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(image by David Severn) The Art/VR startup idea...the time is now! The Tiong Bahru Mouth the book , the photos, the haikus, the videos. The Tiong Bahru Market is closing for three months at the end of February. Seems like that would be a punctuation mark of some sort. The i ate tiong bahru audiobook is now being checked by Amazon. The iatb glasses were successfully crowdfunded. So was the design for the Tiong Bahru poster. I ate Tiong Bahru, the book itself, is due for a second printing... I Ate Tiong Bahru Audiobook Really...this could go live any day!Voicemaps I have Tiong Bahru mapped out... Bali Wave Ghost After three years+ of doing the starving artist thing,it's time to work on the net net and synergize so as to secure maximum ROI.(that was written last year also, on another blog post. Have not done marketing.. no sales action.)SPOKEN I wrote the following last year, and it has received attention, should receive more... SPOKEN needs to increase its audience...it really is an incredible piece of work :a virtual gallery built by Eugene Soh and filled with contributions from an extremely diverse collection of artists and writers. And these two projects, carry overs from last year. Hopefully by midyear, they can be picked up again...INSEIN Last year, I spent almost ten days in Yangon. I created images with a digital camera. I would like to exhibit them and create a book.The images use Yangon as a starting point...I Ate LaPhet Thoke Conceptual art meets culinary research. A booklet co-created with Sayuri Okayama.Beach Road This 360VR movie will hopefully continue to attract viewers. Towards a New Cinematography, the book, has been plodding along. I hope it will plod faster.AND I WANT TO SPEND TIME WITH MY MOM AND DAD AND BROTHER AND DAUGHTER!
He Once Hitchhiked: Morning Chat with Reed Hastings, CEO Netflix: “Disruption, Culture, People and Leadership”
Being a very experienced entrepreneur, I have to strongly disagree with a statement Reed Hastings made last Friday during his presentation for the U Creative community in Singapore.
"An entrepreneur," he said," is someone who jumps out of a plane without a parachute, wholeheartedly believing that a bird will pass by and carry him to safety."
What nonsense!An entrepreneur works his tail off making plans and researching, so that after jumping out of the plane, he or she knows exactly where and when a FLYING DRAGON will appear to carry him or her over the Mountains of Hardship and the Desert of Loneliness to the Magic Conference Room Where One's Colleagues Are Stunning. Anyhoo... Reed Hastings: "The creative economy is about variability." "Adequate gets a great severance package." Most of the topics Mr. Hastings touched upon are here. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
My HeadTalker i ate tiong bahru glassware campaign is here. My understanding of how HeadTalker works is this: someone who supports a HeadTalker campaign is agreeing to let HeadTalker, for only one time, post on his or her social media site.
In my case, if someone supports my HeadTalker project, a post will appear on his or her social media site on October 28, 2016 12:00pm Eastern Time (US & Canada)
The message, and a screenshot of the glassware project on Zingohub, that will appear is this:
"drinkers, art collectors, T-shirt wearers and book readers:welcome!https://hdtk.co/3DI6A"That link goes to my crowdfunding campaign. My crowdfunding campaign is for an edition of glasses, "normal" glasses, T-shirts, books, ebooks and more, all related to i ate tiong bahru. My crowdfunding campaign is here. To say this another way, someone who supports my HeadTalker campaign will automatically, and for one time only, have a post that tells people about my glassware crowdfunding campaign.... for which I will be very, very thankful! Any questions, please ask...this is a first time for me, and I have researched carefully and I think the above sums it up. But yes, last time..If you support my Headtalker, they will, for one time only, make a post on your social media site for my glassware project. T H A N K S If you are a writer or considering using HeadTalker, or a similar service called Thunderclap, you should read this great post by Steve Vernon. Another excellent account of a user's experiences, this one by Paul Towers, on his Project:Startup Blog.
Reviews are now being collected and updated, but for now, there is only this link . i ate tiong bahru has sold almost 2000 copies, qualifying it as a national bestseller in Singapore. A second edition is now being planned. The follow up book is tiong bahru mouth. Printed copies of i ate tiong bahru are in all Singapore public libraries, as well as at Naiise, Booktique, Books Actually, Plain Vanilla, City Book Room, Kinokunya and excluniqueeee. Ebooks are available on Amazon.
From now til October 3, I am showing the works of myself, hiverlab and immersively and other 360 VR filmmakers, as well as films and artworks related to the 360 experience. The location is a small gallery-like space on Level 1 of the Isetan at Wisma Atria. Additionally, I am showing my photographs and explaining my conceptual art works. This is not low budget; it is no budget. I am doing this because Isetan is a great place to interact with people on an intimate basis; a quiet environment where VR can be nicely explained and pleasantly experienced. I have invited artists and friends to come and will soon create social media to spread the word. The "festival" will be low key, hopefully fun and a great way to network filmmakers and other creatives, artists, musicians, writers and producers in Singapore. The Sudden VR Festival takes exemplifies the potential of ay4ya and is part of the Formula W.E. pop up event which lasts until October 3, 2016. OK What I have: EQUIPMENT 4 viewing devices 1 phone/playback CONTENT Beach Road, which was featured in the 2015 Brisbane Film Festival as well as nominated for Best Experimental Film at the 2016 Las Vegas VR Fest.Beach Road is a co-production between myself and hiverlab. Selected works of Lionel Chok and immersively. WISHLIST Manpower. It would be great if someone could gallerysit. I will be at the space as much as possible and will soon make a schedule so that people can visit when I am there. If there is additional manpower there can be more VR screenings. THE GEAR WILL NEVER BE LEFT ALONE. Phone With only one phone, there will be waiting times. When I start to do publicity, I will STRONGLY suggest that participants download Beach Road (or any other VR film) into their phones so as to minimize waiting time. Design I am e x t r e m e l y slow at using design software. However, I have worked as a creative director and am fully prepared with concept, layout, fonts etc. I would like to make a A4 flyer that can be scaled/modified to make a standup and/or poster. If you know of a designer that can help, we will fly. Two hours requested, hoping to use less than half of that time. VR Industry people Who can I invite? Would be great to showcase all local VR producers and create a supportive network. We all know that things happen and suddenly we need a camera on short notice or get some advice on how to fix a stitching issue. A community of Singaporean VR fillmakers? You may say that I'm a dreamer.... Ideas on how to attract people Media connections,bloggers anyone with whom we can share information. Not just connect with media people, but with anyone who can help us connect with people on a grass roots level. Do send me an email about anything related to this post, or leave a message below. If possible let me know when you will be visiting Isetan and I will do my best to see you there... Finally, this all happened very suddenly. Although I hope action and discussions can be started immediately, this should not become a stressful situation. Let's look at it as though The Sudden VR Festival is a beta, a soft launch; simply a way to get together and share...with each other and the public. Oh yeah.... anyone have a spare Oculus? 🙂 Thanks for considering this. Onward! Stephen Black
These photos were taken in the front of the popup, before the green light to use the gallery space. (That is NOT my art in the background.)
I just upgraded my WordPress site...looks great. Seems like they are exploring the potential of what blogs can be, also great. The following post is not mine, but something I discovered via WordPress's new (to me) Reader feature.... This ability to easily share the blog posts of other people is something I need to really look into. The post came up when I searched for my hero Paul Stamets. It exemplifies what I often like to read: information with a sense of humor and lyricism... So, yes this is a bit of an experiment. Questions: what about keywords? How does the source of the article know that his or her blog post has been shared? Does this mean that every blog post on WordPress can be shared, at least theoretically? As you can see, the source of the post is clearly identified...great! THANKS to Momentum, Science and the Law of Attraction!
Be the best rotted tree you can be. Mantra for the week. Take a walk out into the forest. You’ll find an old rotted tree. You can see where it has opened up the forest – from where it had once taken up space. In an extremely interesting book, Mycelium Running -How Mushrooms Can Help Save the […]via Love her like a rotted tree — Momentum, Science & the Law of Attraction
Because I will soon be doing another ebook giveaway AND a Kickstarter campaign, I wanted to test and learn about Facebook Live and see if it could be used to help with promotion. I should mention that, for the past three years, I have been writing and living in Bali, one result being that it was unnecessary to have a smartphone. Suddenly I find myself in Jakarta with an "old" Samsung. It has been the ideal opportunity to work with photography and Facebook Live. What I have learned in the past few days will somehow help the free ebook and Kickstarter campaigns. 1. My first Facebook Live experience...wow! Actually, this took place in Singapore, a couple of weeks ago, when I helped my friends at JDMIS do a test. At present, one segment has reached over 52,000 people and 11,000 people viewed at least part of it. These figures astounded me, though I was fully aware that JDMIS has a large fan base and the live broadcast was promoted by a boosted ad. I think less than 40 dollars were spent in total (there were a few segments). We live in amazing times. My Facebook Live audience has rarely been in the double digits. Understandable as I have done no preparation, my followers are not many and I am not paying to boost anything.
- Facebook Live from a technical aspect. For a serious shoot, the Wifi must be checked beforehand, especially if the camera moves even a few feet. A weak signal will stop the video or result in distortion. Sound and picture quality are acceptable but, like any video shoot, preparation is needed for the best audio and video.
- Facebook Live from a cinematographer's viewpoint. Without some sort of stabilizer, the picture will be bumpy. I need a Smoovie! Facebook Live uses a square format! There are filters, including one for black and white.
- Facebook Live from a social media aspect. The Facebook Live Map is useful, but I don't think I gained any viewers because of it. As mentioned, I do not yet have a large audience base and as a result cannot expect a significant number of viewers, though a Facebook Ad campaign may change that. Unlike the Live video, those ads can be tagged.
"Art"... such a misused word. In the case of the thumb kways, the "art" label was easy to understand, in that the kways looked like thumbprints, which made them a form of self-portraiture, among other things. But now, these miso furikake riceballs... why do I label them as an artwork as opposed to, say, promotion for my Furikake book? Or marketing for Mom Natura? Or promotion for Tawaraya Rice? Ultimately, art is communication and self-portraiture. With the Iron Fire Furikake Miso Riceball Tour, we went out, communicated, learned about natural food stores in Singapore and had fun. We weren't out to sell anything, just wanted to share the magic of rice and iron fire miso furikake.... We set out hoping to interact with most of the stores on this list. First stop: 67 Aliwal Street. Two people had an iron fire furikake miso riceball experience. This image was created: A haiku poet! Dave Tai who, like a Zen master, listened to me describe the riceball artworks. He then became one with the riceball. http://www.haikufever.com/ Next stop: Shaw Towers, where we had surprised Karen Ong and Lee Hui Lun at Oasis Organic the day before. Another riceball experience! The shop had just received a big delivery, so we only took this shot, of a shelf where the goods had already been unpacked neatly... Then, we did something we don't do often: we ate meat. (I know, I know...) This is the view of Shaw Towers. You can't see it, but there is a sign that says Shaw Leisure Gallery: The Art of Life. Wish we'd had time to see our dear friends at JDMIS, Asia's center for jewelry making classes and certification. Next stop Tanglin Mall! The person we met at Brown Rice Paradice was not in the mood for a riceball experience but did seem happy to take the info we provided. Coincidentally, we ran into Chris, jewelry designer and maker of musical beats. We met in Tiong Bahru in Tiong Bahru a few years ago and, unfortunately, have not yet had a chance to sit down and relax with cold beverages made of fermented wheat and hops and stuff like that... SUPERNATURE! At Great World, we stopped by Four Seasons... Somewhere near Robertson Quay: documentation of the pamphlet from Mom Natura and the chirashii from Tawaraya Could not resist! But, our ultimate destination on Mohamed Sultan was : The Organic Grocer. Then, we dashed off to catch a glimpse of the Annie Liebovitz show before it closed. I'd worked for her for a month on a series of shoots in Tokyo a while ago and, even though I knew it was a naive idea, thought she might still be in town and I could just say hi. She was gone, of course, but the man in charge was extremely helpful.. and the recipient of one of the day's last iron fire miso furikake riceball masterpieces! Finally, a haiku by Dave Tai...
Simple description: I am moving (shifting as they say in Singapore/the UK) and hope to get some of my artworks in the hands of people who understand them. Pay what you like for the following printed books: Bali Wave Ghost, I Ate Tiong Bahru and Furikake. All of these books have received positive reviews and all are described on this blog elsewhere. As for the T-shirts: -they are a means of disseminating information about "compung", a word I have created. I am now looking for organizations about neologisms, so as to find ways to register "compung" or get it into the mainstream. - they reference On Kawara as well as Prince's use of symbols and the substitution of letters for words -they promote the Kampung GUI. GUI stands for ground up initiative, a concept that I strongly believe in. -they feature my "unaesthetic" aesthetic. Fun, maybe challenging... SO... get in touch if you are interested. I would be happy to connect these limited edition artworks with people who "get" them... Onward! SB The books are a limited edition, joining these others.