Steve Bull is a mixed-media technology artist and entrepreneur whose practice includes extensive software engineering experience. For the last ten years he has created location-specific narratives and games that explore the social, technological, and creative possibilities of cell phones, however, augmented reality (AR) installations have been his focus since 2011. Bull was recently commissioned by Target to produce a multi-media event with live text messaging, and by the New-York Historical Society to produce a series of “Slavery in New York” cell phone tours on vodcast, podcast and VOIP. Bull is also promoting Cellphonia, a locative-based karaoke opera cued and performed with the cell phone. It has been exhibited at the ISEA Zero One Festival, Eyebeam, Mobility Music in England, ICMC 2010, and E.A.T. Revisited at Stevens Institute in collaboration with Scot Gresham-Lancaster, and funded by NYSCA and Experimental Television Center. His locative based Treasure Hunt has been commissioned by college campuses nationwide; his locative games Hot-n-Cold and Gamepark were finalists for two years of the NAVTEQ Global LBS Challenge. His locative Hollywood USA was a finalist in TeleAtlas' Maps and Apps in 2007. Additional cell phone art was featured at the Gigantic Art Space and for the Peter Stuyvesant's Ghost project. He also wrote a manual on subversive uses of the cellphone for WITNESS, a human rights activist organization. Bull distributes six applications for the cellphone with Orange, Verizon, Cellmania, Airtel, Singtel, iTunes, and recently launched two applications for the iPhone and iPad: AZZA, an art/entertainment app, and EZfollowups, a productivity tool. He also delivered a wireless tour feasibility study for Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park in 2010. In 2005, he produced the still and video design for WET, a multi-media opera that premiered at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater. His single channel videos have been exhibited at The Getty, MoMA, PBS New TV series, the Kitchen, American Film Institute, Mill Valley Film Festival, Berlin Video Festival, Columbus Film Festival, Bucks County Film Festival, Cork Film Festival, Cleveland Film Festival, a ten-city tour in Brazil, and Creative Time.
As a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA), he worked as a 1st Assistant Director for Sam Peckinpah, Stephen Frears, Eric Red, and 2nd Unit Director with Lindsay Anderson on WHAM! In China. His commercial clients include RSA, R. Greenberg & Associates (RGA), and Industrial Light & Magic. After completing NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program in 1997, Bull worked as a senior information architect and prototype designer/developer for Paul Allen at Interval Research. (01/20)