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oppARtunity… now!

My background, as related to the possibilities of AR, the new cinema/theatre/text-artform/communication business:

- Beach Road, the 360 movie I produced with Hiverlab, was nominated for Best Experimental film at the 2016 VR Fest Las Vegas, and featured at the 2015 Brisbane Film Festival.

-established Book Merah, and have written, published/epublished eight books including one bestseller, i ate tiong bahru.

-worked as creative director for Compudia/Walker Asia, a company doing ahead-of-its-time CG VR (gaming), as well as a platform like Youtube-3 years before Youtube began.

Stephen Black teaching gamemaking in Singapore

- Curated an international assortment of very well known, and unknown artists for a critically well-received virtual gallery called SPOKEN. This was a co-production with Eugene Soh.

-directed and co-produced Kiss, a short film featuring legendary Japanese actress Kumiko Akiyoshi. The four minute film was divided into three segments and shown at a very small size due to the technical limitations of the internet at the time.It received over 3 million views inits first three months of being online.

-Firsts in Singapore: first Singapore-made ebook on Amazon, first Singapore-based Kickstarter project, first piece of edible food art in Singapore, first 360 movie.

-In SPP, an artspace co-produced with Barae, held the Japanese premiere of Wax, a movie by David Blair, which, according to the New York Times, was the first full length movie to be transmitted on the internet.

All of the above situations and projects were "ävante garde",or "cutting edge" or "at the forefront of technology and creativity". Some were opportunities for art-creation, some were economic opportunities.

Now, of course, it is 2017. Augmented Reality is soon to be making an impact on our lives, just as social media and GPS have.

I am excited and prepared to use my experiences to create in AR.

If anyone is interested in doing something with AR, get in touch. It doesn't matter if your interest is in art or business related. At this moment, the most important thing is to get first-hand experience in the creation of an AR experience. For businesses, this means the international marketing and promotional advantages that come with being a first mover. For those on the creative side, this is the opportunity to work with a new art form.

I have been researching and preparing for a long time and now I want to make something, goshdarnit!

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. Aroi mak mak!

Stephen Black: 72 hour Facebook Live Broadcast

THE BROADCAST IS HERE.

HELLO

Augmented Reality,art, Southeast Asian food, Bubiko Foodtour, VR, music, haikus, photographs, videos, unusualness... and discussions, readings from, and free downloads of, EBOOKS! The broadcast starts at 3PM September 30, Malaysia time, ends on Monday, October 2 at 3PM Malaysia time.

Until October 2, these ebooks are free downloads on Amazon:

Obama Search Words

Furikake

Fires by Cyril Wong

i ate tiong bahru (a paper copy is available at naiise)

Bali Wave Ghost

Flame Magnet

red dot SAD

Ipoh

Contact With Shadow is not a free download, but if you are interested in the future of book distribution, you should know about Unglue.

There is an audiobook version of i ate tiong bahru, narrated by Mirai Booth-Ong. And, this is 3how's debut album.

Bubiko Foodtour is AR's first superstar.

Base of operations: the Abby Hotel in Ipoh, Malaysia.

Thank you: Hock Moon Hiong BBQ meat and Jewellery Design and Management International School

If you are here because you are interested in my AR-related startup ideas, this post gives you an overview.

FWIW, I will soon have stories on Popularium and ElevenAsia

I am writing this 30 hours after the marathon went live.On one hand my blog views are double what they usually are. On the other hand, there haven't been many viewers. That is OK. I didn't do any pre-publicity, I am not paying Facebook to blast the event and there are no costs, other than my time. I hope that towards the end of the 72 hours there are more viewers. For now, I can only say if you visit the FB live page, say hi.

Here is an email I've sent out to friends and associates:

Hello everyone... I hope the weekend is a good one for you.

Just to short note to say that I am doing a live FB broadcast from Ipoh-for 72 hours. I started Friday at 3, will finish at 3 on Monday. The camera I am using isn't very good, the audio is so-so, the internet is slow and I am silhouetted during the daytime. Perfect!

Actually I am learning a lot, and my blog is seeing a nice amount of action. The free ebooks are trickling out of Amazon. I can see clicks on my blog posts about my AR startup plans. Yesterday I was interviewed by a reporter from the Malay Mail.

Anyhoo...stop by and chat with the silhouette... and meet Secret Donut World, the Doughbots and steamboatbubikofoodtourwillie. http://www.blacksteps.tv/stephen-black-72-hour-facebook-live-broadcast/

onwARd,

Steve

This was the schedule for Friday...

FRIDAY

3pm Ipoh (3AM NYC)8AM London

Son Mn Chinese Lantern Exhibition

4:30-5:30 Ipoh(4:30-5:30AM NYC)9:30-10:30 AM London

reading from Obama Search Words

5:30-6:15 Ipoh

Ipoh food adventures

6:15-7PM Ipoh

Ipoh evening tour

7pm(7AM NYC)12PM London

Bubiko: Adventures in Photoshop at Thanas Wedding Photography

9pm(9am NYC)2pm London

Ipoh Evening food adventures

9-10 Ipoh

Free ebooks introduction

10pm(10am NYC)3pm London

Stephen Black and VR

11pm(11am NYC)4pm London

Stephen Black startup ideas

12am(12pm NYC)5pm Lon

Stephen Black and AR

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 (in Ipoh)

coming soon!

Notes on AR Startup Business Model

The startup will generate revenue in the following ways:

- Software (original IP, and possible synergies with Unity, Google and Apple)

- Digital Products, AR and 2D (direct download to individuals, bundling and through online stores)

- Character Goods, Advertising and Licensing (SDW, TD, Bubiko Foodtour)

- Character and AR Content Creation for Third Parties

"the Pixar of AR"

AR is a new medium. There are countless opportunities for entertainment, business and self-expression.

The following are now being reviewed:

Startup Growth Calculator by Trevor Blackwell

https://techcrunch.com/2014/01/31/the-complete-quantitative-guide-to-judging-your-startup/

The 10 Most Important Metrics In A Startup's Financial Statements by Tomas Tunguz http://tomtunguz.com/ten-financial-metrics/

A (VR/AR/Haptics+)-based book proposal for agents-like-Lauren-Appleton

Hello literary-agents-like-Lauren-Appleton!

I hope all is well on your side of the interwebtubes! My name is Stephen Black and I have a book proposal that I believe will be of interest to you, one of the publishing companies whom you represent and millions of people interested in visual art, gaming and film-making.

Cinema 8.0 will be a timeless bestselling classic like Towards an Architecture

Towards an Architecture was written during a transitional period in which concrete, preformed materials and Modernism were replacing past paradigms and materials. Cinema 8.0 is being written during a transitional period in which VR, AR, social media and haptics are exploding the concept of "motion pictures".

An artist/producer/writer, I believe my finished text will be factual, inspirational and light-hearted. Just as Corbusier's book is evergreen, so will be mine. (A valuable resource has been this post by Ryan Holiday about the making of Perennial Seller)

Beach Road 360VR film featured at festivals in Singapore, Brisbane and Las Vegas.

SPOKEN Unity-based virtual exhibition, curated by myself, co-produced with Eugene Soh.

Captioned virtual reality scene with two real men in it

Eugene Soh and Stephen Black

i ate tiong bahru A bestseller in Singapore. With. No. Marketing.

I've long lived in Asia, have worked for CNN, Cartoon Network, Fuji TV: writer, director, cameraman, producer. Collected as an artist, published as a photographer.

Here are blog posts that exemplify some of the research that I have done. The theoretical/inspirational components, as well as a chapter outline, can be viewed upon request.

Thank you for your time and consideration literary-agents-like-Lauren-Appleton!

onwARd,

Stephen Black

public section of Engadget Experience 100K grant proposal

Bubiko Foodtour: the world's first AR superstar

I discovered information about Lauren Appleton, and her request for manuscripts, here. I wrote the above with a great deal of respect and, hopefully, in a way that prevents internet search complications or misrepresentations.

Oh yeah...a book cover about immersive environments A working title, now scrapped.

Stelarc: the sound of three hands clapping (#3 in the Haptics series)

Three hands clapping. Maybe the phrase is a cyborg Zen riddle. Maybe it’s not. I can only imagine Stelarc’s reaction upon seeing the phrase. He'll either ignore it and plunge into the heart of the text, or laugh his Aussie-mad-scientist laugh..

This post is casual, a pleasant way to continue my haptics series. So much of writing, art and AR/VR is done in isolation and it is refreshing and important to remember the human side of things. I’m reminded of how unusual the “facts” of my life can be: In Singapore’s Little India, I once had dinner with a man with an ear on his arm.

When I lived in Japan, I was fortunate to document a few of Stelarc’s performances that featured The Third Hand, including his monorail suspension, his "last". Years before that event, I was working in lower Manhattan, not far from where Stelarc suspended himself over 11th Street. Two of my friends rushed in and told me about the “guy who was hanging by fish hooks”. The information caused me to become became pale and deeply confused.

Photo by Toyo Tsuchiya used with permission.

Now, when I meet Stelarc, it is like seeing a dear friend, one who is always stimulating.

Stephen Black as lab rat

effect of low voltage electricity on muscles demonstration

Stelarc ear on arm

LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. With Urich Lau and Steve Dixon. My first and only photobomb.

http://www.blacksteps.tv/unlocking-with-ears-stelarc/
man, hat, smartphone and dragonfly

Stelarc recording winged body, by Stephen Black

Stelarc has a piece in SPOKEN, a co-production between myself and Eugene Soh, The Dude. The first part of this series is here.

A Few Notes on the Legal World and IT

This is part meditation/part reportage of a fact-finding mission. I am not involved with the legal world in any manner, and these notes are simply that: notes.

I try to be open to other perspectives. And, as I am finalizing plans for an AR/VR startup, it doesn’t hurt to learn about the state of the legal industry, even if I‘ve no immediate use for the interesting information shared below.

The jpeg sign I made for my friend may result in something, maybe not. He is a successful IP lawyer presently with a MNC, and a keynote speaker. I’m not his agent. I am sure he will find what he wants. His situation made me think...

The legal world and IT… Finance now has bitcoins and blockchains, Fintech has invaded Wall Street. TV and movies can fit in your hand. VR and AR will take image making forward with a magic leap. Society is being restructured by Uber, ebooks, Facebook and Whattsup. Perhaps my friend can find what he wants simply, by writing a post on Facebook, LinkedIn or a website catering to lawyers and teachers. Maybe he could throw his net wider with Workable . Perhaps there is a matchmaking service specializing in law. Over sixteen million results showed up when I searched using the words: "job agency for legal profession".

example of first page results

First page of search for the words "legal profession job agency"

We live at the beginning of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. A term which is now heard frequently is Gig Economy. In the UK, judges wear black robes...and some still wear horsehair wigs, a tradition originating at the end of the 17th century.

Guest Post: Why Legal Engineering + Why Now?

This is a Guest Post by Dr Ben Gardner, Chief Scientific Officer, of UK-based Wavelength Law, which is a hybrid law firm that offers both legal advice and legal engineering solutions. https://www.artificiallawyer.com/2017/06/02/guest-post-why-legal-engineering-why-now/

Find a Lawyer, a service based in the state of Indiana http://www.inbar.org/news/news.asp?id=350199

Artificial intelligence disrupting the business of law https://www.ft.com/content/5d96dd72-83eb-11e6-8897-2359a58ac7a5?mhq5j=e1

http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/how_artificial_intelligence_is_transforming_the_legal_profession

Law schools increase fees. The most lucrative jobs are given to schools in great disproportion. A lot of jobs go to graduates from a only a few schools.

US$100,000 debt because of grad school. http://nationalmagazine.ca/Blog/March-2016/Law-school-on-trial-Obiter-Dicta-s-student-survey.aspx?lang=FR

A COLLECTION OF STARTUPS FOR THE LEGAL BUSINESS IN CANADA

Law360, New York (April 8, 2016, 4:44 PM EDT) -- Lawyers have long believed they are special. Until recently...

AS an "algorithmic artist", I wonder how AI programs and filters would reflect or not reflect this article: Why We Do Not Hire Law School Graduates from the Ivy League Schools

I should make it clear that I have no relationships with any of the companies and sites mentioned above and will notify them that I have linked to them.

Stephen Blackdigital law

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

Stephen Black: Interview and chat on the Segilola Salami Show

Looking forward to chatting with  Segilola and Jack H.M.Wong about a variety of topics. One of which will likely be about the possibilities between 3D animation and children's stories. Segilola's website is here and the interview will appear in this blogpost when it is finished. >