Tag Archives: network art

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.

Eating Where Orwell Ate will be Stephen Black's ninth book project. With a writing style similar to the bestselling i a ate tiong bahru, Eating Where Orwell Ate brings to life the small details that define a culture, and documents the major social events and changes of 2017.

Animal84

Bif “Graybox” Enum: Invisible Game Developer

Powerfrog Troopers Revolution Quest 2: The Croak Goes On (100 million units sold). Who wrote it? Me. Is my name on it? Nope. Tungsten Fortress Golf Romancer III.  Seventy-five million units. Eight months of my life, a nice chunk of change and yet another crate of Katsuyama, but did I get any work from that? NO. Alekhine Defense of Immortal Soccer Regends: Twenty-three million units. I nearly went blind from the nonstop rewriting and revisions. After launch, was my inbox flooded with job offers? No, no and no.

Hi. My name is  Biff Enum and I’m a game designer. “Graybox" is my middle name and scripting addictive interactive stories is my game.

I've contributed to projects that have sold over 585 million cross platform units and yet you’ve never heard of me. Why? Cause I’m a secret agent man. White labellissimo. Ghosty stylee. Incognito. That’s me.

Let’s pretend you are in Kyoto, visiting an “entertainment company” and you are escorted into a room to “have a cup of tea”. You are left alone in a room that looks like the  Videogame Hall of Fame. You have a sense that if you take a photo, your broken camera and/or body parts will remain in the room. Before you can memorize anything, a uniformed kawaii "office lady" enters and says, "I am sorry. It is mistake of room, you can drink with tea upstairs. If you are mention this room to anyone, it is your time of disembowelment, regardless of displaying GPS location. Shall we go?”

My CV is something like that. Guys who are ethically challenged would like to “have a word with me” if I tell anyone about the complete list of projects I’ve worked on. I have been called a “game developer’s game developer” which means my ideas are uncredited and stolen. It’s not always a problem, this whitelabel business. When that bulging diaper called Revenge of Epic of Bloopy Babies hit the fan, I remained search engine safe.

Why do I work so hard for no recognition? Money! I am a narrative artist and since I was in primary school I wanted to write, with passion, stories that shake and explore the emotional blindspots of people. I want to fundamentally compel readers to confront our modern world with all of its contradictions so as to engage better with their fractured lives. In games like Quest of the Galaxy Beach Volleyball, I am able to express myself and to literally put into action all that I learned in the Iowa State Writers Workshop.

My ghostwriter earnings have allowed me to self-publish a speculative fiction novel that combines elements of GTA with Switezianka, an Undine legend about a boar hunter and a water nymph. Visit my blog for updates on this unforgettable postmodern tale of fickle love, European women wearing wet clothes, gunbattles, and ultrahighspeed Pegassi car chases.

Thank you for stopping by.

Biff

Unity 3D: 2D Size in AR…?

I would like to recommend two video tutorials, both about how to create AR projects with entitled Unity3D and Vuforia, posted on Youtube by Art, Culture and Technology Purdue University: However, I am not a Unity developer, and my planned AR project will be my first. With this in mind, the following images have raised questions for me:

I understand that there are two models in the above pictures. What I wonder about is the file sizes of the two models. Is there a way to calculate the relationship between model size and total ARKit/ARCore file? (Assuming the model is simple, and has no animations.)

Fabian Winkler was kind enough to reply and his answers appear below.

To be most precise, I am interested in displaying photos in AR; an exhibition about Ipoh, Malaysia. The desired effect would resemble a slide show floating in air. But how can I describe to the developer how large the sizes should appear in AR? And before, I do this, how can learn about the total AR download file size? Sample images:

From the IPOH 38 iPhone Photographs by Bubiko Foodtour AR exhibition

trail of fog over Ipoh

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

FROM FABIAN WINKLER: About your question: there is a proportional relationship between 3D model file (or slideshow images) and the image target that triggers it. You set this up in Unity where you can scale the 3D/image content in relationship to the size of your image target, this relationship will remain the same if the image target is detected in a real-world application.

For example, in the stills that you posted from my video: the size of the corn stalk has not changed in Unity, only the image target was much larger in one case (in the actual location on site - the cracks in the cross walk on campus) than in the other (a smaller print out of the same cracks) - thus the corn stalk also got proportionally scaled.

I would like to thank Fabian Winkler, for the videos. I was happy to discover his artworks.

Oh yes, if anyone would like to download a beta work-in-progress of the Ipoh photo exhibition, it's here.

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

Stephen Black: Symphony Suites Session, 12-24 hours

Artist-in residence, in-house photographer/videographer. Startup in an incubator program. Tourist. Novelist. Content creator. Futurist

The Symphony Suites Session combined these concepts and more, in an experimental approach. Now that the project has concluded, the results are being compiled.This is the second of five posts.The first post is here.

I learned about this video the first day, and broadcast it throughout the 60 hour session.

Ipoh Cultural Parade 2017 from Double i on Vimeo.

This is the second time that I have done a durational event in a hotel. The first, for 72 hours, took place at the Abby Hotel, also in Ipoh. I hope to repeat this sort of activity. Ideas will become more refined, systems and patterns will emerge and now opportunities and challenges will present themselves. The first night was both an accomplishment and a challenge. I was acting upon ideas generated from the first event, but wondering how polished I could make them. For example: number of viewers. I learned ways to use Facebook Live at the first event, but was unsure about how to increase viewership, how to increase technical quality, and of course, how to create meaningful content.

The dawn came.

During this twelve hour period, I deepened my understanding of Ipoh and became more familiar with the Symphony Suites hotel itself.

I also publicized the free ebook of photographs by Bubiko Foodtour.

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.

AR photo exhibition: Ipoh by Bubiko Foodtour

Thank you for your interest in what may be the first ever AR photographic exhibition. Bubiko Foodtour, the world's first AR superstar, is a chef who loves taking pictures of food, travel and culture. Here she presents her iPhone photographs of Ipoh, Malaysia. Full of natural beauty, great food and a fascinating history, Ipoh charmed Bubiko completely. Ipoh: 88 iPhone photographs by Bubiko Foodtour ebook on Amazon (THIS POST IS A PLACEHOLDER AND LINKS TO BUBIKO'S PHOTO EXHIBITION ARE SCHEDULED TO APPEAR HERE ON OCTOBER 13, 2017. THERE WILL BE LINKS TO iTUNES AND GOOGLE PLAY.)

Stephen Black/ Ipoh/Augmented Reality (almost)crowdfunding

ForwARd!

Hello!

My name is Stephen Black, and I am hoping you can help me with ideas and any kind of support you can. I want to make a simple project for the new technology of Augmented Reality. I am trying this direct approach for fundraising instead of crowdfunding. Crowdfunding will take too long and this is urgent, in a good and exciting way.

Allow me to introduce myself and my project to you:

My background is in art, television production (CNN, Fuji TV, Cartoon Network).I'm a graduate from the Rochester Institute of Technology. I worked for a gamemaking company, until 2007. I then began writing books, while waiting for AR, VR and mobile technology to become stable. This is happening now, and by 2019, there will be hundreds of millions of AR-friendly Android and Apple phones and tablets.

I have been introducing AR to food-related businesses in Southeast Asia. These activities led to an interview by the Malay Mail news service (circulation 100,000).The interview is scheduled to be be printed/go online October 14. A draft of the article is here. A concise background of my AR, VR, 360, art, photographic and other activities is here.

I hope to have a photo exhibition AR project online by then. The photos are of Ipoh, Malaysia.

So... at the moment I am scrambling to find $800.This covers the cost of the app and related expenses.

Please contact me if you can help. I am open to receiving donations that I will thankfully acknowledge and pay back/pay forward. However, I also hope to connect to individuals, companies or artists that would like to create future projects, whether art, entertainment or advertising.

THANK YOU

Stephen Black

bubikofoodtour (@)gmail.com A more detailed post on my AR activities.

PS: This is Bubiko Foodtour, another AR project I am working on, along with Secret Donut World and the Doughbots.