How I became an accidental artist – Eugene Soh, TEDx talk Transcript

 

I graduated two years ago from an art school here (Nanyang Technological University). Yes, there is an art school here.

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The Last Kopitiam (2010)

You know like, if someone goes to an art school, you think “Oh, he is going to be an Artist”. That wasn’t the case for NTU. Most of the graduates here end up going a non-artistic kind of route, they become designers or something skill based. I wasn’t any different, I was on track to becoming a programmer, a game programmer, in an arts school. So, how that happened, was because of this picture [The Last Supper image].

I am very glad that I had a lot of free time in NTU. Despite what you think and what art students will say, “Oh they have so many projects, oh this, oh that”. The truth is that we have tonnes of fun [Art school is the funnest school. There was a lot of free time because we could always bullshit our way through assignments that didn’t really interest us and still have a chance at an A.. the “Subjective & Contemporary” kind of assignments.] So, I did this piece in year one, outside of school.

Being open to opportunities

This was in collaboration with Campus Magazine, they are not affiliated with any school, their name is actually called “Campus” and they had a center fold page in the magazine.
They asked me, “Hey Eugene, you are a photographer right?” and I’m like “Yup”. “Do you want to fill it up with your work?” I was a freshman and had this attitude of opening my doors to opportunity, I said yes to everything. I said “Yes” and went to browse my portfolio of photography works.
I wasn’t impressed with myself. it was all like pictures of the shadow of the lamp post on the floor, I thought I was so deep! [Laughter] but those were not suitable for the center fold.

Kinect Boxing – Throw real punches at your friends without actually hurting them!

This is a Kinect Fighting game I made! Kinect Boxing, previously known as Kinect Fighter. I Always thought a fighting game like this was the most obvious use of the Kinect. I was surprised that no one did it this way! My game uses 1 to 1 motion capture to let you fight in whatever way you want – unlike those made by Microsoft where the characters do their own polished animated punch and kicks after it recognizes your punches. In my game, players can fight in their own unique way.

The Collected

Untitled-1collected6The Collected by Eugene Soh, 50cm by 35.3cm, print on archival paper, 2013

The Collected: portraits of collectors aligned and overlaid into one — a collection of collectors.

The Collected by DUDE.SG is a project where the artist, Eugene Soh, photographs and collects the portraits of international collectors who have converged here for Singapore Art Stage 2013.

Below are a few images that were generated during the creation of the final piece above.

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The final piece will be an acrylic sculpture. Here is a 3D diagram.

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The Collected

Eugene Soh at TEDx “THE FUTURE AUDIENCE”

Thanks for having me TEDxYouth@Singapore!

Just some of us spinning around

Thank you Enze Foo, Yeling Goh and Kareen Chin for agreeing to do this nonsense with me in my room on campus. Hope you had a great abdominal workout!!  <3

Eugene’s Brew

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DUDE'S BREW

Eugene brews his own beer. Eugene’s experimental brewery 2010. Eugene’s Brew is also known as Dude’s Brew. The beer is too strong now but the best beer in the world is on its way!