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ARphabet Tour

Stephen Black

the ARphabet tour

Indiegogo Prelaunch  page.

With the three topics of AR, Books and Mango Sticky Rice, The ARphabet tour starts at ARIA at MIT, January 14 and 15, 2019.  AR-themed presentations are one part of the tour, the second involves readings and writing workshops.There is also a component called The Mango Sticky Rice Experience.http://www.blacksteps.tv/the-mango-sticky-rice-experience-part-of-the-arphabet-tour/

The ARphabet Tour is fun, serious and now taking bookings for the United States and Canada. After stops at SXSW in Austin, Texas and the Game Developers' Conference in San Francisco, The ARphabet Tour will wind down around the first of April.


Newest version of the flyer.

Although I am planning an AR startup, the talk is about AR trends and developments. I am not using this tour as a way to directly seek investors or partners. I am interested in promoting AR as a whole.

Here is an example, from my workshops last summer, at HK  PolyU.

AR: 2018 State of the Art Workshop @ Hong Kong PolyU

AR Presentations

Presentation will be focused  to provide maximum relevant information to any of the following groups. No AR knowledge or experience necessary. Consultations should be scheduled separately.

  • General
  • Children
  • Grade School Students
  • High School Students
  • University Students
  • Advertising/Media
  • Food Industry
  • Medical
  • Artists, including Dancers and Sculptors
  • Filmmakers
  • Writers and Poets 
  • Investors

Unless requested otherwise, the presentations are not overly technical and consist of personal experiences and observations about the past, present and future of AR.

Introducing  Bubiko Foodtour, an AR character

Readings and Workshops

Son of a book salesman, author of fiction and non fiction, writer for TV, websites and magazines, Stephen is well experienced with the art of writing. One of his books, I  Ate Tiong Bahru, is a national bestseller in Singapore. The readings provide a behind-the scenes look at Stephen's writing techniques, inspirations ad challenges. Stephen's books and related videos and reviews can be found here.

Workshops, as much as possible, focus on ideas and text provided by students. After explaining his own writing process, write and share their own texts and ideas, which are evaluated individually and with the class as a whole. Workshops can be modified for any age group or level of writing experience. I have taught English in Japan,as well as creative writing/poetry performance  in Singapore. I also studied in an invite-only class with Robert McKee, the legendary teacher and author of Story, the definitive guide to screenwriting.

Publishing Magnates
Stephen Black , Book Merah CEO/author , with Stuart Rankin, Chairman of The Dundercats Multimedia Group.
360 films
Stephen Black in Beach Road, the 360VR film he co-produced with Hiverlab. The film has been featured in festivals in Las Vegas, Brisbane and Singapore.

Mango Sticky Rice. Yes, we will also be doing presentations and workshops on mango sticky rice. Why? Because mango sticky rice is Bubiko Foodtour's favorite food. We researched it extensively during our tour of Southeast Asia, especially in Thailand.

About Stephen Black

After graduating with a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Stephen Black experienced the growth of digital media from these viewpoints: as a photographer, as a video artist in New York's  Lower East Side and Japan; as a producer/writer/director for Cartoon Network and Turner Classic Movies in Hong Kong, and as a self-publisher of ebooks, books and photography books.

He was first drawn to the possibilities of spatial computing/AR/VR as the creative director for a $3.2 million game-making startup in Singapore. In 2007 he committed himself to writing books, while anticipating the arrival of AR and VR. And here we are...

Presentations and workshops by Stephen Black
A Chinese newspaper review of i ate tiong bahru. iatb is available as an audio book and a softcover, on Amazon. The first edition of the printed version is sold out.

Troublemaker !

Troublemaker, in Shenzhen.

construction process
Trouble Maker in Shenzhen, meeting

One chapter in Alphabet Spikes will be about Trouble Maker.

HQB Vibe

Photo Documentation by Stephen Black of FAI Drone Racing Championships, Shenzhen 2018 (part 1)

International drone racing championship in Shenzhen: the birth of a sport!



If you know the names of the people in the photos, please let me know, especially if you have contact info.

Feel free to use the images for noncommercial uses. If the photos are to be used for commercial purposes, please contact me, and I will contact those in the photos.  
The four days in Shenzhen were fantastic. I met Lunchbox and The Lunchbox Lady! I also was inspired to write a story called Life Pilot for  Alphabet Spikes.

Onwaird!

STORE grand opening HK PolyU

STORE grand opening HK PolyU

More photos here. Event information here. Will this event be mentioned in Alphabet Spikes?

Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong 2018: Photos by Stephen Black

To learn more about character goods for the Bubiko Foodtour AR project, we visited Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong. If you have a question, please ask in the comments section. I went because of Bubiko, because of Alphabet Spikes and because I wanted to see what was happening with AR and VR.

AR, VR and Every R in Between (July 7, 2018)

HAPPENING NOW: STEPHEN BLACK'S EBOOKS: FREE AND DISCOUNTED Taking place during the Maker Faire Hong Kong, was AR, VR and Every R in Between, organized by Dr. Ludovic Krundel, of the Digital Entertainment Lab, School of Design at HK PolyU. Here is a link to bios of some of the people who made the day so interesting. Plus, there was Kandao and SnapPop. Photos by Stephen Black and Bubiko Foodtour. 360VR video of the event is here! 360VR video of this is here. Day 2 is here.

Penang Christmas 24 hour Food Documentation

Artist/writer/AR startup founder Stephen Black's photo notes for a story to be featured in Eating Where Orwell Ate. The documentation began about 10PM on December 24, 2017 and lasted for about 24 hours.

Eating Where Orwell Ate is a companion piece to his bestselling book i ate tiong bahru.

Activities in Ipoh

Unexpectedly, but happily, I have became involved in a number of projects and activities in Ipoh.

1. IPOH: 38 iPhone Photographs by Bubiko Foodtour. On Amazon.

2. The world's first AR Photo Exhibition

3. TT5

tin dredge

brainstorming on the idea of Ipoh identity

4. IPOH BOOK/STORIES

5. EXHIBITION ON WALLS OF HOTEL ABBY WINDOWS

6. YASMIN AHMAD MUSEUM

7. MUSEUM ASSOCIATION

Augmented Reality in Asia

article about Stephen Black in Ipoh

8. KOO KEE

9. FACEBOOK LIVE HOTEL PROJECT

10.BRANDING CAMPAIGN

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.