Category Archives: SPOKEN

ARphabet Tour


January- April, 2019

the ARphabet tour

With the two topics of AR and Books, The ARphabet tour start at ARIA at MIT, January 14 and 15, 2019.  AR-themed presentations are one part of the tour, the other part involves readings and writing workshops.

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.

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.

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.

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.

AR: a unicorn possibility is real, large, and very near

... I will be at ARIA at MIT.

Hello to those who attended my 2018 AR workshops and presentations! And, hello to those who are interested in my AR startup plans! Thanks for stopping by!

The state-of the art AR blog posts of last summer are now ancient history! The following eight blog posts are a glimpse into the latest AR developments and opportunities. 

6D

Whare/Samsung

Magic Leap

Niantic

WakingApp/Vuzixhttps://www.wakingapp.com/blog

Amazon Sumerian

Microsoft Azure + Unity

AR Smartglasses by Facebook +

Now is the time to produce AR content for industry, art and entertainment- and games.


I have been involved with games/spatial computing since 2002, and am now ready to launch an AR startup that involves games, filmmaking and video/content production. If you, or someone you know, is interested in investing, I hope we can talk.

I can share the successful pitch I used at TechCrunch  Shenzhen a week ago. As positive as the response was, it never hurts to share a vision, especially if that vision includes a unicorn. onwARd,
Stephen Black

PS The flyer below is a bit out of date; the startup idea mentioned below includes games.


Presentations and workshops by Stephen Black

This blog has many posts about AR and startup plans, all of which are outdated, but do provide insights. 

Stairway to VR

From the AR, VR and Every R in Between event, part of the 2018 Maker Faire at Hong Kong Polytechnic This was a test by Stephen Black using the Kandao QooCam.

I wanted to experiment with the camera on the top of my head; will edit the awkward beginning and end later.

I will write about this in ALPHABET SPIKES.

Hong Kong Polytechnic AR Presentations and Workshops by Stephen Black (June 11 and 13)

MUCH MORE INFO ABOUT THE MATERIALS PRESENTED IS HERE.

EVENTBRITE registration

There are many posts on this website related to my ideas and experiences with AR. This post however, gives some of the most up-to-date examples of AR that I have found.

AS PART OF THESE SPECIAL EVENTS I AM GIVING AWAY AND DISCOUNTING MY EBOOKS!DETAILS HERE! (No I am not shouting, just excited.)

Location: Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Jockey Club Innovation Tower

WORKSHOP 1 (June 11 Registration at 2:15. Workshop 2:30-4:30 Room V513, 5F V Building)

Title: AR: Define, Think and Do

To achieve one’s goals, one must use the best words. By defining and clarifying the vocabulary of the AR world, we eliminate some inefficiencies. Three parts:

- Explanation and visual examples of terminology

- Open time for the exchange of participants ideas, questions and experiences

- Group brainstorming and the description of a proposed AR project in which a digital creation would be placed into a physical situation.

Special emphasis is given to the uses of AR in design, gamemaking and art

WORKSHOP 2 (June 13 Registration at 2:15. Workshop 2:30-4:30 Room V513, 5F V Building)

Title: AR: Examples and Mockup Possibilities

This poster is currently being updated, showing less of me and more of the work of HK Poly students.

Presentations and workshops by Stephen Black

Examples of AR in art, design, gamemaking and commerce: U2, Pokémon Go, Magic Leap, 19 Crimes and many more

- How to make, how to host: commercial and free apps

- Individual’s ideas, questions and experiences

- Mock-up creation, either with paper or free software such as HP Reveal

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PRESENTATION 1 (June 11 5-7 PM Room V1101 11th floor V building)

AR in 2018: an overview

Augmented Reality is starting to be used in every area of our lives, and its uses will continue to increase. This presentation showcases AR projects in art, design, gamemaking, advertising, fashion, education, shopping, marketing, finance and more.

PRESENTATION 2 ((June 13 5-7 PM Room V1101 11th floor V building))

Stephen Black: VR, AR and Me

Artist, writer and producer Stephen Black began working with virtual worlds in 2002. Game-making, VR filmmaking, AR projects and more; the locations being Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, HK and Thailand. An entertaining and informative look at two very dynamic trends, the presentation is for anyone, IT geek or not!

AR reference materials for Hong Polytechnic Presentations and Workshops

MUCH MORE INFO ABOUT THE MATERIALS PRESENTED IS HERE.

Interesting things I found while doing research for my workshops and presentations on June 11 and 13.

Eventbrite registration is here

I will be giving ebooks away during this time, as well as discounting them. Info here.

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AR and ART! An article by Grace Ko/Jumpstart magazine.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/14/movies/snapchat-3d-bitmoji-animation-augmented-reality.html

U2 Snapchat type Mephisto

Video: The Augmented Reality Market Opportunity - Panel at AWE 2016

https://arilyn.com/cases/ Highly recommended!

http://3dbear.io/

https://www.slideshare.net/WeAreCramer/augmented-reality-for-brand-experiences-during-augmented-reality-in-action-aria-2018-at-the-mit-media-lab

I would like to thank Michael Konin Kato for the following four pieces of AR/VR info:

http://qoncept.co.jp/

https://www.designboom.com/design/teamlab-dmm-digital-office-tokyo-05-16-2017/

https://vrzone-pic.com/en/

https://www.tokyoweekender.com/2018/02/we-cant-wait-to-see-teamlabs-new-digital-museum/

I have benefited from The Ghost Howls for over a year. Inspiring, informative and funny! I want to be The Ghost Howls when I grow up!

Here is an informative podcast:Ken Devellis on How to Create AR Apps.

walkin_demo_LP from Living Popups on Vimeo.

AWE

Charlie Fink's Metaverse - An AR Enabled Guide to AR & VR

https://www.swedenvirtualreality.com/

Bubiko Orwell Tour

The Bubiko Orwell tour is an international project by Stephen Black and Sayuri Okayama. The tour has three objectives:

- create the foundation and support network for an AR startup

- create an AR character, Bubiko Foodtour, based on experiences and information learned during their Southeast Asian "food tour"

- provide the foundation for Eating Where Orwell Ate, a new book by Stephen Black based on research, history and observations about Southeast Asia, IT and food.

The foundation and support network are being built online and by personal interactions.

Ipoh, Malaysia 2017

The Dundercats exemplify the online networking possibilities of the BOT. Encouraging the appreciation of symphonic music, especially its historical context, The Dundercats have an international audience of fans. These fans learn about the Bubiko Orwell Tour; the BOT publicizes the Dundercats.
cats with Christmas caps and a kazoo

The Dundercats deck the halls with a kazoo.

The established art and media projects of Stephen Black also contribute to the efficacy of the tour. Example: the recent screening of Black's 360 short film entitled Beach Road, at the Singapore National Museum.

A4 self-promotion document

Meant to be printed out on A4 paper, this image explains Stephen Black's background, AR plans and network.

Bubiko Foodtour, whose personality is a cross between Hello Kitty and Anthony Bourdain, is on track to becoming AR's first superstar. Bubiko's physical appearance will soon be finalized for both 2D and 3D(AR). Bubiko's Instagram account documents her food tourism adventures.

Alphabet Spikes is Stephen Black's ninth book project. With a writing style similar to his bestselling i ate tiong bahru, Alphabet Spikes brings to life the small details that define a culture, and documents the major social events and changes of 2017.It is a journal of traveling through Southeast Asia while developing an AR startup and researching food. Included are adventures in Hong Kong and China, including the VR short film, Lotus Mountain.

Animal84

Cone: Engadget Experience public document

Hello Engadget and Esteemed Judges,

My name is Stephen Black and I am an artist, writer and producer. Cone is a three part project: a VR experience, an AR film experiment and a book. Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

OnwARd,

Stephen Black

Engadget Experience Cone by Stephen Black PDF

AR, VR, ebook icon: Cone

Stephen Black's Cone is a 3 part project proposed for the 2017 Engadget Experience

Engadget Experience STEPHEN BLACK CONE (VR +AR +ebook)

Stephen Black’s Cone is a conceptual, experiential, multidisciplinary artwork: VR, AR, gaming, audio and text. Cone is conscious—and ignorant-- of fine art, dance, music, sound, design, animation, performance art, branding, storytelling, and installation. Cone has three parts: a short VR film experience, an AR experiment with Vance and a book documenting the creation and ideas associated with these two projects. Cone aims to help bridge the gap between artists and technologists.

Stephen Black is an artist, producer and writer. He was creative director of the Monja Kids Creative Development Kit, a 3D gamemaking kit which was successfully launched in Singapore.

Beach Road, Black’s 360 short film co-production with Hiverlab, was featured at film festivals in Brisbane, Singapore and Las Vegas. He curated SPOKEN, a virtual gallery(Unity) built by Eugene Soh. His text was a significant part of Michael Lee’s Office Orchitect installation at the 2011 Singapore Biennale.

Virtual gallery curators at the opening of their exhibition

Glasses in hand, the avatars of Stephen Black and Eugene Soh welcome visitors

Floating balloon dog

Eugene Soh's tribute to Jeff Koons' balloon dog floats over the SPOKEN landscape

VR graphics for game engine project

One of several designs by Roy Chan.

Black has worked for Cartoon Network, CNN, Fox and Fuji TV. He is also the author of several books, including i ate tiong bahru , which is a national bestseller in Singapore. He collaborated text and concepts to Office Orchitect, Michael Lee’s installation at the 2011 Singapore Biennale.

CONE 360 short film will combine butoh, performance art with 360-specific visual and audio techniques.

Ohno spirits

CONE AR will feature Vance, an animated character, and challenges the limits of AR filmmaking/storytelling.

Vance

Secret Donut World by David Severn w/ Stephen Black

CONEMA MANIFESTO (koh-ne-ma, three syllables as in cinema) An ebook combining existing interviews and essays by SB, with documentation of CONE and examples of short stories which lend themselves to 360 cinema.To be given away free during Engadget Experience.

Emgadget Experience documentation

Cover for ebook of Stephen Black's proposed Cone project for the Engadget Experience

Technologies and Products

Google Tango, depth perception visual/shape recognition algorithms, alternatives to image markers or GPS, Matterport, Unity, Vuforia, Android, Samsung, Ossic Sound, technologies that can scan bodies, technologies that link sound files, lipsynch and AI

Total Budget for VR short film experience, AR experience and ebook production, transportation and expenses: $100,000. Item by item breakdown available upon request.

Current topics of research:

http://www.blacksteps.tv/360-videography-what-would-matisse-do/

http://www.blacksteps.tv/the-potential-of-vr-as-a-collage-medium/

http://www.blacksteps.tv/riffs-on-vives-vr-development-bootcamp-at-digipen-part-1/

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

http://www.blacksteps.tv/virtual-reality-for-artists-workshopmichael-naimarkobjectifs/

http://www.blacksteps.tv/with-bubiko-foodtour-at-the-i-love-penang-festival-in-kl/

http://www.blacksteps.tv/haptics-giving-vr-the-finger-1-of-a-series/

http://www.blacksteps.tv/four-examples-of-a-blog-post-display-on-mobile-instant-article/

http://www.blacksteps.tv/red-dot-sad-stories-art-digitalia-2002-2017/

minimal book covers

red dot SAD (Stories Art, Digitalia 2002-2017) book by Stephen Black

http://www.blacksteps.tv/self-portrait-as-a-game/

http://www.blacksteps.tv/facebook-goes-cameramondo/

http://www.blacksteps.tv/vr-what-would-picasso-do-notes-and-links/

Music/audio/performance: 3how

screenshot of video interview on youtube

Stephen Black discusses his books, including Bali Wave Ghost, Obama Search Words and i ate tiong bahru.Reality TV and VR are also briefly discussed. Video by Aquiles Ascension

AR, VR, ebook icon: Cone

Cone. Engadget Experience. Los Angeles 2017

Cinematography 8.0: VR (best of blog posts 2016) part 3

the previous post:
Cinematography 8.0: VR (best of blog posts, 2016)part 2
Five things I Learned on my first 360 VR shoot: Pioneer/avante-garde/visionary… flop!?
Five things I Learned on my first 360 VR shoot: just because you can…
Five things I learned on my first 360 VR shoot: The Director is Blind
 
Beach Road short film (360 video)
Five things I learned on my first 360 VR shoot: Bobsledding vs. Skateboarding
360 Videography: What would Matisse do?
the first name for Beach Road was Wall Clouding...
Wall Clouding
Wall Clouding preproduction notes
Angelic Visions Notes
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Immersive Environments/VR: Notes on Art and Cinematography
SPOKEN Machinima Notes
SB & 3D (Why I’m excited to be in Eugene Soh’s virtual gallery project)
SPOKEN (virtual art gallery and writing project)
               

Cinematography 8.0: VR (best of blog posts, 2016)part 2

Continued from Part 1....
Responses to the Peter Rubin/Wired article: “Inside Story of How Oculus Cracked the Impossible Design of VR”
Eight thoughts on The Displaced, a VR project by the New York Times
Norm Black VR exhibition notes
Norm Black: Before
A typical conversation (perhaps) about VR, circa 2015
Virtual Reality for Beginners/Simple Chart/Designer Project
Beach Road 360 VR short film PRESS RELEASE
Five things I Learned on my first 360 VR shoot:Ready for my close-up. NOT!
On to part 3!          

Cinematography 8.0: VR (best of blog posts, 2016)part 1

Cinematography 8.0: light and motion in the age of VR, AR, AI, 4K, 8K, AI and drones... the working of the book I am working on. The experiences and information in these posts will shape the book. Comments and questions are always welcome.

http://www.blacksteps.tv/stephen-black-vr-art-books-and-singapore/ (Hey, who's driving this thing?)

http://www.blacksteps.tv/riffs-on-vives-vr-development-bootcamp-at-digipen-part-1/ (If you know nothing about VR content, take a few weeks and really go over this. If you have been making VR content, especially CG-generated, this is a great review of state of the art in 2016.)

http://www.blacksteps.tv/riffs-on-viveasiavrs-vr-development-bootcamp-at-digipen-part-2/ (see above)

http://www.blacksteps.tv/cinematography-8-0-light-and-motion-in-the-age-of-vr-360-4k-8kar-ai-cg-and-drones/ ( A bit about the book)

http://www.blacksteps.tv/he-once-hitchhiked-morning-chat-with-reed-hastings-ceo-netflix-disruption-culture-people-and-leadership/ (Netflix, obviously, are but one of the millions of companies that benefit from the art of cinematography.)

http://www.blacksteps.tv/facebook-livewhat-would-andy-warhol-do/

http://www.blacksteps.tv/notes-on-my-first-two-facebook-live-shoots/

http://www.blacksteps.tv/vr-what-would-picasso-do-notes-and-links/

http://www.blacksteps.tv/what-should-the-new-york-times-sound-like/

http://www.blacksteps.tv/aspects-of-vr-in-bali-wave-ghost-the-novel-by-stephen-black/

http://www.blacksteps.tv/mee-young-photography-project-internal-logic/

http://www.blacksteps.tv/the-cinematography-booknotes-and-eugene-soh/

http://www.blacksteps.tv/the-cinematography-booknotes-and-a-reviewer/

http://www.blacksteps.tv/kind-of-the-vr-state-of-the-union-as-of-march-30-2016-part-1-of-2/ (Things change so much and I became so busy that writing the second part didn't happen)

END OF PART 1

PART 2 IS HERE