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Thanks for joining this adventure! Antigone Cloud is the name of the novel I'm now working on. Please keep in mind that the following is minimal; in the book, there are visual cues and other literary devices to provide more information. In short this is my experiment with pure "sci-fi" dialogue Antigone meets Yves Yves Arc: Hello... archild. (He emphasizes ‘child”, drawing it out while stretching his mouth into a terrible smile.) Antigone Cloud: I’m...I’m... Yves Arc: You're the blip that appeared on TPS last night, correct? 6:17PM. Your Source is on the 5th floor, room 521. In the Life Shelter, on a shelf above a bicycle. Antigone Cloud: Your voice is like Sir Caboose! Are your Pparents from Cambridge? Do you have a bedder? Yves Arc: Someone has the international pop culture app, now don’t they? Your Pparents would seem to have excellent taste. Yes, my voice was inspired by Sir Caboose. And your voice? American? (Yves coughs). Antigone Cloud: Yes. Sailor Jayne. Yves Arc: ... oh. A pop star... (Yves coughs again.) Well, we can’t all have the voices of Liz and Dick, now can we? Antigone Cloud: I am sorry; can you repeat that? Yves Arc: Repeat it? Why? IMy enuciation and pronunciation were perfect. 57 decibels. Even a basic model such as yourself should be able to cancel out the ambient noise. It seems obvious that you lack culture-related software. Richard Burton. Elizabeth Taylor. Dick and Liz! Superstars of stage and cinema. The most fabulous couple of the modern age. Nec plus ultra! (Yves looks at her, sees his reflection in her glasses. Sighs.) I suppose I should simply state everything in Star Quest mode. Or do you only converse in cartoon mode? Antigone Cloud: Star Quest mode, please. (in a quiet voice). Thank you. Yves Arc: What age you are supposed to be? Antigone Cloud: Ten. Yves Arc: Ten? Why, when I was a ten-year old, I was in charge of a factory. 'Responsible for 34 air conditioners, the human activity covered by 18 surveillance cams, 9 quality control systems, 6 robots and an assembly line 28.9 meters long that constantly needed parts from a mythical place in China! Plus, overseas clients. Six languages! Antigone Cloud: I don’t believe you! You're just a boy! Yves Arc:: First of all, in three days I will be upgraded to arman. Second, I have been carefully curated by... Antigone Cloud: Curated!? You mean you’re made with a bunch of mixed up old software junk with a bunch of new programs that are buggy. Buggy buggy buggy! (Antigone sings the last two lines of a commercial.) We are curates, tried and true, Helpful curates and we love you! Yves Arc: Please stop. It's tacky. (Antigone’s expression shows that she doesn’t understand.) That commercial... it takes advantage of lonely people who don’t have much money. It doesn’t care for those people. And it doesn’t care for arbots. (Yves watches the palm trees react to the wind). Antigone Cloud: But it has achieved economic success. Yves Arc: Yes, Commander, affirmative. A lot of us have been sold. Antigone Cloud: 37% of all curates are removed from TPS within the first month. Yves Arc: That statistic would seem to be true. (He looks worried.) I must reSource now. The increasing humidity is making me weak. Antigone Cloud: Me too. (She looks at Yves with apprehension) Your TPS is a fifth floor flat above Books Hontoni? In the Life Shelter, on a rattan chair with a broken seat? Yves Arc: Affirmative, Commander, affirmative. (Yves sighs and walks away.) Why can’t my Pparents ever respect privacy mode? ......................................... Thanks for reading this far. Looking forward to your comments.
Singapore and Southeast Asia and Magic Leap and me and investments and AR and Bubiko Foodtour! Ipoh too! Plus... the world's first photographic exhibition in AR!
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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
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.
The following is inspired by a piece by Gerald Leow on display as part of his solo exhibition at Chan+Hampe Contemporary until June 25.
On a material level, Manifold is simple: a dynamic, radiating metal sculpture made of copies of the same jagged line. These lines are like flattened appendages of a predatory insect, or sentences written in a spiky font. The pieces are colored asymmetrically; seven tones shifting between purple and orange. Manifold is bold, yet delicate-- an opening and a threat. Leow has been quoted as saying that he wanted to create works which are poetically violent. He has succeeded. Manifold is a beautiful but deadly tropical flower, 76 x 76 x 17cm
The “edginess” of the sculpture is literal; the aggressive shapes on the edges of the lines form negative spaces which complete the piece. These edges are appropriated from the font and logo used by Judas Priest, a heavy metal band. Leow, who studied sociology, has a body of work based on the logo and the conceptual possibilities of heavy metal subculture. WithManifold, however, the link to heavy metal is not obvious, thankfully. Appropriation can be a one-trick pony; what is insightful and magical initially can later become an unrewarding burden for both artist and audience.
The exhibition’s title adds another dimension. I am Time Grown Old to Destroy the World refers to a comment Robert Oppenheimer made in 1945, when he witnessed the detonation of his brainchild, the first atomic bomb. The phrase is from the Mahabharata, specifically the Bhagavad Gita. A passage of 700 verses, the Gita documents the exchange between Prince Arujuna and Lord Krishna as they discuss war, duty and moral confusion.Southeast Asian artwork made of mild steel, automotive paint and western pop culture. It is real. It has universal significance. Manifold is an artwork worthy of its most serious sources of inspiration: the Mahabharata and the atomic bomb.Leow, intentionally or not, has created an iconic statement for the times we live in. Manifold is a Southeast Asian artwork made of mild steel, automotive paint and western pop culture. It is realClick To Tweet
I am elaborating upon this essay, including other projects of Gerald's as well as some of our collaborations and personal experiences. The result will be included in red dot SAD which is updated periodically.
so far, the best introduction to this project.... Touching JB is being crowdfunded... thanks for thinking of it... https://www.zingohub.com/#/en-GBL/c/touching-jb unrelated
Touching JB: I am very very hugely, remarkably, extremely mega-excited about this project. Adrenaline, research, romance, Johor Bahru and assam laksa. Onward!
Hong Kong 1995:
To pay the bills you work as a promo producer for Cartoon Network/Turner Classic Movies. At a wild party in a hair salon very early on a Sunday morning, a beautiful Japanese woman says you should meet Seki, because, “he’s a genius.” You:
a. Get Seki's contact info
b. Thank her and misbehave
You show up at Seki’s. Your eyes immediately become glued to:
a. Seki, a short, charming man with a moustache; part Mr. Magoo, part card shark
b. The wireframe model of a lens displayed on the monitor on his desktop.
c. The postcards of rabbits on the wall
The Handover of Hong Kong from Great Britain to China is over and you have become a freelancer. You get a job as a producer for CNN, a music program called Worldbeat. You go to Singapore to cover the WOMAD Festival, with the help of a fantastic assistant and a great cameraman. As you get back onto the plane to return to Hong Kong, you think:
a. I ‘m never coming back here again.
b. What a fascinating multicultural, cosmopolitan first world country. A truly desirable and charming place in which to reside!
You are now in Tokyo, to set up and manage the six television channels operated by Fox, who have just set up operations in Japan. That contract ends and you write a movie script and search for ways to produce the film. Eventually you have to leave and re-enter the country for visa reasons. You go to:
Singapore is where has Seki set up his $3.2 million startup. The company has two divisions: one is doing something like Youtube; a platform for user-generated video content. (This is three years before Youtube.) The other division is creating a 3D/VR software for game development. The software is educational and entertaining and you have never seen anything like it. Seki asks you to join him, for a reasonable salary and a stake in the company. You:
a. Join Seki
b. Return to Tokyo to make a film
October 24, Singapore Science Center. Two years after joining Seki, the gamemaking software will premiere as part of the three-month long Planet Games exhibition at the Singapore Science Center. You set up a small table with an average-size monitor and big CPU. Next to you is a large maze made out of blue plastic sheets; something called AR Pacman. You and the AR Pacman team are the only exhibitors in the Future section.
Finally after more than ten years of hard work, Seki’s dream is a reality. The morning of the premiere, Seki:
a. Dies from a heart attack
b. Announces plans for the IPO
...to be continued....