Internet A & Culture final project – Telepathic Stroll

Project Summary

We wanted to explore the connections between each live stream and the fun possibility that we can create! Since our final project will be presented on the grid wall, we decided to build our whole concept revolving the idea of the grid wall and the potential of viewing all four live streams at the same time to create a piece much greater than each individual stream. Exploring the idea of third space and synchronising one and other. It involves interaction, cross streams, planning, coordination and a lot of teamwork in this project.

We start off at different location and moving to meet each other at the same pace where we play with the visual effects of filming. From synchronised games, face connection to various streaming ideas are thoughtfully planned, hope to explore different ways of live streaming.


In this project, I would say our group are very on to all the experimental ideas! We work very well together as a group and each of us would take up some portion to even up the workload. Every meeting was a fruitful one where we came together to settle our main directions and what we should do next. Ideas are also build upon each other which I feel this project is a mixture and combination of one another’s ideas. Yet, we still have a key roles in our group, such as Zi Feng is very practical so he would set up the timeline, Makoto is very resourceful he is in charge of the scouting and checking the weather forecast, Bao is a more hands on person he is in charge of the flow of action. As for myself I am in change on the coordination such as taking notes down for our flow of ideas so our group has a clearer image of what are being discussed and what are the ideas that cannot work. I would also help to source for material that is needed in the broadcast and prepare them before our live stream.

When we was building our ideas on final project, there was once did not meet the requirement of the live streaming together. We actually panic for awhile and we went outside to discuss about new ideas. In the mist of discussion we all just throw out our ideas and I was having this idea of taking different public transport such as using MRT, Buses, cycle and walking to meet at a point. After this was raise up, more ideas begin to flow in like Bao suggested streaming panorama when we are meeting, Makoto suggested the combination of the faces and Zi Feng suggested the swapping of devices.  We wanted to explore what we can do with social broadcasting and the visual effect that we can create.

Our final project are inspire by main 2 artist and 1 video. First was our adobe connect experience where we tried to make our hands connected to each other. The visually was amusing and fun to look at!

credit: Ong Zi Feng

While next is the public communication art “Hole in space”. I really appreciate the live performance that involved two ways interaction at different locations. Lastly was this music video from our research:

We are inspire by the transition effect then how it can link up the third space together visually. Therefore, we are curious about how we can still interact at different location but still connected in the third space!

With the paste live broadcast experience, we also learn that rehearsal is important in this very complex final project. My previous post talk about our rehearsal in ADM.

We also fix a time to sit down and talk about the flow again so to make sure everybody is on the same page and knows what to do at the correct time. Our key to achieve the synchronise live broadcast was the rhythmic tempo that Zi Feng created and we will walk with the tempo with instruction provided. However we are afraid that there is different frame per second that will result a faster or slower video.

Beforehand we tested the live streaming for about 2 min and play it together at the same time to see if there is major differences. Bao and Zi Feng already done it with their telematic stroll and from this rehearsal we can conclude that there is no major difference.

We started off at a different location at Botanic Garden and start to en route  towards the meeting point. Although we have plans but there is still unpredictable situations which reminds me of what Alise Iborg from Second Front said:

Also, many times, it’s the surprises and unintended actions that make the work really come alive!

The weather forecast for the week are mostly raining days. In the morning of the broadcasting day was sunny and suddenly being to rain in the afternoon. We decided to go with it with the wet weather and even you can hear the raining background sound playing.  Which I find it that very interesting when the rain was not clearly shown in the stream. The unpredictable situations makes the live broadcast even more real and alive!


We also tired live scissor paper stone, Zi Feng and Bao was counting the score.

The exploration of combining our faces while not knowing what our friends ar broadcasting was a fun and intriguing experience.

We also take advantage of the multiple live stream to play we perspective. Changing the point of view and also reflective streaming creates a broader view for the viewers.

Another interesting factor in our live broadcast was the panorama live streaming! We are probably the first ever live combination of panorama live streaming in the world!!! 🙂

In conclusion, this project turn out fruitful as our team mates did well in our individual roles! I have learn a lot during this process and about the possibility that would happen during the actual life stream should letting the nature takes it course that reflect the realness in live streaming. There is many approach we can take to explore the concept of social broadcasting. With our project “Telematic Stroll” explore the area where all of us start streaming at different location while synchronise together as a whole. This live streaming performance was to be seen in a piece to enjoy the whole visual experience.

Telematic Stroll

Coincidentally, Makoto lives in the North-East while I stay in the west area. We started discussing by understanding each other’s area and decide to start from our block and end at hawker centre. Hawker centre is just like a centre point of each neighbourhood, it involved basic daily activity where we would get our daily products and food around the hawker centre area. We though that it would be interesting to juxtaposition and comparison.

Our plan of flow:
1. Start from 9th floor and showing the view outside.
2. Start walking from the long corridor to the end
3. Take stairs down to 5th floor
4. Start walking again to another end
5. Take stairs down to ground level and walk towards hawker center
6. Reached hawker centre and buy drinks together
7. Grab our lunch together
8. Mission accomplish!

In this telematic stroll is a journey between us going to grab our lunch. We started our stroll from the same level 9 on a HDB block, showing the our view first.

Makoto’s view from 9th floor in the Eastside.
My view from 9th floor in the westside.

We was actually quite nervous when we was about to go live. We run through again for our plan and here we go!

Indeed there was quite a few differences we spotted, Makoto’s block has a more angular shape while my block has a more rounded shape.

It is also bizarre that we are on the same level but in different place, like same same but different yet we was connected through the live stream.

One of the things I find it fascinating is the object that people place outside their corridors. Most of them are plantations, some are waste and they even dry their clothes outside. This reflected their trust in this neighbourhood to place their personal item which personally I don’t have this habit.

In comparison, I feel Makoto’s neighbours are more organise, lesser bulky object are placed outside in the corridor many are just plants. While my neighbours place many kinds of things like even mahjong table or boxes.

So when we though that our plan went smoothly, my side got delay. We initially wanted to talk to the seller but everything happen too quickly and there was a queue after me so end up I didn’t try to tell them we was on live.

It also interesting how different they place their item outside their stalls. Probably on Makoto’s side there is more demand on the tissue and lighters while for my side the sugar cane juice was in demand. They also dress in blue uniforms even though they are just a drink stall.

So we brought our usual drink together in different location. Next we need to buy for our lunch and unexpected situation came up. As I am vegetarian so there is only a few stalls selling vegetarian food. The usual stall then I like had finish selling their food and other 2 stalls are closed. OMG I panic a few moment.

Meanwhile in the east side their lunch time seems normal while in the west side it was crowded. Probably the east side people have a different lunch timing.

So I manage to found the one and only left vegetarian stall! We ordered our food together and Makoto manage to let the seller know that we was life streaming! She asked a few questions and seems like she was okay being on live too!

Another interesting factor was that my brother actually found me through my live stream! LOL. We was to meet in this hawker after my live stream but he could contact me cause I have switch to do not disturb mode. I was really amazed when he walk over to where I am.

In overall, I really like the advantage of combine streaming. You know that there is someone doing the same thing as you makes your journey to buy lunch differently! The feelings is funny just like we are going buy lunch together in school although we are in a separated location. Another point was that although Singapore is small but people staying in the East and West a slight difference from each other. From the object we have seen outside their corridor to their eating habits. So we have completed our mission!

Research Critique: Virtual “field trip” Second Front Interview on Networked Conversations

In the Second Front interview, many interesting question has been raise and discussed. There were also small amusing moment where Prof Randall suddenly disconnected due to the programme has crash, Second Front said that

Wherever we go, something would crash!

They said that in a funny way which I feel they are used to the crashing experiences working with the programmes. They seems very positive about facing problem like this and still having fun which personally I like the vibe.

It was really fascinating to know their back story about their avatars and how they came about. Bibbe leave me with deep impression that she grew up reading cartoons and aspire to be one! When Second Life makes her dreams came true being a character herself! I realise that all of the avatars they created has a common point, they created something that they have connection with. No matter it is inspire from their childhood like Bibbe or Patrick Lichty, having a form similar to Andy Warhol or Liz Solo, a virtual puppet of herself, there is a form of connection between the avatar and the user.

There is another interesting question raise was, what is the relationship of your real life character and your second life character. Again, Bibbe surprise me with her reply “Confuse”. She further elaborate about herself as a performer has personality disorder, through the character she could set herself lose. The main point she say was:

It is the world with emotions and thoughts.

Second Life is already part of her life where she can find a getaway for her emotions.

The discussion on how Second Life takes into account of audience participating Liz Solo talks about when they have audience things would become unpredictable however it can be interaction between artist or adding spontaneity to the performance art. She mention that the essence of this performance art was responsive which is something new to me. In relate to any other art piece or performance art many are not as responsive as what Second Front has done. In Second Front’s performance art they could make decision to create or act differently even if they are the audience. As a result it created the spontaneity, something that cannot be planned.

Another point that was interesting about this performance art was it was done without the body. Like Patrick Lichty has mention the usual performance art was about the body and usual audience seating arrangement. Yet Second Front break off the traditional performance combining it not only with the audience but in third space. They make me wonder what else we can do in the third space together? Probably in the next few years dramas or movie can be film in the third space where both party does not located at the same location.

In overall, the interview of Second Front were very inspiring. Getting to know the first hand knowledge from the artiest and understand deeper of their perspective and what they have learn has even help them in real life. I am also looking forward on how their unique performance art would evolve into different forms of performance.

Final Project Rehearsal

We first discussed about how we should be doing the actual thing and details about our positioning. At first we wanted to film at the open area in ADM, however we realise that some of us will be backlighting as a result a dark video. So we decided to move out of indoor since we should test it out the real situation outside!

Posted by Su Hwee Lim on Tuesday, 24 October 2017

This was the first very not in sync video where we still quite confuse when we should move our face in. We came up with a plan of counting together and define when will we our turn to shift our face in.

Posted by Su Hwee Lim on Tuesday, 24 October 2017

We have tired 2 type of exchanging the face via live streams, exchanging of cameras and also moving with it. These are the important factors in our final live streaming. We also figure out some ways to make a smoother passing within ourselves!

So for the effect we will need the wall so that we can see the combination effects and how we can improve on it! We are excited for it! 🙂

Research Critique Hyperessay – Second Front

Second Front has it first performance art in 2006 “Breaking News” on the online virtual world of Second Life. The group include 7 members that comes from all around the world. Their performance was showcased in galleries and museums while the artiest would perform remotely which I find it very interesting! All of them would perform together at the third space, exploring new and different environment using code-based interventions in their performance.

In the interview with Second Front, Great Escape aka Scott Kildall mention that

Second Life offers a unique space for performance. Without the normal constraints of the body ― the usual center of performance – and without a traditional audience, we can try and do things that have been previously thought to be impossible.

I agree that Second Life offers a unique space for the performers without body constraints. It become a free for imagination and can create  different kind of things that you would never do it in real life.

For example, they could just change their outlook before they wanted to rob the bank! Or even having purple skin and fire out of the hair which is something that does not exist in real world. I really like that our choices are reversible in Second Life, which is why GREAT ESCAPE mention that body without constrains. In real work, when we make changes to our body such as plastic surgery or even scares would stay permanently. Yet, in Second life we can make changes without any hold back because it is reversible! I find this is the reason why the artist can go wild with their imagination and explore the possibilities.

The fact that everything can be customizable in Second Life as well as the fact that just about any object can be wearable enhances my personal impression that performance art is the most “authentic” medium of Second Life in that Greenbergian sense.


Indeed it is an authentic performance which you can customise everything such as context, appearance and what you always want to do. I particularly like their The Absolutely Last (and final) Supper!

Their caption was “This mini-performance is based on da Vinci’s Last Supper. Someone gave us some bad fish and we all got sick..”. I though it was quite funny that they reenact the painting from Leonardo da Vinci “The Last Supper”. This parody totally provide a different experience as they performed the scene with action with content. So they ate the bad fish and they start to get discomfort some even jump on top of the table to vomit blood vigorously. I don’t know why but I really find it amusing.

Situation like this would not happen in real life. Even if we wanted to mimic exactly what it looks like in the painting, we would need time, money and resource to do so. Yet in Second Life, objects and environment can be created with lesser constrains. More freedom are given to the artist to play with the variables to create interesting visual surprises.

Also, many times, it’s the surprises and unintended actions that make the work really come alive!


To conclude, I really like how Second Front making use of the advantage of Second Life and created a platform for them and also the audience. I believe they would inspire people to be adventurous in the virtual world from the things they have done. They also bring life to the whole reenact of the famous painting The last supper performance. Second Life provides this unique platform for artist to explore and create possibilities without having and body constrain as limitation. All artist from all over the world of Second Front are connected together in this third space to perform their authentic performance taking us through a unique journey with them.


Co-Broardcasting Reflection

Posted by Su Hwee Lim on Thursday, 12 October 2017

In our first co-broadcasting we are trying the function of combing the both live streams. It was quite easy to use as we just need to invite the person and when they agree we can stream together.

The timing of both cross streaming was quite in sync when we can literally communication to each other. This provides us with the advantage of communication in real time without using other applications.

We are also curious how many people can be added into the live stream, however it only allows 2 people. We was trying to add Joan in to it but we failed to do so.

We also find it quite interesting to play with the view point of high angle and low angle where placing it side by side. It reminds me of our first broadcast when we place all of them in a grid.

I really like how both camera can uses angle to interact with each other. It sorts of added funny factor into the streaming.

Costream test 2 Su Hwee Lim

Posted by ZiFeng Ong on Wednesday, 18 October 2017

So we did another one that was more of a trial for our project taking the advantage of the co-broadcasting. We had plan some actions such as combining the face and try to sync together with our expression.

It was quite fun actually when both of us manage to do it. The result give a bizarre feeling, probably if we would take note of the environment lighting and make our skin tone look similar it will be more unusual.

We also try taking off our glasses together and see how the effect was like. I feel it turns out pretty cool although we have a different glasses.

Passing the object as much easier, however we need to note that we must coordinate properly in order not to expose ourselves. One of the most interesting one was:

When Makoto suggested us to do the side profile and we turn to make it look coordinated. It looks really interesting to me which something we can take note and contribute to our final projects.

From the whole process, we can take advantage on the real time communication and help each other to coordinate together. As for final project we might also need to think about we are broadcasting with 4 or 3 people when one of us can be the coordinator to help us with the broadcast. I have got ideas such as using the common object to use as the passing item and we would have it at both broadcasting locations. Also we could play scissor paper stone with the one next to us, however for 4 streamer would be quite hard to achieve.

Research Critique Hyperessay – Jennicam

Jennifer Ringley started off Jennicam when she stumble upon the new technology webcam and wanted to try and challenge herself on the programming skills in 1996. Jennicam originally it was only for her family and friends and suddenly it when viral when one of the Australian news wrote an article about the website.

Her webcam would take a photo of her bed room every 15 min and automatically post it on her website. One of the things I am really amazed was her openness about publicly broadcast her private life even when she was changing or having intimacy with her partner. However, she was portraying her real life in real just like how she would react in real life. What I mean was nowadays, the celebrity who was on frame and off the frame would act differently or not as what we have seen. Even us, we indeed have a certain image that we want others to perceive.

Jennifer also mention that:

“I’m not going to deny that there is a certain amount of insecurity that goes along with being 19 years old. It’s natural to be seeking approval, but I also tried not to listen too hard to the feedback that was either really good or really bad.

It really do matter to me how people would say about me even though I know we should just being ourselves. I agree with Jennifer way of doing, tired not to listen too hard to the feedbacks because I am the only one who know what are the things I wanted to achieve. She also mention one of the reason why she has stopped broadcasting in a podcast interview was she felt she was exhausted and she develop thick skins for good stuff and bad stuff. She still wants to connect with people and not to distrust strangers. From this I feel that she has reach the extreme point where she had received lots of comment either good or bad. In order to protect herself she in turn subjectively look at these criticism, which this protective layers prevents her to get connected with others and having this distrust.

One of the interesting points she mention in the interview was there is this guy who feel like a loser when he was doing his laundry at home emailed her that he felt better that someone was doing exactly the same thing as him as she is so popular. Jennifer finds is comforting that she was showing someone that is okay to just being themselves. Which this bring me to think about the host from Letterman’s late show said about how people feeling lonely and desperate might be the reason why they wanted to see someone’s life taking place. This kept me thinking if technology really are the one that creates the barrier between us when this problem already happen way before when social media became popular. However I really like the aspect that through this platform someone felt better after he know that actually we are all the same as human.

In overall, Jennifer giving up her privacy at a very young age to a point where she develop thick skin or even has problem connecting with people. In the podcast interview she also mention about the danger of living in public the way we do now when the public would usually over react to the things that is posted. Yet another aspect of it brings comfort to people when Jennifer was broadcasting her real mundane life. Jennicam also reflects the differences of how she put up her real life during the early days if internet and how the current society only portray the good stuff in our social media. There are various of reasons of why and how we crafted the image but most importantly we shouldn’t have expectation or definition of what success are based on what others has posted as that was just a small portion of their life.


Cross Stream Broadcast – Actual

When I was the mobile streamer


Internet Art and Culture Class

Posted by Nicholas Makoto on Thursday, 21 September 2017

Nicholas Makoto our safari theme live stream

Posted by Su Hwee Lim on Thursday, 21 September 2017


Cross stream broadcast was a collaboration with my classmate Makoto. We wanted to explore the possibility of Facebook Live using filters that can help to enhance our ADM safari’s idea. While combining with OBS, such as overlaying the animal gif and small photos to further emphasis on the theme.

We also designed the interface in OBS to make it looks like nature documentaries with showing unique information about each specie such as rabbits in ADM likes to eat KFC coleslaw or ADM student love cup noodles. Those information are plan to be nonsensical but some times is the facts of ADM student life.

On the actual cross streaming, we was lucky that there are still people around in school to appear in our streaming. I was quite overwhelmed and surprise by their respond as this was a unplanned streaming, they all reacted very well. Additionally, some even start to talk naturally along with the safari theme or even wanted to find a english name through the broadcast! From there we can see how technology are highly involved in our lives through their reaction to live broadcasting. Moreover, because there is a mutual trust between my friends and I that makes them willing to stream with me else they might think that I am a crazy person.

The filters actually created a lot interest in them that helps me to start a conversation. They are also interested in the other filters while we all play along with it. Similarly, it reminded me how I always play with the snapchat filters that just look amusing and fascinating.

The added filters created a funny or silly videos that can videoed by anybody and can be relate by everybody. It has become a culture in youths to video down their daily life that sometimes can brighten up each other day.

Another experience I had was some of my friends are watching me going live! Some they commented on the live which I did interact with them. The feeling actually feel kind of weird because I was interacting with them but I cannot see them. It feels a bit uncomfortable as there was no assurance or feedback that they can hear me. The only way was by keep commenting on Facebook.


When Makoto is the mobile streamer

Posted by Su Hwee Lim on Thursday, 21 September 2017

When it was my turn to control OBS, I was actually quite nervous. There are many things need to take note before we go on live stream. We would double check everything before we are ready to go live! At first I was panicking with the layers and captions as I need to be quick to react on which filter did Makoto chosen and show the layers accordingly.

After awhile I also found out using the on and offing the layers can make the words appearing flashing to help to inform the viewers of what we are doing. Therefore, just in case there is someone who just open up our live stream have higher chances of staying until they decide to move on.

In overall experience was quite stressful to me as we are not sure what we will face during our journey around ADM safari. Yet I do really enjoy process as I get to try out both screen broadcasting and mobile broadcasting. Mobile broadcasting was more interesting to me because I get to interact with people which was once my biggest worries they would reject being on live. However from the live experience, they become my biggest saviours as they are really open about getting on live with me. Screen broadcasting was quite stressful to me where some impromptu changes must be made in seconds. I feel Makoto has done a really great job, he is fast in typing and able to adapt to changes from my live streaming! The cross stream broadcasting not only deepen my understanding of what cross streams can achieve and also interesting how we human are comfortable in front of camera.

The cross stream can be viewed at:

Hyperessay #1: Concepts in Social Broadcasting

The past 6 weeks was my first few experience to try and learn about social broadcasting which something I would never try in my life. I appreciate what we are taught were put into use for our micro projects which really work for hands on person like me. From those projects, helps me to understand the concepts better as well as myself.

From the first Real Time Aggregation project brought interest in me as I found out how camera would brings human relationship closer.

The language of media is everybody’s language.

I feel no matter you are watching’s people live steaming or with the person who is live streaming, it breaks down the barrier we had. At a very least we would gain more impression about that person and that makes a step closer between you and the person who is doing the streaming. Also, I felt the reason why we get friendlier when we are live streaming was due to our upbringing concept of being in front of camera you must smile. There is a natural reaction that we portray when we face the camera.

After knowing Videofreex, I admired how they explore different ways to film which becoming the first to live broadcasting. They inspired me to explore ways to live stream my Video double just like they build the system to makes live broadcast possible.

So, in my video double I added handmade logos to make everything more personal and real which I felt it fits the theme. In the video they also mention about:

It is important to go there where history are being made

This also encouraged me to live the moment while I was broadcasting for my projects because we are also making our own history! So just enjoy the process and everything will be fine.

Each live we stream are also unique where things or incident cannot be undo or repeated which makes it more precious. Especially in live streams there are things are unpredictable in fact out of our control.

I was stuck somewhere in between when I try to make a perfect roll on ground. The sound was even recorded. lol

Just like how it happen during my video double and Desktop Mise-en-Scene. Although there are flaws, but it portray a more natural real live instead of a staged sequence. The research for Jon Cates brought this realisation further. He focus on the raw imperfection of glitch that was consider breaking the rule to creates a new aesthetic.

…openUp possibilities, potentialities for ppl, as well as for myself

Indeed his glitch form of art reflect on the current society where we are obsessed with perfection. What is wrong with imperfection right? Also, we become too occupied and serious that we forget to play and explore the possibility. Usually we tend to stay on the safe side but dare not to do things that are out of the norm. Perhaps we are conscious of how people would look at us, especially during live streaming. However from all the artist we have came across during this module, they believe in themselves and their ideas to create unconventional art piece. In which motivated me to explore more incorporate what was interesting to me to the work I created. Likewise, is more important to look into ourselves instead of what others view us and enjoy the process of broadcasting.

Just nice that we had the OBS project where I could incorporate what I had learn, explore and play! In OBS there is a lot interesting effects and function that interest me such as overlay effect and sliding movement which I selected was my favourite.

I also like how Jon Cates created Bold3RRR in the constant changing images that would keep me curious so I added the similar object in my Desktop Mise-en-Scene to keep my viewer interested. I also found a way to slowly trust my ideas better. Starting from exploring, giving myself many options and exposure. Then I would select and remain certain things that helps me to narrow down which give me a clearer direction of what I want to go for.


Internet Art and Culture Class

Posted by Nicholas Makoto on Thursday, 21 September 2017

In the cross stream broadcasting project, Makoto and I wanted to explore the transition effect, filter effect combining with OBS layers. The videos are live stream simultaneously and with live captions just like a documentary series but a LIVE version.

The live captions.

When both video was played at the same time side by side, the visual feels like an unfinished art while another was a polished version. I also notice my eye will be sway between the both videos. While broadcasting, the interactions with my friends are also easier as introducing them the filters and projects help me to break the ice with them. Some really surprise me as I don’t really know them and they even says things about safari to contribute to our theme!

In current society as technology has advance people are more open about being in front of camera live as compare to how people takes time to react in the project “Hole in space”. Being on screen has become part of our lives whether in the real, virtual or third space. Nevertheless, many people are familiar with the technology just by using is as a normal camera but yet there is rooms for exploration such as the filters effect and OBS.

There is also come interaction between my friends who they commented on the videos. Which makes me feel that even though we don’t contact frequently they still can know and participate in my live stream.

In conclusion, social broadcasting are a platform for us to communicate to the world or certain targeted audience through different mediums. Where it creates more interaction between humans and it can communicate emotions, providing us with accessibility to our friends whom we have not meet for decades.

When we can no longer separate the real and the virtual (the post real), when the third space is just the way things are, well, that in sum is the current state of evolution.

We are connected through social media or even the third space just like what we did from adobe connect. With collaborative streaming such as my cross stream with Makoto can be added with effects for instance, live caption helped to enhance the impact to the viewers. Furthermore, the biggest advantage of social broadcasting is it allows two ways communication when my friend can communicate to me using their keyboards. Thus, regardless of location, culture, time differences we are connect through this third space.

The cross streaming can be viewed at: