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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

IPOH AR Photo Exhibition Beta for Android

Hello and thank you for your interest. This link takes you to an 11 meg file for ANDROID phones.

URL:http://brsoftech.org/Documents/IPOH38_Bubiko_10_17_2017_0.zip

- The instructions are in the file.

- This version is a "slide show" and the AR effect is not in this version.

- Any ideas on music appreciated. Ambient musicians, do get in touch; we can cross-promote.

-The photos are of Ipoh, Malaysia.

-The photos were taken by Bubiko Foodtour.

-This is not the final version.

-Any documentation, like stills or videos, is greatly appreciated. I will be more than happy to link to anything of yours if you write something and/or send in a photo or video.

If you could post the brand and make of your phone and which Android version you have, that would be greatly appreciated.

THANK YOU,

Stephen Black

testing an AR app

Testing the world's first AR photo exhibition. Photo by Claire Monfray

Giving Thanks and Rolling Stones French Football Fashion

I recently wanted to thank some people/friends who have helped or inspired me through the years. I wanted to include them in a blog post of thanks and list them as supporters on promotional materials for an AR project. No cost, of course. Happily, most sent their logos, but a few politely declined because their companies were "not related enough".

Wow.

Although I do not automatically agree with "there is no such thing as bad publicity", I don't see the downside of a company being involved with anything that is not immediately connected with their brand/corporate goals. Exposure is exposure.

Yes, it's possible that I'm missing something. Maybe there's a possibility that I am/(this project is) less than flattering. But, I don't see how an AR photo exhibition of the food and culture of Ipoh, Malaysia can hurt someone's brand. The Lonely Planet Travel Guide named Ipoh as the 9th best region in the world to visit in 2017, and the 6th best place to travel in Asia. There's no cost, so even if no one clicked through to them, nothing is lost.

It's 2017. More than ever, everything is connected to everything. Life is made up of countless things happening at once. Millennials watch movies while they're gaming and listening to music. Over a hundred years ago, the art of collage demonstrated that different realities can co-exist on the same plane/ within one image.

Of course, anything can be misused.

Anyhoo... friend or not, if you want to be connected, let me know. I was/am thanking friends and connecting with new ones.

Oh yeah... the title. https://hypebeast.com/2017/10/the-rolling-stones-paris-saint-germain-colette-collection Nothing really new here; just another example of diverse multinational corporations working together for the their common good.

Individuals and small entities...

AR: the IPOH WHITE COFFEE TOUR

50 HOURS, 50 DEMOS...

A grassroots tour of Ipoh, showcasing the world's first AR photographic exhibition: works by Bubiko Foodtour.

Schedule stops include the Abby Hotel, Symphony Suites Boutique Hotel, VLoftHostel, Toong Hai Coffeeshop, Hong Kee Confectionery and a number of restaurants, cafes and shops of all kinds.

Bubiko's ebook about Ipoh is here. Notes related to a press conference about the AR project are here.

trail of fog over Ipoh

From Stephen Black's 72 hour Facebook Live broadcast from the Abby Hotel

Bubiko Foodtour, a work in progress

Bubiko Foodtour, behind the scenes,undergoing Photoshop

A Magic Leap of Thanks

I am soon releasing what will be a historic AR project.

However, as I write this, on October 23rd, 2017, AR is almost completely unknown. Definitely this will change. Very soon hundreds of millions of phones will be able to use AR technology for entertainment, educational and industrial uses.

But for now, AR is very difficult to describe, despite great videos like this and this.

It would be understandable if people thought I was crazy. I am constantly talking about a little chef named Bubiko Foodtour and a photo exhibition "that you can see in your phone, but isn't really there". I don't have a demo or a mockup. I obviously need a haircut and a new pair of shoes. Life is nebulous.

And yet, the following people have supported me. (IN ADDITION TO MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS.) These people "get it". I cannot thank them enough. Very soon the app will be ready and things will become even more interesting. I will never forget this year, with its stops in Johor Bahru, Jakarta, Bandung, Kuala Lumpur, southern Thailand and of course, Ipoh. THANK YOU.

Abby Hotel: Mr. Liew and his team have been incredible. This hotel has been like a home. A home with a great view, and surrounded by some of the best food in Southeast Asia!

So... you post something on the social media groups for professional AR/VR people. You are not a company; no logo, no track record in AR... you ask if anyone wants to lend their logo as a sign of support. If you are as fortunate as I was, you establish contact with a company like Baltu Studio. Peter Costa, the CEO and I hit it off immediately. Baltu specializes in VR/AR, especially audio. I was delighted to discover Creative Director Justin Leo Kennedy's board game synthesizer! (Let me repeat that: board. game. synthesizer.)

Bridges

Some people do not see how everything is connected; others do. Bridges "gets it" and specializes in communicating messages that all can understand, that all can connect with. When I think of Bridges, I think of stories, decisive actions and the Bonzo Dog (Doo Dah)Band.

Emily Lowe and Emily 2u.

Emily and I met just before I started a 72 hour Facebook Live broadcasting marathon. As unusual as that was, she not only understood, she made it possible for me to do another, the 60 hour Symphony Suite Session. Emily's website is the place for Ipoh info.

The Dundercats

From Casablanca to Secret Donut World, from Dexter's Lab to The Dundercats; I have known Stuart Rankin since my days at Cartoon Network/Turner Classic Movies. Now he is producing the Dundercats, whose musical misadventures take place in a variety of media, soon to include VR. Stuart is also a producer and editor, and his visual works are music to my eyes.

AMITH NARAYAN, High on Chai Productions

What a musician, what a producer, what a friend! I could write a book about our creative adventures, but for now, here is a short story about a 3how performance featuring a live shark and Joe the Diver,and a link to a recording featuring Amith, Curtis King, Wilson Goh and Bani Haykal. Amazing musicians and an amazing way to make a record; read the description. Jane, being as professional and visionary as she is, makes me wonder about what she might do with the potential of AR combined with tourism. Jane's Singapore Tours website.

I was honored to become acquainted with the amazing people of JDMIS in 2002, just after I first arrived in Singapore. Since that time, we have shared countless personal, artistic and IT-related experiences. JDMIS combines old world craftsmanship with cutting edge technology, including 3D prototyping.

I have had great discussions with the people at Hock Moon Hiong about the future of food and AR. Their bak kwa, barbecued pork jerky, is legendary in Southeast Asia.

Mok and Lee, the driving force behind this Ipoh pastry shop, are like neighbors. I often see them in the coffeeshop and at Kongs, a collection of food stalls. Their dad has the strength of a man half his age; he's eighty-something. Their egg tarts are great; I often grab one with my hand and savor it as I walk in the morning light, down through the five foot way to the coffee shop. I hope that some day, I can have a meal with Antony Vitillo, one that starts before twilight and finishes long after. We only know each through online discussions. Antony has empowered me with his questions and advice. Antony's online magazine is here.

Nazlina wrote the book on laksa, literally. Her cooking school in Penang is recognized around the world. We just met online, but I thank her here because she is a fellow indie, and her story and success are inspiring. Undoubtedly we will continue brainstorming on how to tell the world about Southeast Asian cuisine.

artworks that are names

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

avante-garde art in I

Amusing characters

David Severn. Secret Donut World. I am writing a book... David Severn is David Severn! The second durational Facebook Live broadcast I did took place at the Symphony Suites Hotel in Ipoh..The room and the view were fantastic and the session was very productive: part artist-in-residence, part research, part content producer. During this time, free downloads of IPOH: 88 iPhone Photographs of Ipoh by Bubiko Foodtour were available on Amazon.

Creating at Thanas Digital Studio has been a blast! Photoshopping Bubiko Foodtour while babies are being photographed: what a delight!

Andrew Chen and the We Love Ipoh- City of Goodfood Facebook page are inspirations for photography and food ideas.

The title of this post is a combined reference to "leap of faith", 'thanks' and 'Magic Leap', a company whose name is associated with AR.

Here is what the Verge reported about Magic Leap on October 22, 2017.

Magic Leap, an augmented reality company that has never shipped or even shown a product, has just gotten a $502 million investment on top of its nearly $1.4 billion in existing funding. The round is led by Singapore holding company Temasek, and includes major existing investors like Google, Alibaba, and J.P. Morgan Investment Management. It adds to the mystique around the secretive company, which has been on the verge of unveiling a pair of compact augmented reality glasses since at least 2015. Two years later, its main output is still flowery paeans to its own greatness.

The 'you create your own dream' photo was take in a shop near the Symphony Suites hotel.

symphony

THE LATEST INFO AND BROADCASTS ARE HERE: https://www.facebook.com/baliwaveghost/

Records from the first twelve hours are here.

Stephen Black: The Symphony Suite Session

The 60 hour Facebook Live event will be a freeform mix of AR, food, Ipoh culture,videos and readings from books. It begins at 3PM on Sunday, October 15, 2017 (Malaysia time) and ends 60 hours later. Live and recorded broadcasts will appear throughout.

Specific broadcasts will be about the world's first AR photograph exhibition, entitled IPOH 38 iPhone photographs by Bubiko Foodtour. In keeping with the symphony theme, the Dundercats and their musical adventures will be highlighted. (Did someone say Mozart's Birthday?)

Throughout the broadcast, the ebook of Bubiko Foodtour's Ipoh photographs will be given away, especially on the 16th and 17th, when it is available directly from Amazon.

Support: Symphony Suites Hotel, The Jewellery Design Management International School , the Emily2u blog, the Dundercats, Thanas Digital Photo and Bridal Studio, and Liew Sunchin

POSTS FROM THE FIRST TWELVE HOURS

AR DEVELOPERS: share the POSITIVE CHAOS?

AR is new, revolutionary, unpredictable, and in the painfully ecstatic throes of being born.

With that in mind, I find myself hoping to explore the following situation: Is there a Google Play and Apple App store approved individual or company that can uploading something of mine onto their store?

The "something" is a photo exhibition of Ipoh, Malaysia(PEIM). Kinda arty; nothing naughty, religious or political.. I can immediately send you an ebook of the images. I am hoping the PEIM can be ready for download by Sunday, or as soon as possible after that.

Why this situation?

Well.. I was recently interviewed by the Malay Mail, a large newspaper in Malaysia. I have been told that the interview is tentatively scheduled to be published on Saturday, October 14. In the middle of the night I realized this article is an opportunity to promote PEIM, which I had been working on. Suddenly everything is speeded up.BUT,the PEIM will only be ready on Friday or Saturday!

(Not to mention the 60 hour Facebook Live Symphony Suites marathon broadcast I am starting on Sunday the 15th.)

PEIM would be a free download. I am coming off of a ten year period of only writing books, so I can't really afford to compensate you with $. However I will do all I can to promote PEIM on your sites, so there is a strong possibility your apps will also get some eyeballs.A huge plus for both of us if your app is related to Asia, travel, food, art, filmmaking or photography. And, of course I would be extremely thankful and hope there is way to return the favor/pay it forward someday.

There may be a downside, but at the moment, it seems win-win. Perhaps in the future, when I have time and more apps I will have my own presence on GPlay and the App Store. If the powers that be don't mind, I could just put the same project up on my store, unless that sets off a piracy alarm. Anyway, we can cross that bridge when we come to it. For now I just want to get PEIM on line by Sunday.

Thanks in advance for your comments and ideas.

SB

Oh yes, the images are by Bubiko Foodtour, who is on her way to becoming AR's fist superstar.Check this site for more Bubiko info,or check out her food photos on Instagram.

Bubiko Foodtour Scrapbook

Bubiko Foodtour is introducing the world to Augmented Reality, starting with Southeast Asia.This is in anticipation of 2018, when hundreds of millions of mobile phones and tablets will be able to create AR experiences. However, the 3D model of Bubiko Foodtour is not yet available in 3D. There are several reasons for this, the primary one being that we are testing/refining what motions Bubiko will be performing in AR. These have to be carefully considered. Here are some of the Bubiko related ideas we have been thinking of, learning from, and experimenting with.
a doll from Thailand

This doll, a gift from a Thai friend, has been our "stunt double"for Bubiko.

colored pinwheel and paper doll

Paper tests like these are very helpful in trying to visualize the final Bubiko Foodtour AR experience

previsualizing AR experiences

Bubiko Foodtour (trial version) in front of sign featuring two drinks. Imagining the possibilities of AR.

doll with colorful drink

How will Bubiko interact with her environment? Can she speak?

I have been working with 3D models and computer game software since 2002, although much more on the creative side than the technical side. Having said that, to fully realize a creation in AR/computer -generated 3D, one must be fully aware of the the theory, possibilities and limitations of the softwares.

digital sculpture

Running Mamuang A collaborative design of the famous cartoon character 'Mamuang' between Thai cartoonist Wisut Ponnimit and digital sculptor Sebastian Schoellhammer. https://www.rinkak.com/jp/item/mokumake/5739477064482816?hl=jp

3D printing! In researching this, I was thrilled to discover the work of Wisut Ponnimit, especially Mamuang, his well-known character. The use of mascots by the prefectures in Japan has also been inspirational.
mascots

screen shots of Japanese prefecture mascots

Photoshop screenshot

Testing various elements to get the perfect look for Bubiko Foodtour.

This first stage of research is very open and more about capturing character. The next stage involves wireframes and 3D modeling and is more technical.
Bubiko Foodtour, a work in progress

Bubiko Foodtour, behind the scenes,undergoing Photoshop

Aroi mak mak!

IPOH SING: New works by Stephen Black and Bubiko Foodtour

Visual art, video art, haiku and photographs of Tiong Bahru Singapore and Ipoh, Malaysia. Stephen Black: artist, producer, author of the bestselling book, i ate tiong bahru. Bubiko Foodtour is AR's first indie superstar! Aroi mak mak!

Tiong Bahru Mouth by Stephen Black

Ipoh in August by Stephen Black and Bubiko Foodtour

This post is a response to the Singapore/Ipoh Causeway Exchange Project

https://www.facebook.com/tiongbahrumouthhaiku/

i ate tiong bahru

Support:

KooKee

Abby Hotel

22 Hale Street Heritage Museum

Stephen Black is now completing an ebook of visual imagery called iPoh, iPhone. If you would like a free copy, send a reason why to bubikofoodtour atmark gmail.com. Bubiko is on Facebook.

Toyo Project 3 (KL presentation)

I am doing a presentation in Kuala Lumpur about Toyo's work. The location is Tandang Records/The Zhongshan Building at Kampung Attap.

This link explains my relationship to Toyo.

This link goes to a series of posts about a photographic collaboration with Mee-Young Arkim. The posts outline some of my ideas on the art of photography.

The Japanese photographer in Bali Wave Ghost..

FA-Q was an artist with impact and a friend of Toyo's.

The Guardian on "the art-punk firestorm".

Rivington School: 80s Underground, book launch at Printed Matter

Special thanks to OUR ArtProjects and CC!