Category Archives: Haptics

Haptics: Bubiko, Lei Cha and Data Science (Ingredients)

This is the second post in a series in which I have fun with lei cha, haptics and Bubiko. Later, when things are more organized and clear, I hope this catch the interest of data scientists, information specialists and CG filmmakers/animators. There is a fun dimension to all of this, but I seriously wonder what would happen if 1% of the earth's population ate one bowl of lei cha a week...10%? 100% ?What would happen environmentally, economically and to the health of everyone and the planet?

For now, a list of ingredients. In a future post, I will describe the ingredients and add links.If you know some ingredients that I missed, please add them in the comments section. Also, tips on places that make great lei cha are always welcome! Those too, can go in the comments section.

OK...the ingredients.(NOT a recipe)

The tea broth above is from Vege Station in Johor Jaya, one of my favorite places for lei cha.

INGREDIENTS for BROTH

100 gram basil

30 grams cilantro

Some salt

Sweet potato leaves

Broccoli

Garlic

Green beans

Chinese long beans (long-podded cowpeas)

Celery stalks

Basil

Oregano

Acenthopanax trifoliateus

Coriander

Artemisia

Sawtooth

Moringa leaves

Dill

INGREDIENTS FOR BOWL

Dried peeled shrimp

Sautéed meat

Dried tofu

Peanuts

Dried radish

Snow lotus

Ginko

Lotus

Gordon Euryale seeds

Green peas

Job’s tears

Chinese yam

Adzuki

Rice

Jack

Mung or scarlet runner beans

Soybeans

Black soybeans

Millet wheat

Wheat or red wheat

Barley

Buckwheat

Oats

Brown rice

It is likely that there are other ingredients.

Stelarc: the sound of three hands clapping (#3 in the Haptics series)

Three hands clapping. Maybe the phrase is a cyborg Zen riddle. Maybe it’s not. I can only imagine Stelarc’s reaction upon seeing the phrase. He'll either ignore it and plunge into the heart of the text, or laugh his Aussie-mad-scientist laugh..

This post is casual, a pleasant way to continue my haptics series. So much of writing, art and AR/VR is done in isolation and it is refreshing and important to remember the human side of things. I’m reminded of how unusual the “facts” of my life can be: In Singapore’s Little India, I once had dinner with a man with an ear on his arm.

When I lived in Japan, I was fortunate to document a few of Stelarc’s performances that featured The Third Hand, including his monorail suspension, his "last". Years before that event, I was working in lower Manhattan, not far from where Stelarc suspended himself over 11th Street. Two of my friends rushed in and told me about the “guy who was hanging by fish hooks”. The information caused me to become became pale and deeply confused.

Photo by Toyo Tsuchiya used with permission.

Now, when I meet Stelarc, it is like seeing a dear friend, one who is always stimulating.

Stephen Black as lab rat

effect of low voltage electricity on muscles demonstration

Stelarc ear on arm

LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. With Urich Lau and Steve Dixon. My first and only photobomb.

http://www.blacksteps.tv/unlocking-with-ears-stelarc/
man, hat, smartphone and dragonfly

Stelarc recording winged body, by Stephen Black

Stelarc has a piece in SPOKEN, a co-production between myself and Eugene Soh, The Dude. The first part of this series is here.

Haptics: Giving VR the Finger (2 of a series)

(The first of my posts on haptics is here. Some posts in this series are technical, some are interviews, some are essays; all are handy and some are touching.)

To truly understand haptics, one must be aware of those glorious, sensitive tools that are always at arm’s length.

Hand performance

from the Mare Vaporum project

"The human hand is an engineering marvel. There is no more impressive example of functional anatomy. It can grab and release, caress and defend. Learn karate, and you can break bricks with it. It’s a mechanism of precision and flexibility. A maestro can play the piano and the violin with the same hand. It’s a way of seeing. Close your eyes, and you can identify almost anything you touch. It’s an organ of sensuality—the fingers have more nerve endings than almost any other part of the body—and an organ of expression and communication. Not for nothing has Dr. Kodi Azari made the hand—its function, its reconstruction, and its transplantation—his life’s work."

hand transplant

hand, transplanted: photo by Michael Lewis for Los Angeles Magazine

“I’m not a religious person, but if there’s any evidence of divine intervention, it has to be the human hand,” he says. “It’s perfect.”

-Amy Wallace writing for Los Angeles Magazine, March 20, 2017. Her article is highly recommended, for anyone. It continues...

Azari, who is 48, is the surgical director of the Hand Transplant Program at UCLA, where he’s worked since 2008. The field is still in its relative infancy. The first hand transplant to achieve prolonged success was performed 18 years ago in Louisville; by 2015, fewer than 85 procedures had been undertaken worldwide. But Azari is at the forefront. He’s traveled the country as one of the lead surgeons in five hand transplants conducted at the University of Pittsburgh and at Johns Hopkins University, including the first double-hand transplant and the first arm transplant performed in the United States. Then, in 2011, he and a team of 16 others did the first hand transplant west of the Rockies, at UCLA. The recipient was Emily Fennell, a 26-year-old single mom who’d lost her right hand in a traffic accident."

The complete article: http://www.lamag.com/longform/the-hollywood-exec-and-the-hand-transplant-that-changed-his-life/ The Hollywood Exec and the Hand Transplant That Changed His Life In just 30 hours, a superfit reality TV producer went from the top of his game to the precipice of death. What happened next would teach him everything about grace, resolve, and the power of love.

Jersey Finger

Gloves in space: this article, from 2009, details some of NASA’s requirements for hand coverings. https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn18166-nasa-seeks-its-one-true-glove/

hand performance

http://www.blacksteps.tv/mare-vaporum-open-source-video-source-material/

TALK TO THE HAND

Haptics: Giving VR the Finger (1 of a series )

Rethink the body for a moment. The skin; the largest organ. The wondrous organs and processes within this sack of flesh, especially the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. With everything working together, we can do things like jump, speak and button our clothes.

Zooming in on the act of buttoning a shirt, we see a number of interactions. The brain controls muscles related to the eyes, arms and hands. Information about texture and positioning is exchanged between brain and fingers. Muscles and tendons make movements, some obvious, some extremely subtle. Fingertips maneuver the object. Voila! The shirt is buttoned. All parts of the buttoning operation are important. However, from the viewpoint of haptics, the three nerves connected to the fingers deserve a closer look.

The median nerve controls the thumb and wrist. It also gives feeling to the skin around the palm, thumb, middle and index fingers. It runs down the inside of the arm, crosses the front of the elbow and passes through the wrist bones and connective tissue of the carpal tunnel. Compressing the median nerve over a long period can result in carpal tunnel syndrome.

Another nerve, the ulnar nerve, is connected to the muscles that bend the wrist and fingers. It passes behind the elbow. When someone says, “I hit my funny bone”, the correct reply is,”what you are actually saying is that you’ve unexpectedly stimulated your ulnar nerve, resulting in that unusual, wacky tingling sensation”.

Spock rockin' that ulnar nerve/ flexor digitalis superficialis action.

Finally, the radial nerve, which straightens the wrist, thumb and fingers. It gives feeling to the skin on the back of the hand, as well as the index finger, middle finger, and half of the ring finger. Considered by many to be the second most important nerve in the body, the radial nerve is also responsible for bending the elbow.

My interest in haptics is not yet linked to any projects, commercial or artistic. This series of haptics-related blog posts is open-ended, but, the following topics seem likely to follow, in this order: nerve endings, sensors, and haptic-related products. I am especially interested in the intersection of haptics and music. I hope to also again speak with Stelarc about his possible haptics-related projects. I was fortunate to document some of his third hand projects, as well as chat with his prosthetic head. FWIW, I have only knowingly photobombed once:

Stelarc third ear

Stephen Black's first and only photobomb.Stelarc, Uerich Lau, Steve Dixon and ? LASALLE College of the Arts

Black and white photo courtesy of Toyo Tsuchiya, from his No Se No documentation project.

Part two of this series is here.

SPOKEN project description, reviews, interviews, background of project

collage title page Spoken virtual gallery gallery sgSpoken

A virtual gallery project by Eugene Soh and Stephen Black, Spoken features an eclectic range of artists, including Stelarc, Yasumasa Morimura,Vincent Leow, Christophe Charles and Hans Lagner. Spoken refers to the idea that the curators have spoken to all of the artists, a simple but profound starting point. Documentary writing, flash fiction and metafiction are an important part of Spoken. The exhibition is also the location for He in Spoken, a short machinima film now in preproduction.

ICON Martell Eugene

http://www.timeoutsingapore.com/aroundtown/exhibitions/icon-de-martell-cordon-bleu-2014

Note: we are pleased to announce that Eugene Soh is a nominee in the ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu 2014, one of Singapore's most highly regarded photography competitions. This will result in some postponement of the September release, though the text, machinima and internet-related aspects will continue as planned. Eugene's photography work is now on display in Singapore:

About Eugene Soh: A recent graduate of Nanyang Technological University’s School of Art, Design and Media, is recognized as being a pioneer in the Singapore Web Art movement. The Last Kopitiam, Eugene's update of The Last Supper, has been very well received and exemplifies his light-hearted approach to art.http://www.dude.sg/ The Future Audience: Eugene Soh at TEDxYouth@Singapore http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pDoS68DtLk< Steve and Eugene In gallerysg square crop Eugene Soh and Stephen Black at the Web Art Show at Gallery.sg[/caption]

About Stephen Black

After graduating from the Rochester Institute of Technology, began a journey through art, Asia and writing. In Tokyo he worked with butoh dancers, including Kazuo Ono. In Hong Kong he produced promotional videos for Cartoon Network and Turner Classic movies. Art, writing and life experiences in New York and Paris; in 2002, he began working with virtual reality in Singapore. Books by Stephen Black include Obama Search Words, Furikake, Bus Stopping and I Ate Tiong Bahru. Contact With Shadow is becoming unglued. 

Contact With Shadow on Unglue

https://unglue.it/work/137647/

Overview mindmap

Interior of Gallery, work in progress

Interior of Gallery, work in progress. A gif  artwork by Paul Periera and a painting from the Crime Faces series by Paul Dodd.

Gallery.sg

-An original concept by Eugene Soh, gallery.sg is unique and entertaining.

-Visitors can easily walk through the gallery and chat with each other.

- Pop up displays provide information about the artists and artworks

- Inspired by the Hawkeye Crates Art Space in Brooklyn, the virtual gallery features numerous architectural details as well as a few surprises.

- the artworks are the starting point for the layout and the gallery is being created specifically for them. Lighting and information displays are dedicated to each individual artwork.

-The artworks are available for sale, prices upon request.

Note: Spoken will be in a completely new space at gallery.sg, which is presently hosting the Web Art show.

How Eugene Soh and Stephen Black met: http://www.blacksteps.tv/?p=548

List of artists:

Arleen Schloss

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arleen_Schloss

Mel Araneta

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.252925478065718.70981.223569594334640&type=3

span style="color: #333333;">David Black

(No internet presence)

Stephen Black www.blacksteps.tv

Christophe Charles

http://home.att.ne.jp/grape/charles/

Display at Unearthed Exhibition at Singapore Art museum An example of art by the Psychogeographical Society

Detail from "Here Lies the River" by Debbie Ding, on display as part of the Unearthed Exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum.

Debbie Ding http://openurbanism.blogspot.com/

Paul Dodd Paintings: http://www.popwars.com/art/ Blog:  http://www.popwars.com/blog/ Free downloadable music:  http://www.popwars.com/art/

Andrés García-Peña

http://andresgarciapena.com/

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrés_García-Peña

http://gitanarosa.com/andres-garcia-pena/

Morvarid K

http://wonderwall.co.in/ViewPhotographerewise.aspx?Aid=62

http://lifestyle.xin.msn.com/en/goingout/lifestyleasia/yavuz-fine-art-presents-morvarid-k

Godwin Koay

http://godwinkoay.weebly.com/works.html

http://www.todayonline.com/entertainment/arts/notes-revolution-45

Hans Lagner

http://www.birdtoelz.de/

Michael Lee

http://michaellee.sg/

http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/1255659/singapores-scale-models

Vincent Leow

http://www.vincentleow.com/

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/18/arts/18iht-leow.html?_r=0

David Severn

http://www.david-severn.com/

Eugene Soh

http://www.dude.sg/

http://www.timeoutsingapore.com/art/feature/cheatsheet-eugene-soh

Stelarc

http://stelarc.org/_.swf

http://www.wired.com/2012/05/stelarc-performance-art/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stelarc

Lily Su

http://lilysu.com/section/201522.html

Liqing Xue

http://www.gillmanbarracks.com/art-galleries/Yeo-Workshop/228

Morimura Yasumasa

http://www.warhol.org/responsive/event.aspx?id=20708

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yasumasa_Morimura

http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/eascfa/feminist_art_base/gallery/yasumasamorimura.php

THIS DOCUMENT IS A TEST OF SLIDESHARE/PDF CONVERSION/LINK PRESENTATION

Anyone, especially journalists, are welcome to send questions to bookmerah(at) gmail.com

 

Depending on test results and feedback I will either continue with this document or start another, hopefully improved, version.

Onward,

SB

Click here for a list of the artists in SPOKEN, as well as information about them.

SPOKEN open notebook. Click here for email extracts and notes from behind the scenes.
SPOKEN is a project by Eugene Soh and Stephen Black, combining a virtual gallery, a book project and the works of an exciting and eclectic mix of known and emerging artists.

The site of SPOKEN is gallery.sg. On display at the moment is The Web Art Show, featuring Singaporean artists. (The present gallery will be completely reconstructed for SPOKEN.)

SPOKEN  references  the fact that one or both of the curators  have spoken to the artists.

Short stories, essays and text related to SPOKEN: click here. Besides being a virtual gallery, SPOKEN  is a book project that combines fact and fiction to present conversations the curators have had with the artists in the exhibition. Online right now are two works-in-progress, a story about meeting Robert Rauschenberg and one about meeting Michael Lee. Note this is a work-in-progress and the texts have not been proofread.
Virtual Art galleries in Singapore, article by Gwen Pew, TimeOut  July 3, 2014 This went up on the morning of  July 1... For now, here is Eugene Soh's TEDx talk about the audience of the future.... and Stephen Black's TEDx talk about words and technology... with spontaneous performances and music.