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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.
The formula: Gerald Leow, band logos as starting points.
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.
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.
The following slides were presented in Singapore at a Pecha Kucha night held at Canvas on July 15, 2015. I would like to thank Jon Seigel and all of the Pecha Kucha team for giving me the opportunity to talk about what I do. I value your time. The next slide has three great ideas/tips. Cameras ready? Hi. I’m Stephen Black. A common internet name. Keywords will help you. UBERSUGGEST BOOK MERAH on Google+ TODDY Hot IT startup. Like Youtube plus Second Life. Great! But the boss died. I briefly discuss the CDK in this post, which I wrote when I was first starting to learn about VR. VOICE OF PIECES______ Thousands made, thousands thrown out. Purity remains. A Voice of Pieces event in Bali. Negatives and slides Art lessons from long ago. My life is like film. Cat Hope Video, Cyril Wong, etc. 3how on youtube Text with Michael Lee. Butter buildings, failure, fun. S Biennale Appropriation; Joe the Diver’s work photos. My art is not mine. Amith, me and friends. Music, theatre, CDs. Three hours on Wednesday. Stories: food, people World War II, Art Deco, life I Ate Tiong Bahru Stars, waves and children. Trees, dresses and mealtimes lost. Constant tsunami. My father sells books. Guided by their strength always; started writing them. Red Ang Ku kueh Identity and culture; neighborhood thumbprint. GELATO Art of gelato The smooth canvas melts quickly Delicious mistakes THE MOST DELICIOUS "CANVAS" IN SINGAPORE GRAND STOP Hawkeye crates, Brooklyn. Installation: huffers and animal metal. UNLOCKING WITH EARS My band in New York. Hong Kong, Tokyo, Scorgies. Unlocking with ears. SPOKEN Eugene Soh: builder. Me: curator. Wild mix of artists and writers. Drones, VR, AR. 360, phones and 4K Glass algorithms BLOG POST ABOUT THIS PROJECT( the name of the book has since changed) Book: Bali Wave Ghost A bombing in paradise. Reality surfs. BLOG POST ABOUT BALI WAVE GHOST 360 VR Hiverlab, music and fish Beach Road: a short film BLOG POST ABOUT BEACH ROAD
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/3how 3how The Riverwalk Session
The first 3how: playing in an office/ laughing when it breaks...
Blue House - "Molemen Army" - Amith Narayan, Dave D'aranjo
And... if you like what you hear...
https://www.facebook.com/moimsg Admission:4$ Description: Unlocking With Ears, will be an interactive experiment with VR/AR, as well as a workshop for moviemaking, sound production, poetry and writing. There will also be an informal retrospective of the sound and music projects Black has worked on in Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong and New York, including the activities of 3how. Stephen Black’s experiences with photography, video, installation, dance, theatre, music and writing all share a common element: spontaneity. Unlocking With Ears continues this approach. The project will change daily. Wall Clouding is the name given to the filmmaking aspect of the event. Note: an example of this approach resulted in the highly acclaimed recording 3how: the Riverwalk Session, which featured vocalist Wilson Goh and musicians: Bani Haykal, Amith Narayan and Curtis King. Unlocking With Ears on Facebook (exhibition) Wall Clouding on Facebook (filmmaking activities) #unlockingwithears With the support of: ------------------- ------------------- ------------------- ------------------- ------------------- For general information UWE https://www.facebook.com/events/985785784789270/ For movie related information:UNLOCKING WITH EARS an exhibition event by Stephen Black Dates (to be confirmed): Summer 2015 Venue: Museum of Independent Music 1B Aliwal Street, Chenn Leon Building Tel: 8607 3534
I'm huffing and puffing and carrying a large ironing board. I still have tons of things to do. One is to print out 60 copies of the show sequence. After that I have to attach cardboard fins to the ironing board and cover it all with aluminum foil. I need to make jaws out of paper plates or something. Where's Susan's classroom? I zip around the third floor. Finally I find the right room. Inside is a curvy, beautiful Chinese woman. She's naked. She's surrounded by people. She smiles at me. "Wow," I think, "I really should get some sleep." The shocked students in Susan's nude drawing class watch me retreat. Stepping backwards into the hall, I knock down an impeccably dressed student. I apologize by asking where the printer is. He stares at the ironing board as he gets up. My wild eyes meet his. The electric hair clipper falls from my overloaded bag. Then, the big ball of aluminum foil drops and rolls right in front of his fancy red shoes. "You're an artist or something?" "Yep. An artist or something." He steps towards a door and waves a plastic card near a space-agey thing. Like a scene from Star Trek, the door slides open, revealing a room full of grey desks. The student must leave, but he introduces me to Ginette. Ginette is what they call "a fixture on the underground music scene." She's just come from the airport after "my little show in Paris.". She's helpful and cheerful. She is attractive. Very attractive. She takes my thumbdrive and inserts it into her laptop. Yes, I know what you are thinking and I was thinking it too, but Ginette is a Singaporean superstar and I'm just a guy carrying an ironing board. Twenty minutes from now I'll be onstage, reading a sad story about hairless Chihuahuas. But yes, if I had time and we'd had a few drinks, I would certainly ask Ginette if I could insert my thumbdrive into her laptop again. Anyhoo, the printer's near a magnificent window and I spend three seconds taking in the sprawling dynamic, culturally diverse Singaporean nightscape before me. Yada yada yada. I finish, pick up my ironing board and profusely thank Ginette. I put my thumbdrive back in my pants and fly downstairs. Amith and Mel met each other for the first time about ten minutes ago. I introduced them just before I bumped into the naked woman. Amith plays acoustic guitar and Mel plays the nose flute and some kind of electronic thingy he made from an ice cream container. The y will play music while I read. I pass them the freshly printed show sequence. I say we'll do a quick runthrough when I "come back in a minute." I run off to finally make the shark from the ironing board. I reach backstage and suddenly ten people ask me twenty, thirty questions, all at once. I ignore them all. "Will you be a shark?" I say to Luke. Luke is a tall, thin Indian guy, dressed in black. Against the dark stage, he will be nearly invisible and it will seem as though the aluminum foil shark is magically and ferociously pursuing Joe the diver. As Joe is singing and being attacked, I will loudly proclaim that, "Joe the diver does not exist!" Luke adjusts his glasses worriedly? "Me, a shark? How, sir, shall this effect be realized?" "You see this ironing board? It'll be wrapped in foil and it'll have fins. I need to make some teeth. Anyway... just hold the ironing board shark and jump around like you're a bloodthirsty wolf of the sea!" Luke looks like he wants to write this down. "Bloodthirsty wolf of the sea... Understood. When, sir, shall this jumping occur?" "Just wait for the diver to start singing. Then, count to ten and start stalking. Stalk him like, like, like he's a chicken, a chicken dinner! Yeah, he's a chicken dinner and and you're a wildly hungry jumping starving sea wolf! Ignore my screaming and DO NOT attack me!" I walk backstage and answer hundreds of questions while using the last bit of happy face Scotch tape and some Band-Aids to attach the fins to the ironing board. Amith's gonna kill me because the tape and Band-Aids are going to leave gooey marks on the ironing board for sure. In the corner of the backstreets of my mind I am in a yoga position, cross-legged, chanting a long soothing mantra:Luke will be invisible. The ironing board shark WILL float menacingly and magically towards Joe as he sings his Air Supply song. The little yoga guy in my head can already see panties and bras being thrown onstage. The yoga guy can hear five hundred people in the audience screaming "Wow!" and "Magnifico!" Thato, one of the poet/performers from the Serengeti, patiently taps me on the shoulder and asks for his cue. Thato will perform his poem called "I'm Coming." Mel will accompany him with the nose flute. Then, Andrew will come onstage and will slowly gyrate his hips. In his best Barry White voice, he will read about the Armenian Church and pie dough. I cannot find Andrew. My Lady Gaga ringtone blares from the bag with the foil. I finally find it. It's Ben. He'll be here in ten minutes. I go on in five. My hair clippers are missing. I tell the musicians to forget about the hair performance art piece. Savinder pushes me and I nervously join Amith and Mel onstage... It was great. The music was incredible. As I ranted about not being able to see Joe the diver, the audience saw Joe walk onstage with his flippers and air tank, sounding like Darth Vader on his honeymoon. Then Luke the shark appeared. Joe tried to run but his mask was fogged and he plowed into Mel. Luke chased Joe semi-invisibly. His glasses fell off and he got lost in the stage curtain. Amith later said he was laughing so hard that he was in tears. Joe couldn't sing at first because using the oxygen tank on land made his throat dry. I couldn't hear anything. I was calmly reading to the four remaining members of the audience, expressing my frustration that it is impossible for the reader to accurately visualize the events which take place in a writer's head. 3how CD: The Riverwalk Session, co-produced by SB Mel Araneta and Stephen Black are featured in SPOKEN, a virtual exhibition
Click here to listen to tracks from The Riverwalk Session CD by 3how. Hello...yes, the administration/digital paperwork is nonstop. There are 3how posts scattered about and I will eventually condense them here... eventually. Here are some 3how videos. A small post, the first about 3how.
More of a conceptual idea than a band, 3how was born out of collaborations between musicians andartists in a pursuit of sounds that are beautiful and fresh, transcending the barriers of genre.
was first discussed and planned by Amith Narayan and Stephen Black in Singapore in 2008. It was initially meant to be part musical performance, part performance art and part cabaret. On any given night, the idea was for a temporary collective of artists, musicians and enthusiastic individuals to meetand spend time developing ideas from scratch that would later be performed. The emphasis was to find moments of creativity rather than creating a complete and polished piece.
3how is to be always dynamic and extremely versatile with a revolving cast of contributors and collaborators. After about four years of creating different
3how events, it was decided that a formalized structure would allow musicians and artists to better understand 3how, with the goal of duplicating 3hows worldwide. The 3how Manifesto was then created during the summer of 2012, based oncontributions from other collaborators. As of October 2012, current 3how collaborators include Amith Narayan, Stephen Black, Wilson Goh, Justin Bannister, Siva Saravanan and Curtis King. Past collaborators include Mel Araneta (Philippines), Bani Hayikal (Singapore), Banyari Band (a travelling gypsy band from Japan), Dave Daranjo (USA), Roman Tarasov (Russia/Singapore), John Banta (USA), Terence Lau (Singapore) and several others from different parts of the world.
A 3how event aims to create situations in which music and art can be created within asupportive environment, where improvised ideas can be developed freely and spontaneously
3how is not a band; it is a revolving group of contributors and co-collaborators
Every performance should have at least one non-musical member (for e.g. dancer, artist, bellydancer, pyrotechnician)
Each performance is to be unique; no piece should ever be repeated in the same style
Every performance should feature songs/compositions either created impromptu on the spot or within 48 hours of such performance
Each musician should play more than one instrument during each performance
Each musician and performer should have a turn to initiate and develop a musical piece
Covers of songs are allowed, but such a Cover song
shall be reinterpreted in a way that’s never
been done before and without rehearsals(for example, covering a song impromtowhich a few
collaborators don’t know should be
a simple 3how exercise.)
Thisis a growing list of rules which might change from time to time
The first 3how event was held on
December 23, 2008 in an unused printer’s office.
Surrounded by officefurniture and printing machines, Amith Narayan was first joined by singer Wilson Goh and then by theBanyari band. The Banyari band is a group of travelling Japanese musical gypsies. Stephen Black haddiscovered them playing on the street earlier that day and invited them to join the session. The sessionlasted until dawn and featured improvisations on guitar, ukulele, mouth harp, percussion instruments of various types and a Mohan Veena and words were sung in Japanese, English and even Sanskrit.Watch the Video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4sNb-TYyps Every 3how performance since then has been unique in terms of personnel and location. Venues haveincluded restaurants, abandoned buildings, book shops and clothing warehouses. In 2010 and 2011,3how performed at the Lit Up Festivals, presenting a combination of spoken word and music in 2010
and in 2011 premiering a “rock opera” called
Big Homer, based on a book by Stephen Black, was also performed at Singapore’s Substation, as part of the Singapore Night Festival in 2011. In addition to Amith Narayan, personnel have included Bani Haykal (clarinet and maui xaphoon), MelArenata (nose flutes and noise generators), John Banta-Windsor (flute), Valerie Wee (vocals), Jun (videoart) and the Wiing Liu Py Dance Group. A 3how recording session occurred on June 22, 2011 at the SAE studios in Singapore where Amith Narayan, Wilson Goh, Bani Haykal and Curtis King not only met as a group for the first time, they began recording live with no preparation. The resulting Riverwalk Session, a collection of 14 compositions, nearly all of which are on-the-spot improvisations. This album was released in July 2012.Listen to this: http://www.facebook.com/3howriverwalksession/app_2405167945
To see all posts related to SPOKEN, click here. The following is free-association as portraiture, as well as a way to give some ideas to Tommy J, the musician who is creating a soundscape for SPOKEN. SPOKEN, by Eugene Soh and Stephen Black, is a virtual art exhibition/text project curated by Helium. Learn more about it here. MEL ARANETA DIY FAGLONG ( 2 STRING LUTE GUITAR) WATER SOUND ART LIVE IN SINGAPORE ABSTRACT NOISE DAVID BLACK BOBBY VINTON MY MELODY OF LOVE MARIA CALLAS AVE MARIA WHITNEY HOUSTON GREATEST LOVE OF ALL KRAFTWERK TOUR DE FRANCE STEPHEN BLACK SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE A FAMILY AFFAIR IGGY POP FIVE FOOT ONE KILLING TIME PERU THE UNSEEN GUEST LET ME IN (Could not find a SADATO song called NAKAI) CHRISTOPHE CHARLES CHRISTOPHE CHARLES QUINTET AT MOPOMOSO CHRISTOPHE CHARLES UNDIRECTED FLOAT FOUND VIDEO PAUL DODD MUDDY WATERS MANNISH BOY MX-80 SOUND ON BLOOMINGTON TV GEORGE JONES GOOD YEAR FOR THE ROSES MARGARET EXPLOSION FREE DOWNLOADS ANDRES GARCIA-PENA ESG MOODY BAD BRAINS ATTITUDE MANU DIBANGO SOUL MAKOSSA MORVARID K SOSALA A BEGINNING IS AN ENDING GODWIN KOAY GANG OF FOUR ENTERTAINMENT DAN LACEY TWELVE DAYS OF PANCAKES AMAZING MINNESOTA TWINS TRUMPET NATIONAL ANTHEM ARETHA FRANKLIN NESSUN DORMA HANS LAGNER BEAUTIFUL WHALE SONG PULCINO PIO THE LITTLE CHICK CHEEP (OFFICIAL) KLAUS NOMI: SAMSON AND DELILAH (ARIA) MON COEUR S'OUVRE A TA VOIX YASUMASA MORIMURA MARILYN MONROE I’M THROUGH WITH LOVE VINCENT LEOW KOICHI SHIMIZU & ZAI KUNING/SEED OF TIME LEE WEN “SEBASTIAN” VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK 2012 PARADE MUSIC KEMBRA PFAHLER VOLUPTUOUS HORROR OF KAREN BLACK WHITNEY BIENNIAL BEGINNING THE VOLUPTUOUS HORROR OF KAREN BLACK ALASKA PAUL PEREIRA ELVICOR IS RISEN IN THE WORLD OF CLOCKS DAVID SEVERN CAPTAIN BEEFHEART AND HIS MAGIC BAND GERMAN TV 9:02 THE FALL WHO MAKES THE NAZIS? ASIA BAGUS ARLEEN SCHLOSS GLENN BRANCA SYMPHONY NO.13: HALLUCINATION CITY THE COACHMEN (THURSTON’S SONG) JOHN CAGE PERFORMED ON BALINESE GAMELAN EUGENE SOH PINK FLOYD CAREFUL WITH THAT AXE EUGENE LIVE AT POMPEII STELARC STELARC INTERNET EAR STELARC AMPLIFIED BODY, LASER EYES & THIRD HAND (1985) PROPHECY THEME BRIAN ENO DUNE SOUNDTRACK LILY SU FAYE WONG HEART OF GLASS MONKEY JOURNEY TO THE WEST LIQING XUE ALEXANDRE DESPLAT WONG CHIA CHI'S THEME
Although I look terrible, this is a beautiful video.... I went to LASALLE College of the Arts one morning. I hoped to meet someone, anyone, with a phone, someone who could upload a very very brief interview. Simple, quick and spontaneous, like the spirit of 3how. I approached Miss Cindy Wang, introduced myself and asked her if she had a phone that could record an interview. She said she did and she also said she could interview me once her class was finished. Her class ended, we sat down and the interview happened. However, I was very pleasantly surprised to see that she put quite a bit of work into it, adding music from the CD as well as Chinese subtitles. Thank you Cindy Wang! The Riverwalk Session, coproduced my myself and Amith Narayan, is here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/3how This was a blast: the first 3how session, that happily included the Banyari band, the roving musical gypsies who roam around Asia. Twice, 3how presented a "rock opera". The premiere was at The Goodman Art Centre. Our lead actress, Joy, read her script for the first time about 30 minutes before we began. It was also the first time that the production was performed in its entirety; before that we'd worked on sections, but never had a complete run through... The second time the piece was performed was at The Substation, as part of the Night Festival. A love story about a shipwrecked pigeon in the Singapore of the Eighties, the musical is entitled Big Homer. If you pause the video a few times, you can learn more about the other music projects of Amith Narayan and Bani Haykal.