A Day With MBS

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!

Emotionless SG
1. Emotionless (Imma Tree Too)
Marina Bay Sands
2. MBS
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3. Happily Out Of Focus
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4. Chinaman
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Team Dude wins the 48 hour VR Hackathon!

Team Dude wins the 48hour French VR hackathon

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.

About Our Project:
LUMI is an under-utilized robot room assistant. Although LUMI can perform 120 tasks, LUMI’s current user has disabled most of its functions and only uses it to turn the lights on and off.
This virtual reality experience addresses the relation of humans in a not-so distant future living with robot companions who act as extended tools performing our daily tasts. LUMI won the first prize of the South East Asia Hackathon

About LUMI:

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.

Welcome to my room! Wonda VR is the software used to create the interactivity with “hotspots” on our 360 video. The red Squares are the hotspots where users can look up and switch the lights on or off.

Our installation at the ArtScience Museum can be easy to miss, so here are some photographic directions to it.

Look out for this green corner of the Human+ show. It is only open 2:30pm to 4:30pm because they need someone to be there to help you with the headsets
Then turn to your left. My project is the one hanging on the left
Really skeletal exhibition set up. Perhaps it is relative to the small amount of time we took to complete the project.
LUMI
Charis Loke, Eugene Soh and Ng Kai Yuan
2017
Virtual Reality Experience
LUMI is an under-utilized robot room assistant. Although LUMI can perform 120 tasks, LUMI’s current user has disabled most of its functions and only uses it to turn the lights on and off.
This virtual reality experience addresses the relation of humans in a not-so distant future living with robot companions who act as extended tools performing our daily tasks. LUMI won the first prize of the South East Asia Hackathon

 

Eugene’s 2 important museum exhibitions of 2014

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!

The Overview Installation at SAM
Visitors navigate a simple maze while watching themselves through a CCTV camera. Third person view for real life!

 

The Overview Installation at SAM
CCTV view that the participants see

 

The Overview Installation at SAM
Wall text describing my work

 

lizard vision
A visitor squatting down to experience the lizard vision goggle.

 

The Overview at SAM
Curious visitors queuing to try my work haha

 

Gallery Sitters at Singapore Art Museum
Me with the gallery sitters who have been taking care of my equipment for the three month duration of the show! Thank you! They had to work the hardest at my piece compared to the other works in the show because they actually had to help visitors with the goggles and explain things to them.

This work went to TV! I think they did a good job documenting it too. 

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Press coverage of the show

 

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.

Eugene Soh Last Kopitiam at The National Museum Icon De Martell 2014
Eugene Soh with his work “The Last Kopitiam” at the National Museum during the Icon De Martell award show

 

The National Museum Icon De Martell 2014
A TV playing the nominee’s interviews on loop. You can watch mine here

 

The Human Caterpillar at The National Museum
The Human Caterpillar (2013), It is not everyday that I get to say that my backside is hanging at the National Museum lol.

 

Singapore National Museum
Works left to right, Monumental Task (2012), Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Singapore (2014) and Venus & Grace (2012)

 

Icon De Martell - National Museum
The night festival crowd

 

Icon De Martell - National Museum
More night fest crowd photos.

 

Icon de Martell 2014 at The National Museum

 

 Okay that’s all! Happy Lunar New Year everyone! 

Mind Palace wins SWSG Mega Hackathon 2018

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!

Back from my break

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

Edible Art Movement - Eugene SohMy work, The Last Kopitiam, was at the Affordable Art Fair 2013, thanks to Nicola Anthony and the Edible Art Movement Team! Thank you, I hear it went very well!

 

2. DUDE.SG in Female Magazine, December Issue

Female Eugene Soh Dawn Ng Chan HampeAlong 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.

Thailand Protests

 

Happy holidays everyone!

Jane Soh as shot by her brother

I made this video last month!
Dedicated to my younger sister, who has been chasing her harp dreams in Boston for three years now.
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