Why don’t I shoot as much in Singapore as I do overseas? I thought to myself. Does Singapore have less beauty to offer? Is the sun better overseas? Is the grass greener on the other side? If there’s one thing we’ve got, it’s sunlight. I don’t go out in it in Singapore as much – I don’t bother waking up early to see the museums because there’s no return flight to countdown to. I can do it tomorrow. Now that a possible Doomsday is looming I decided to visit the attractions here for a change. Happy Possible Doomsday!
We won the Wonda VR 48h VR South East Asia Hackathon with our immersive interactive 360 video project, LUMI. As the winning team, our project is also exhibited as part of the Human+ Show at ArtScrience Museum until the 15th October 2017.
You can go experience our project between 2:30pm to 4:30pm everyday at the HUMAN+ Show at the Museum. Why its only open for 2 hours? Its is because the installation requires gallery sitters to help you with the VR headsets.
The user plays as LUMI, an under-utilized robot room assistant. Although LUMI can perform 120 tasks, LUMI’s current user (played by yours truly) has disabled most of its functions and only use it to turn the lights on and off.
So basically, you play as an AI to turn my room lights on and off while creepily watching me in my room. You can choose to obey to me or not. For example: Turning the lights off while I’m having a shower will lead to a hilarious out-come of me coming out the shower with shampoo in my hair.
We shot everything in my room at home, which really saved us a tonne of time because we didn’t need to scout for locations or travel at all; we only had 48 hours from the start to the finish. I’m quite proud of what we done.
You can also go check it out on the Wonda VR app.
Our installation at the ArtScience Museum can be easy to miss, so here are some photographic directions to it.
Last year I exhibited two different types of work at both Singapore Art Museum and the National Museum. It was a really big deal for me though I realized I didn’t blog about them at all! So here are photos from each them.
Singapore Art Museum – Sensorium 360
I had the good fortune of exhibiting my Installation, The Overview Installation, as part of Singapore Art Museum (SAM)’s quarterly exhibitions from 31st July to 22 October 2014.
All three viewing modes were available namely, God view (Third person perspective), Vice Versa (Swapping Perspectives with your buddy) and Lizard Vision (having eyes at the side of your head)
The show had a constant flow of visitors everyday and I was told that there were queues for my installation and that people come back for more!
This work went to TV! I think they did a good job documenting it too.
National Museum – Icon De Martell Cordon Bleu Photo Award 2014
Thank you Kelley Cheng for nominating me for this prestigious award. Here are photos from the award show from 20th August to 5th September 2014 – Just in time for the Night Festival party crowd.
Okay that’s all! Happy Lunar New Year everyone!
We won! Grand Champions! What an incredible 3 day hackathon we had, 28th to 30th September. Our team was made up of Cedric Sommer [Hustler], Zhang Weiran [Hustler], Jek Tan [Designer] and me, Eugene Soh [Developer].
The project we made in 54 hours was, Mind Palace, it is a Virtual Reality experience for dementia patients to immerse themselves in an environment of familiarity. The environment can be their old home that doesn’t exist anymore or a familiar in Singapore that most of the elderly here would know, i.e. the old national day stadium.
The demo I built was a Mind Palace for myself to use when dementia eventually creeps up on me. It is a vr environment of my old house, littered with photos of myself and my loved ones.
We built something amazing last night and the judges placed their biggest bet on us,I can’t wait to share our project, Mind Palace, but for now I need sleep. whole team needs sleep.
This was absolutely surreal. This is my second Hackathon since graduation and I happened to be in the winning team for both! 100% win rate. Startup Weekend Singapore was really generous and with a much bigger crowd compared to my last one, there were so many mentors, the gift bag was super, the food never ran out and there was plenty of beer!
Hey guys, I’m back from my trip to Boston and Bangkok! A few exciting things happened while I was away – making me regret I left Singapore… but oh well.
1. The Last Kopitiam at the Affordable Art Fair 2013
2. DUDE.SG in Female Magazine, December Issue
Along with Dawn Ng and Benjamin Hampe! Yea, go grab a copy of this month’s issue of Female! Thank you Female!
3. Little India Riot
Although regretful, this must have been the biggest news for Singapore all year! I was observing the not-as-exciting protests in Bangkok while all that was happening back home.
Happy holidays everyone!
I was reminded of how much she was my muse when I stumbled upon all this footage while clearing my computer last week.
Hours of footage, filmed over the last 5 years in different countries. Perhaps from more naive, happy times and in some cases, silly for shooting in low-res lol (Memory cards were expensive!)
I had a hard time distilling all that footage. It is a poetic masterpiece of adoration in my eyes, it makes me cry for realzies.
To my sister: no matter what happens or what you might be going through in Trump land, know that I’ll always be proud of you! I feel like I’ve won the lottery of life to have grown up with a beautiful, kind and talented sister like you