My background, as related to the possibilities of AR, the new cinema/theatre/text-artform/communication business:
- Beach Road, the 360 movie I produced with Hiverlab, was nominated for Best Experimental film at the 2016 VR Fest Las Vegas, and featured at the 2015 Brisbane Film Festival.
-established Book Merah, and have written, published/epublished eight books including one bestseller, i ate tiong bahru.
-worked as creative director for Compudia/Walker Asia, a company doing ahead-of-its-time CG VR (gaming), as well as a platform like Youtube-3 years before Youtube began.
Stephen Black teaching gamemaking in Singapore
- Curated an international assortment of very well known, and unknown artists for a critically well-received virtual gallery called SPOKEN. This was a co-production with Eugene Soh.
-directed and co-produced Kiss, a short film featuring legendary Japanese actress Kumiko Akiyoshi. The four minute film was divided into three segments and shown at a very small size due to the technical limitations of the internet at the time.It received over 3 million views inits first three months of being online.
-Firsts in Singapore: first Singapore-made ebook on Amazon, first Singapore-based Kickstarter project, first piece of edible food art in Singapore, first 360 movie.
-In SPP, an artspace co-produced with Barae, held the Japanese premiere of Wax, a movie by David Blair, which, according to the New York Times, was the first full length movie to be transmitted on the internet.
All of the above situations and projects were "ävante garde",or "cutting edge" or "at the forefront of technology and creativity".
Some were opportunities for art-creation, some were economic opportunities.
Now, of course, it is 2017. Augmented Reality is soon to be making an impact on our lives, just as social media and GPS have.
I am excited and prepared to use my experiences to create in AR.
If anyone is interested in doing something with AR, get in touch. It doesn't matter if your interest is in art or business related. At this moment, the most important thing is to get first-hand experience in the creation of an AR experience. For businesses, this means the international marketing and promotional advantages that come with being a first mover. For those on the creative side, this is the opportunity to work with a new art form.
I have been researching and preparing for a long time and now I want to make something, goshdarnit!