Singapore Artists Exhibit in Amsterdam

The Overview Installation in Amsterdam (Kulter)
CCTV goggles on the left and Lizard goggles on the right
CCTV goggles on the left and Lizard goggles on the right

Just came back from exhibiting in Amsterdam at A-Lab with three other amazing artists, Jacquelyn Soo, Marc Nair and Zul Mahmod. It was a two day exhibition (9th, 10th October) and I had so much fun watching people tackle my maze with my live CCTV goggles on. 

I made a video of my installation. The installation is now known as CCTV goggles; decided to name it what people are already calling it. 

This show was an eye opener for me because it took place in a city where marijuana has been legalized! There is weed everywhere! Viewers of my work were saying it was like being high on cannabis because of the out of body experience it was giving them. They went on to describe their trips and I listened inventively because I never smoked weed before.

Singapore has this law that bans us from trying weed even outside of Singapore (yes, even in Amsterdam). Damn it Singapore….  I guess my CCTV goggles would be the Singaporean way to get high lol

I also brought my lizard goggles there. I reserved it for those who proved themselves worthy in the maze. There were people who adapted really quickly and breezed pass the maze and there were a rare few who got stuck and gave up. 

Huge thanks to Stephane Blokhuis for helping us put the show together in Amsterdam – she got busy early this year sourcing for venues in Amsterdam while the rest of us were looking for funding. Speaking of which – thank you National Arts Council (NAC), Singapore International Foundation (SIF) and generous Indiegogo backers for supporting us!

ENCOUNTER: Sea+ Triennale 2016 at National Gallery Indonesia

My Sunday Afternoon piece is hanging at Galeri Nasional Indonesia (National Gallery Indonesia) as part of their second Sea+ Triennale, ENCOUNTER: Art from Different Lands! The exhibition runs from 18th October to 10th November 2016 – so it is closing soon! (or if you are reading this later, already closed!) Don’t worry though, because I made a 360 walk-though video of the entire exhibition!

42 individual artists and 2 art duos were showing, mostly Indonesian artists. 33 Indonesian, 13 International. I was the only one from Singapore! #SgRepresent

The show was fun, one of the works is a video projection on a floor of the artist giving a lecture to dead people lol. 
The show was fun, one of the works is a video projection on a floor of the artist giving a lecture to dead people lol. (Photo from press release)

I shall tell the rest of the story with my photos, not very good photos though because my Samsung Note7 was banned on the flight to Jakarta. Samsung compensated me with a shitty Samsung Galaxy J Ace. Most of these photos were taken with my mum’s Note5. Photo quality still shys in comparison to the legendary exploding note7.

My work at the Sea+ Triennale in Jakarta
My recreation of Georges Seurat’s Sunday Afternoon at the Sea+ Triennale in Jakarta
Badrolhisham Tahir, Eugene Soh, Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich at Zoe and Neil's Inflatable Love Tank
Badrolhisham Tahir, Eugene Soh, Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich at Zoe and Neil’s Inflatable Love Tank

Old Supreme Court: A Historic Virtual Tour (App)

Old Supreme Court Virtual Tour

zaobao took a really good picture of me. I mean the shot itself is technically difficult with the bright background, dark interior and reflective screen brightness. Impressed!

8 months of going to The Supreme Court that security thought I was being sued or smth lolol. My ‘sentencing’ was read by Chief Justice Sundaresh on Tuesday and it was in praise! Surreal!
Take a tour of the National Gallery building before it opens here -> Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id985981806
or Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=sg.dude.OldSupremeCourt

Dancing Doodles: PAssion Arts Fest at Bishan Park

Dancing Doodles is a live motion capture dance installation that I made in collaboration with 150 kindergartners! It was exhibited at the PAssion Arts Fest at Bishan Ang Moh Kio Park for 2 days on the 1st and 2nd of July 2017.

Characters are drawn by kindergartners 5 & 6 years old and are animated via motion capture from an Xbox One Kinect. I made this with Unity.

Dancing Doodles was also known as “My Avatar” at the event.

The children’s original drawings hanging on the side of the booth
The dance installation. Where the kids would control their drawings by standing in front of the screen and dancing.
The drawing workshops conducted by Nat Wee where the kids drew characters for the installation. I was there making sure they were using my template correctly
Lee Hsien Long was there!

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

 

$10,000 in one week – Thank you to all contributors who helped Kareen!

The New Paper, 4th November 2013

A big thank you to all who contributed on Stay Strong, this post is dedicated to you! (Your names are below!) Kareen and I are deeply touched by the generous support you have shown us. You have helped to pay for Kareen’s medical expenses with excess to be donated to The Lupus Association of Singapore! Your kindness has been picked up by the local press and I am proud to share the article with you.

The New Paper, 4th November 2013
The New Paper, 4th November 2013
Pages 2 & 3
The New Paper, Pages 2 & 3 (Click to enlarge)

The New Paper has done a good job in raising Lupus awareness with this article. An incurable disease a handful of people suffer from – 99% of lupus patients are female. I am very encouraged, both as an artist and a person, to see my work actually helping someone I love so much.

*UPDATE* Lian He Wan Bao, shared our story too!

Lian He Wan Bao, 4th November 2013 (Click to enlarge)
Lian He Wan Bao, 4th November 2013 (Click to enlarge)

Kareen’s personal facebook status.

Kareen thanks you!
Kareen thanks you!

Our love goes out to all contributors:

Singapore Poly DAC 02 Classmates & Lecturers, Class of 2011, for $1,050, ACJC Scones, Class of 2007, for $860, Boon Lim for $500, Janiah Wong for $500, Xavier Soh & Yeo Shu Qin for $500