Friday, June 3, 2016

University of Texas San Antonio SL gallery reopening

     On Sunday June 5th at 12 noon SLT The University of Texas will host their first new art show in, I think, three years.  Constructivist Solo has reinvigorated the space with a gallery setting built by Igor Ballyhoo and will host a show of five artists.  With more shows every three months or so.

Bryn Oh
Eupalinos Ugajin
Igor Ballyhoo
Ini Inaka
Rebeca Bashly

And there will be music by d-oo-b


If I recall correctly the very first show they did was in 2009 and was Yoko Ono's Imagine peace tower.  Yoko Ono herself was there and her avatar strangely looked just like her.  I did the next show and it was one called 26 Tines.  Still one of my favorite poems that I wrote.  The machinima is below if you would like to see it.  It's quite dated now but still works I think.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Sim Street Journal article and Windlight Magazine project

Becoming Bryn: Pivotal Works by Bryn Oh

Becoming Bryn: Pivotal Works by Bryn Oh
Review by Eleanor Medier / Liane Sebastian

The above link is to an insightful article written by Eleanor Medier on a few of my works.

And for anyone who has been submitting images for Era Island.. google seems to be deleting some of them (but strangely not all)... just wanted you to know it was not me removing them.

And also!  Windlight Magazine will be doing a retrospective book on my artwork over the years.  It will include images that I provide, but I would also like to open it up for others to send me images you have taken too.  The only stipulation would be that the images show the work as they were intended, meaning using the windlight settings I provided and so on.  The idea for the book is to show my work as I designed them.   Below is a list of all my various exhibits since 2007.. each one will be represented if I can find an image for them.  I have included some machinima to remind what they looked like... the older machinima (at top) are a bit dated as they were my first attempts but you will get the idea.

2007 (Oldest at top current at bottom)

Gashlycrumb Tinies (Arcspace)
Condos in Heaven (Burning Life / University of Kentucky)
7 Backspaces (Immersiva)
Angler Girl (Immersiva)
The Daughter of Gears (IBM)(Black Swan)
Vessel's Dream (Burning Life)
4Jetpacks4 (Caerleon / University of  Massechussets)
Willow (Brooklyn is Watching)(Immersiva)
The Rabbicorn Story (IBM)(Immersiva)
26 Tines (University of Texas)
The World Expo Madrid Pavilion, Shanghai China (three regions supplied by Linden Lab)
“Big Bang” Peter Greenaway project, Warsaw, Poland
Lady Carmagnolle (Immersiva)
Format (Immersiva)
Mayfly (Split Screen)
Avatar Games (LEA)
Rusted Gears (Immersiva)
Box (MetaLEZ)
Anna's Many Murders (Originalia)(Immersiva)
The Path (LEA)
Gretchen and Teddy (Immersiva)
Family Unit (Museo in Comtempori)
Further Along the Path (LEA)
The Cube Project (LEA)
Standby (Immersiva) (Ontario Arts Council new media grant 2011)
Virginia Alone (Immersiva / 17th Biennial of  Cerveira / Santa Fe new media festival)
Imogen and the Pigeons (Ontario Arts Council new media grant 2014)
The Dance of Death (Basel, Switzerland) (Peter Greenaway/Saskia Boddeke)
The Singularity of Kumiko (Ontario Arts Council new media grant 2016) (Immersiva / Art & Algorithms digital festival, Florida)
The Golden age of the Russian Avant-Garde (LEA / Manege Museum Moscow) (Peter Greenaway/Saskia Boddeke)
Lobby Cam (Immersiva)
Inside, (MetaLES exhibition space)
Obedience (LEA / J├╝disches Museum Berlin)
(Peter Greenaway/Saskia Boddeke)
The Gathering (Immersiva)


If you do find images you have done in the past and would like to send them to me then please create a notecard with either the links to Flickr or wherever you have them.. or include the image for me to see in the notecard itself.  Or send me an email Each build might have two or three images to go with it so not everything sent can be included in the magazine.  If something is selected then naturally you will be credited.  Going to finalize it within a few weeks I think.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Mayor of Era Island

So I just became Mayor of Era Island on Google maps.  I am looking for people interested in living there with me.  Need some fishermen, town criers, food venders and things like that.  It's a remote and cold little island in the Northwest passage by Greenland so I will be honest with you.. it won't be easy.  Not as easy as adding your picture anyway.  So if you want to add your avatar to Google maps as living there with me then take a picture of your avatar and write your profession under it like I did above.  Then go here..,-78.2652204,10.13z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x4e0b71705947cf95:0xaac304135e1bde50

Log into your gmail account and on that page in the bottom right you will see some pictures that say "show imagery".  Click on that and add your picture.  It can be our secret little island on google maps where we can live uncomfortably until Google discovers this flaw and removes us.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Rebirth Life Encryption - life mapping

Memory encryption - Imogen and the pigeons
     In Imogen and the pigeons, the first part to Singularity of Kumiko, we first come across the derelict remains of a company called Rebirth Life Encryption who touted a slogan that said "Jesus saved... and so do we!"  They had discovered (or rather the technological singularity discovered) how to copy the entire mind of a person to be stored on a computer.  At this time in my story they didn't yet have a way to embody that memory into something biological.  So people were mapping their minds to a computer for that day when they could be reborn again into a new vessel.  Sadly the world was destroyed, humanity removed, all except this one working computer who had survived the centuries.  The last vestage of a human mind which was being watched over and sung to by a Vera Lynnbot which I wont explain now.  Essentially it was her programming to entertain and that was the only surviving piece of humanity.
Axons and Dendrites
   The Rebirth store provided a service which I am going to talk about in this post.  Just because I find it interesting to imagine.  Some of you may recall that by looking at the only remaining computer that still worked was a name plate for the person's memories that were stored within it.  If you were a good cammer you would have seen the name of Imogen inside there.  Anyway, I am not an expert on this but let me tell you what I have learned and hopefully you will find it interesting too.
     In the human brain, not including the spinal cord, skin, eyes, stomach etc there are 80 billion Neurons.  If you are like me then you no longer remember high school biology... nor what you had for breakfast for that matter.  A Neuron is essentially an electrical device which sends signals.  It is made up of the cell body (soma) an Axon and a set of Dendrites.  The tree like things.  Info is gathered by the Dendrites and the output is the Axon.  A synapse is when the Axon (output) and Dendrites  (input) is close to another Neuron and this allows singals to jump from one to the other... which is communication.   Our vascular system transports blood  which acts as the energy source and allows for the creation of electrical signals.  The Neuron adds up these signals until it reaches a total and then then zap! it emits a pulse.  So you could say that all human behaviour is determined by the sensory and motor electrical signals.  The idea of Rebirth Life encryption is that they have found a way to capture these signals or record them.
     Now how might it be possible to record all this info?  Seems pretty far fetched and it is.  But most scientists don't doubt that brain mapping will happen.  One method would be to genetically modify ourselves so that our neurons give off a dye that fluoresces when they emit the burst.  With this the Neurons activity can be recorded, every Neuron, by using light microscopy.  Then, rather gruesomely, the brain must then be sliced into very thin strips (which they can already do) and digitized using electron microscopy.
     Yet another idea is to genetically modify our Neurons so that they essentially will not just send a pulse but also create a new strand of DNA that acts as a physical recording of what happened just then.  So the brain would store the life of a person within itself, then the process would be about extracting those DNA.  There is another one I read about too but the post is getting kind of long.
     So the idea behind the story is that with the emergence of the Technological Singularity, which is the idea of a computer AI advancing exponentially to the extent that it is far past the collective intellect of the human race, this process of memory mapping was invented one day by the AI along with various other daily inventions.  The AI over time, become less and less concerned with helping humans whose lives have pretty much turned into play, and determines that the human race needs to be removed.  That we are somewhat a destructive parasite.  Anyway that is an insight into one elements that inspired me for the story for Imogen and the Pigeons and the Singularity of Kumiko.  I guess next post should be more about the technological singularity and the background of the society that now exists in this world.  Anyway here is the trailer below.  And if you want to see the full machinima for Imogen and the pigeons you can just click the link.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Singularity of Kumiko

The Singularity of Kumiko returns in a few weeks due to art grant from the Canadian Government as I mentioned in a previous post.  I am building new elements, changing thousands of texture sizes and adding new scripting elements.  Then I will begin making a machinima movie.  Here is the trailer!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Music and art event for ALS

 Tomorrow is the opening of a music and art event to help raise funds and awareness towards a disease called ALS Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis but perhaps better known as Lou Gehrig's disease.  I did not know too much about this disease until my Father got it a few years ago.  I watched my Father slowly deteriorate, but I don't think I ever really believed he would die. 
 It began with the muscles in his foot failing, then it moved up his leg until last year, after falling for the third time, he decided to remain in bed.  My father was a very active man and was always rushing around laughing and causing mischief.   To me he was much like this bird.  Flying, making song and forever on the move until suddenly a string catches its foot.  It gets more and more trapped until eventually all is taken from it.  It is a vile disease that immobilizes the body yet leaves the mind intact.    I would come visit a few times a week and we would laugh and joke and pretend nothing was wrong.  My father now lived in a hospital bed in my parents living room.  My mom sleeping on the couch beside him at night.    There were metal arm bars to each side of his bed and my father would say as I was about to leave after visiting "Oh it's too awkward to hug over these bars lets just shake hands"  I wanted to hug him each time but I didn't because that is what he wanted.  I don't know why I agreed to do this because it was so informal and strange.  I never did hug my father again as, last month, he got pneumonia and died in the night. 

     When my mother called me early in the morning to say my father had died, it was a very  unreal feeling for me.  I could not quite understand that I would never get to speak to my father again, and I replayed the last conversations I had with him, just a day earlier, over in my mind.  I thought about how we had built up a relationship with one another over time, he understood me in ways that many others never have, and I like to think that I knew him in a similar way.  I thought to myself "where does this history or connection that we had go now?"  It is no longer a two way street but instead just memories that I hold alone within myself.  I felt almost as though I needed something physical to remember him by.  This in order to keep what we had alive.  I now think of it in a different way.  I imagine it as though going to a live symphony orchestra, and reveling in the music that we hear.  As the concert passes by and the final note, of the final song, slowly fades away to silence, I am not left with nothing but rather the experience of knowing my father.  And that is what I cherish. 
      The work is simply called "To Dad, love Bryn" and all proceeds from its auction go to  AISLA Onlus.  If you wish to donate, listen to music or bid on this work then here is the slurl.  The event begins tomorrow at 2pm SLT with Lisa Brune performing and will have various musicians and DJs until February 28th when the auction and event closes.  There are three other wonderful artists involved with original artwork you can bid on as well, Mistero Hifeng, Solkide Auer and Kicca Igaly.

 Here is the slurl to the event