Producer, Artist & AR Cinematographer
Stephen Black’s experiences with spatial computing began in 2002, as creative director for WalkerAsia/Compudia, a $US3.2 million dollar startup that created a 3D game development kit for all ages. Previous to this, Stephen worked as a producer/director/writer for Cartoon Network, Fuji TV, CNN and Fox. Additionally, he has a distinguished career as a visual artist, following a BFA in Photographic Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
From 2017-2019, with Sayuri Okayama, Stephen toured Southeast Asia and southern China: planning an AR-based startup, networking, forming partnerships, developing/aggregating content and researching food, tourism and entrepreneurship. The most exciting discovery of the tour: a “unicorn”; the four legs being AR, SLAM, smartglasses and esports. Also, one of the AR characters created during this time, Bubiko Foodtour, is now completing a book/AR project about Shenzhen, the Silicon Valley of China.
A bestselling author, Stephen’s latest book is Alphabet Spikes, a journal and meditation on unexpectedly becoming a digital nomad during the early years of AR. Other projects of note include SPOKEN, a Unity-based online gallery co-created with Eugene Soh, Beach Road a 360VR movie featured in festivals worldwide, a co-production with Michael Lee for the Singapore Biennale, music/theatre projects with 3how; and Lotus Mountain a 360VR movie now in post-production.