, Trial and Error: the kuehs are back! Tiong Bahru prints: black and white lens based artworks. Details soon to follow. Depth: appropriated artworks, back in the spotlight. Words Were the First VR:  talk and reading by Stephen Black. Music! 3how? Details and times to be posted soon.  



Gerald Leow, Artcore Punks, Shaiful Zerox and Stephen Black joined forces to create the installation, community art project/temporary gallery known as Foreign Love Club. The image is from one of the works presented.

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The formula: Gerald Leow, band logos as starting points.


Shaiful Zerox, man of mystery and loud wigs.


ArtCore Punks, the independent independents.


Stephen Black "“I learnt a number of things from my dad."


Foreign Love Club

Foreign Love Club are a group of artists who work in a variety of media. By demonstrating the omnipresent lingering of a ‘corporate world’,Foreign Love Club uses a visual vocabulary that addresses many different social and political issues. The work incorporates time as well as space – a fictional and experiential universe that only emerges bit by bit.

Their artworks demonstrate how life extends beyond its own subjective limits and often tells a story about the effects of global cultural interaction over the latter half of the twentieth century. They challenge the binaries we continually reconstruct between Self and Other, between our own ‘cannibal’ and ‘civilized’ selves. By merging several seemingly incompatible worlds into a new universe, they present everyday objects as well as references to texts, painting and architecture. Pompous writings and Utopian constructivist designs are juxtaposed with trivial objects. Categories are subtly reversed.

Foreign Love Club create situations in which everyday objects are altered or detached from their natural function. By applying specific combinations and certain manipulations, different functions and/or contexts are created. With the use of appropriated materials which are borrowed from a day-to-day context, their works reference post-colonial theory as well as the avant-garde or the post-modern and the left-wing democratic movement as a form of resistance against the logic of the capitalist market system.

Their works bear strong political references. The possibility, or the dream, of the annulment of a (historically or socially) fixed identity is a constant focal point. Foreign Love Club currently lives and works in Singapore.

- Chiaki Williams


Gerald very kindly asked me to participate in The PassionArts Village project at the Bedok reservoir. One morning as we were walking to the Happy Crab, I mentioned that I was interested in continuing work on the Foreigner image I'd worked on for the SPOKEN exhibition with Eugene Soh and other artists and writers. The Singaporean friend we were walking with mentioned that at the end of dances--tea dances, I think, they used to play  I Want To Know What Love Is, Foreigner's most popular song. I cringed, but Gerald started laughing.

Full disclosure: the first rock concert I paid to see was a triple bill of Walter Egan, Foreigner and Heart at the Toledo Sports Arena. The second time I saw them was in Tokyo, where they played with Loudness, Richie Blackmore's Rainbow and Sting,whose band included Wynton Marsalis. The first Foreigner experience was the start of a journey, the second was something like a job.

Igo Blado/Man Shed/Apel Hendrawan/Voice of Pieces/Happy Birthday Mom

Igo, Hello... I hope you are well. Today I went to your gallery next to the Man Shed and  I left a   pile of papers for you. These papers may be artworks, they may be things you should throw away. The papers may be part of a project called Voice of Pieces. There is no rush, but if you could take a photo of one or more of those pieces, it would be great. Then, do what you want with them.. I know this kind of art is very different from people like Apel Hendrawan, but the collective spirit is similar... This post is like being on a bike with a full tank of gas , clear weather and no map. Onward!   Stephen Black  

Stephen Black: Voice of Pieces, Le Mayeur Museum, Bali

On May 3, 4 and 5, Stephen Black will be at the Le Mayeur Museum, from 8AM-4PM. Note: the museum charges a 10,000 rupiah entrance fee. There is no other charge. Hello and thank you for your interest. This link takes you to reviews about Stephen Black's latest book, I Ate Tiong Bahru. He is currently concluding his next book, Bali Wave Ghost. More about Stephen Black: here. So what will it be like during the three days? Relaxing. Nothing much will happen. The museum itself is a dreamlike time capsule of Bali in the last century.Le Mayeur and his Balinese wife lived here, surrounded by Balinese art and the paintings of Le Mayeur. Black will be sitting outside in a small pavilion, converting useless scraps of paper into an art project called Voice of Pieces. Books and photobooks will be available to read and look through. Perhaps we can think of the event as a casual response to the seriousness of this. If you bring a camera, Black will be happy to take your photo.The museum is full of greenery, flowers and stone carvings. Even if it rains, the atmosphere is very pleasant. It would be nice to see you. Thanks for your interest! If you would like a free ebook copy of I Ate Tiong Bahru, click here. LaMeuyer base sb text final A SIMILAR, PREVIOUS EVENT This link takes you to the TripAdvisor page about the Le Mayeur Museum. Wikipedia entry about the painter and his wife. The entrance to the museum is near the boardwalk along the north part of Sanur beach, just south of Jl Hang Tuah. You will probably have to ask people as there are no big signs. This hotel is nearby: Diwangkara Holiday Villa, address: Jalan Hangtuah No. 54 Le Mayeur SB writing at the bar photo by Marian Maximum