Steve Bull

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.

Augmented reality (AR) installations have been a 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 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. 

Blog:

stevebull.blogspot.com

      Code skills:

PHP / MySQL / LINUX

E-mail:

Steve.Bull [at] gmail.com


Junaio (certified AR developer)

Twitter:

@steve_bull


Twilio / Asterisk / VoIP / Csound

Facebook:

facebook.com/steve.bull.393


Android / iOS / node.js / Arduino / Processing

LinkedIn:

linkedin.com/in/stevebull


HTML5 / CSS / JavaScript

Music:

Cellphonia

Media:

35mm/16mm/S8mm/film+still, videographer, MAX/MSP/Jitter

Founder:

Cutlass Inc. (2000)

Production:

FCP, Premier, Photoshop, Adobe Creative Suite, Balsamiq, Sketch

Founder:

PreMinder (2012)

Office / Collaboration:

Google Docs, Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, Git, GitHub, Trello, Asana, Slack

2018

Delegate Open Government Partnership OGP Global Summit Tbilisi, Georgia, July 

Semi-Finalist Applicant, Creative Capital, SKAZZ, July


2017 

Musical Chair at Maker Faire NYC on September 23 & 24.

AEOLUS presented at the Classic Boat Show at 28th Annual East End Maritime Festival.


2016 

Meet the Artists Opening for THE TEAM Lab: Artworks and Experiences on Saturday June 25th from 5 - 6:30 pm of installation Our Town Selfie with homage script to this American classic written by long-time partner Terese Svoboda, Governors Island May 28 - July 25

Our Town Selfie Creative Tech Week April 29 - May8

Dada Digits Dis 100th anniversary of Dada, group performance curated by Hans Tammen at Spectrum February 12, 7pm

Ultrasonics Performing with John Driscoll, Stony Brook, February 4 


2015 

Performing with John Driscoll and Phil Edelstein at Spectrum as part of the Dark Circuits Series hosted by Hans Tammen. 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd floor, New York NY, November 21, 9pm

10 Principles, a neophyte's recall of Burning Man Floyd Memorial Library, Greenport NY, November 8, 3pm 

Citizen of Black Rock City with Community Improvement Association, Burning Man, Aug 28 - Sep 8

Forward Slash Story with Matt Costello and others, Costa Rica, May 15-18

Saturday Night Special: 60x60 Wave Farm Mix listen to Cellphonia: Wavefarm 60 second performance on WGXC 90.7-FM or stream, Saturday March 7, 8-10p

Virtual Regatta racing 3rd leg parallel to 'wet' Volvo Ocean Race, Sanya to Auckland, start February 8

Digital Dawdle with Kathleen Hulser at THATCamp AHA2015, American Historical Association, New School NYC, January 6


2014 

Interactive play reading 9 Ghosts: Love and Death, co-written and co-directed by Steve Bull and Matt Costello, Sniffen Court Theater of the ACC, New York City, December 21

Performance Rainforest IV, Granoff Center Studio 1, Brown University, December 11/12, 3-9pm

"Pet Pals" at ITP Code Poetry Slam, NYU, November 14, 6:30pm

"Cosmic Treadmill" at Hack the Universe, AMNH, github release, November 7-8

Site specific installation Framing the Viewshed: Groundswell, Olana State Historic Site, September 13, 2 - 6pm

Caramoor Rainforest Workshop, Garden of Sonic Delights, July 21-22

Bull sells his beef!, Ogallala Natural Beef Company, Press Release, Farmers Market, Nebraska, July - October

Artists Residency: Transmission Arts, Wave Farm, June 6 - 15

Concert Cellphonia: Wave Farm, WGXC (90.7-FM), June 14


2013 

Hack: Anti-Drone Drone, ITP:NYU Drone Hackathon, October 13

Live Video: Salle multimédia, Conservatoire de musique du Québec, Montréal, Sharp Splinter, October 11

Tech Wizard/MC: Cutlass Treasure Hunt, Northern Arizona University, October 4

Hack The Barbican residency: Hot Ephemerates, London, #HTB2013, Last week of August

Associate Artist to Master Artist Choreographer Victoria Marks, Atlantic Center for the Arts, June-July

AR War of 1812 - Governors Island NYC , New York Electronic Arts Festival (NYEAF), June-July

Roundtable on Determining the Value of Healthcare – A Multi-Stakeholder Perspective, Fordham University, GHIMC, May

Workshop: Annotating the World - - We Need Help! Faculty workshop on using web & social media to post urban observation/research that also serves communities. New School, NYC, April 30

AR installation Please Use Other Door, Swell Sound & Vision at The Firehouse Space, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, April 6

MANOA LO'I The Common presents Bull AR installation at UH to its readers, April 5

Pilot launch Cutter v. Smuggler, Castle Clinton, Battery Park, NYC, April 6

Cellphonia: OurVoice for Contemplative Practices for a Technological Society Conference, April

Cellphonia: Toronto commissoned two month installation for New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA), April - May

Kara-boothie proposal with AR model for Reinventing Payphones Design Challenge NYC

Cellphonia: HUB retool the 4'33 server in support of Scot's performance at Network Music Festival Birmingham UK

Cutter v. Smuggler AR channel funded in part by The New York Council for the Humanities


2012 

Manoa Logic - Interactive sculpture, found materials activated by code of Arduino computer, University of Hawaii, Manoa, Oahu

Junaio certified augmented reality developer

Bogliasco Invisible Presence 50 bust commission for "Villa Dei Pini" augmented reality installation

Albion AR Art Walk group, show, Reiger and Victory Parks - Albion, Michigan 


2011 

AZZA prints for sale in group juried show Art from the iPad Austin Details gallery

WELL? Saturday, Oct. 15 in Show Me Justice Film Festival

Cellphonia 9/11 opening composition in Music After, a marathon concert: 9.11.11

PreMinder selected for Fordham Accelerator for Business (FAB) pre-incubation practicum

Bohemian Girl AR promotion with QR code at Jacob Javits at BEA Expo

Athens Film Festival screens WELL? co-directed with Terese Svoboda

After Delvaux AR 3D object in group show Decollage: Torn Exteriors

Pro Android Media: Developing Graphics, Music, Video, and Rich Media Apps for Smartphones and Tablets Technical Reviewer

Click History: Wherever, Whenever co-author chapter in Creativity and Technology: Social Media, Mobiles and Museums


2010 

Sanctioned Array at WhiteBox presents WELL?

aZza for iPhone/iPad in iTunes store.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park wireless tour feasibility study.

SanctionedArray presents WELL? co-directed with Terese Svoboda

Cellphone Guides Museums, Mobile Devices and Social Media conference

Cellphonia: Blues ICMC 2010: Analogous Interactions (AI) - Installation Opening and Performative Social Activities

Where 2.0 Citizen FYI audience favorite

SuperCollider! performance at ITP

2010 NAVTEQ Global LBS Challenge® Citizen FYI finalist


2009 

aZza - Playhouse animation plays exterior Liberty Hall, Dublin

aZza - Airtel cellphone art release in India

Cellphonia: 4'3" at NIME 2009

Harvestworks Deconstructing the TARGET performance

Hollywood-USA GPS Version Launch

chant4PEACE a social network for activists

iTunes University distributes The New-York Historical Society podcast and vodcast series


2008 

Teen Vogue Fashion University 2008 closing show sponsored by TARGET, cellphone interactive performance

DRENCH video at Urban Screens Melbourne 08 festival, collaborator

Frederick Douglass and Underground Railroad in New York Cellphone/iPhone GPS video series for New-York Historical Society

NCPH 2008 Outstanding Public History Project Award for Slavery in New York series

Cellphonia: Tempo Variabile installation/performance at Steven's Institute of Technology

NAVTEQ LBS Global Challenge Game Park at CTIA Las Vegas

IGDA-NYC: Game Park at Demo Night VII

Treasure Hunt Performances: University of Dubuque, Lafayette College, Delta State University, Fashion Institute of Technology, Stevens Institute of Technology

"Cellphonia: In The News" Creative Interactions The Mobile Music Workshops 2004-2008, University of Applied Arts Vienna, 2008, p. 89


2007 

Hollywood USA - GPS Version TeleAtlas finalist CTIA San Francisco

NIME Installation 2007 Cellphonia: WET, Eyebeam

Finalist voting Cellphonia: Rhizome 2007-2008 commission

Mobilized! Conference at Brooklyn Tech presenting Cellphonia Asterisk code

Top Ten Best Museum and Cultural Podcast 2007 for Legacies: Contemporary Artists Reflect on Slavery, New-York Historical Society

Cellphone tour engine for Cross/Walks: Weaving Fabric Row

Treasure Hunt Performances: Jacksonville University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Lafayette College

Neighborhood Narratives, Instructor at Temple University

Cameraphone Activism Course and Workbook commissioned by Witness.org for Video Advocacy Institute in Montreal


2006 

Cellphonia: San Jose, World premier of Cellphonia opera at ISEA - ZeroOne Festival

Peter Stuyvesant's Ghost, Telephone tours in NYC festival

HOT-n-COLD - Finalist locative game in NAVTEQ Global LBS Challenge

Hidden Scenes of Slavery and Freedom - Locative multi-media wireless tour for New-York Historical Society

Experimental Television Center, Finishing funds for Cellphonia

Mobile Music International, Presents Cellphonia: In The News as Work-in-Progress in Brighton, England

SLEUTH Cellphone GPS Game at Come Out & Play Festival, Eyebeam

Neighborhood Narratives, Instructor at Temple University

"Creating Interactive Fiction" guest lecture at Fordham University

GeoCommunity SpatialNews, Innovative ArcIMS Application Wins LBS Award, April 26, 2006

NYArts Magazine, A Phone is a Phone is a... by Molly Kleiman, January / February 2007

Leonardo eJournal, Locative Media Issue, Volume 4, Issue 03, "Neighorhood Narratives" with Hana Iverson, edited by Drew Hemment, ISSN No: 1071-4391

New York Times, Art review "ISEA ZeroOne in San Jose" by Jori Finkel, August 6, 2006, about Cellphonia: In The News "This will pull people back into the community, as they sing the community story and hear their voice in the community chorus."


2005 

Cellphonia: In The News grant from New York State Council for the Arts (NYSCA)

Creative Capital Foundation Finalist, Cellphonia

WET The Opera 2 hour performance video background for opera at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater), Los Angeles

Monty Python's Spamalot Treasure Hunt author/coder of national first person performance game played on cell phone and cross platform

Bellagio, Italy retreat of Rockefeller Foundation, artist opera team

Institute For The Future Seminar, Future of Pervasive Gaming, Expert Panelist, Palo Alto

Life After Graduation, Speaker, APCA Leadership Workshop

Neighborhood Narratives, Instructor at Temple University

CalArts, School of Film/Video, Visiting Artist / Guest Lecturer

Parsons School of Design and Technology, Seminar Instructor

Pace University, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Visiting Artist

Digital Storytelling Conference presenting "Storytelling in Pervasive Game Space", San Francisco


2004 

Pet-Pals, Cameraphone photo album for all animal lovers to share their pictures on cell phones as well as computer on Verizon Wireless

Franklin Street Locative media real/virtual installation for "Personal Space" exhibition at Gigantic Art Space, New York

Azza, Cellphone Modrian-inspired interactive art generated by algorithms distributed O2 Network in UK, and Handango, Sony Ericsson

Farmwork, Videomaker of time-lapse video at Experimental Media Festival at Tonic, NYC.

Cellphonia, Adjunct Professor, new media course at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP)

"Bridging Digital Divide" Chinatown Technology Center, After school program for Asian Americans for Equality, Curriculum Designer and Instructor

Building a Mobile Revolution, article, Finn Air BlueWings inflight magazine, February 2004


2003 

Hollywood USA, 1st Edition, Cell phone location-based interactive tour of movie locations

Margaret Sanger: A Public Nuisance, Co-Director, Experimental film screened at J. Paul Getty Museum as one of two best examples of experimental biography in the last decade. Video funded by ITVS and distributed by Women Make Movies and the MacArthur Foundation.

Rat Race USA, 1st personalized traffic report sent to your cell phone or wireless PDA

HP Bazaar, presenting Cutlass 1st person performance gaming

Montreal Mirror, review, "Our world and others"

CBS Market Watch, review, "Real-Time Traffic Reporting"

IT, Location-based interactive first person performance game based on the classic Tag United States Patent No. 6,530,841


2002 

TouchToneTours, Instant personal guide self-guided tour guide to connect a traveler via cellphone to the hidden world surrounding them. Adapted as Quirky World for Great Britain and Canada.

New York Times "A Guided Audio Tour of Greenport via Cellphone" Sunday, July 28, 2002, Greenport Cellphone Tour with 88 sites

Suffolk Times "In TouchTone with Greenport," article in weekly newspaper


2001 

01.01.01 Cutlass Treasure Hunt, Extreme tech treasure hunt, internet-driven cellphone street theater for visitors to Times Square where teams hunt the hidden past to find treasure using multiple interactive interfaces. Expanded to college campuses across the U.S.


2000 

CUTLASS Inc, Founder

UBUBU, Creative Director for personalized browser interface taking the form of 3D avatars.


1999 

Experience Museum, User Interaction Designer for Vulcan Northwest

Story Island, Interaction/Prototype Design, interactive storybook developed and built as consultant for Interval Research

Pocket Watch, Artist's personal repurposed watch exhibited as part of "Individual Technology" exhibit in Tech Museum, San Jose. 


1998 

You-In-A-Movie, Movie-Booth/Story/Interaction Designer, built and designed prototype of arcade method to insert a visitor into a feature film, consultant for Interval Research.

Venus - Game Designer of a digital game engine with reward structure based on human behavior research.


1997 

Contract Entertainment User Experience Designer Interval Research Pala Alto CA, June

Master Degree Graduate NYU:ITP Interactive Telecommunication Program, May

Virtual Parlor "Yesterday's Parlor Tricks/Tomorrow's Technology" - 5 physical interface prototypes in a Victorian parlor with DSP network connectivity presenting an alternative computer mediated audio chat and "real" parlor tricks without traditional PC computer, monitor, keyboard and mouse as Thesis NYU:ITP

SOS, Titanic biography on surviving crew member of the historical sea disaster with Shockwave interactive "Practice Morse Code" in which visitors use "dots" and "dash" mouse-click-downs to send "SOS" and other Morse code messages. 

Salome's Revenge, collaborator on a Palace (Warner) site and interactive multi-node narrative where Yorb TV viewers using their touch-tone phones and internet web surfers choose their avatar characters re-enact the classic Salome story in a contemporary setting.


1996 

Summer Job at Interval Research while NYU:ITP Grad Student, Senior User Experience Architect and prototype designer/developer until 1999 on network music project with Laurie Anderson and Peter Gabriel

World, My Heart's Journey, Line Producer of 60 minute documentary on Seiji Ozawa in Tanglewood for Japanese TV.


1995 

Sculpture Bones, Cinematographer for documentary on Mary Ann Unger's sculpture, described by NY Times as "visceral, chilling." 30 minutes

EPA Poisons EPA, Cinematographer for independent documentary screened at MoMA, Free Speech TV, and Superfest.


1994 

Margaret Sanger: A Public Nuisance - Co-Director and Cinematographer of documentary in ITVS first round production. MoMA, Berlin Film Fest, AFI, World Wide Video Fest, New TV/PBS, Getty, Distributed by Women Make Movies and MacArthur Fund.

Rogue Transmissions, Cinematographer for experimental video on media dislocation. Selected for AFI, World Wide Video Festival, Long Beach Museum of Art, Ars Electronica, WNYC "Poetry Spot."


1993 

Experimental Television Center - Artist In Residence

Haiku Vision, Video Artist of 5 video haiku shot in northern Japan. Grand Prize winner, Bucks County Film Festival, experimental prize winner, Atlanta Film Festival. Screened at MoMA, Athens Film Fest, Cork Film Fest, Cleveland Film Fest, Humboldt Film Fest. National tour, tour of NY State and 10 city tour of Brazil. Also Creative Time 42nd St. feature for six months


1992 

Kidnap, Mediamaker. Using family 16mm found footage, documents the story of his mother stealing her two boys from their father at Xmas. Staten Island Museum and The Kitchen. C.A.G.E (1988). Cast Iron TV (1984).


1990 

Hilo Fish Market, Filmmaker, Documentary. A lyrical examination of the daily acivity at the Suisan Fish Market in Hilo cut to the music of Raymond Kane. Hawaii International Film Festival.


1989 

Edward Sylvester Morse, Producer for 90 minute special on American scientist who created the Peabody Museum in Salem. NHK Japanese TV.


1988 

Excavating Harlem in 2290, Co-Director with William Kelly. Sci-Fi Documentary. 28 min. Cast Iron TV.

Horse Trailer UFO, Documentary. 7 min. Cast Iron TV.


1987

Low Earth Orbit Space Farm, Space Manufacturing 6|National Space Society, Conference May 6-9, Princeton


1986 

United States Patent No. 4,792,108, Single Launch Artificial Gravity Space Station

WHAM! in China, 2nd unit Director/lst AD for Lindsay Anderson's five camera rockumentary feature of first rock concert in mainland China.

Komodo, Cinematographer for video on survival of a lizard that eats people. Honorable Mention, American Film/Video Festival, VOICE CHOICE, World Wide Video Festival, L.A.C.E., Artists Space, "Meet the Maker" series at Donnell, Pasadena Art Center, L.A. Freewaves, Belgian Cultural Center and NC Film/Video Festival


1985 

FARMWORK, Filmmaker. 28 min. Evanston Art Center and C.A.G.E. The Kitchen (1987). Cast Iron TV and Palladium (1985).

Three Cities in China, Filmmmaker. Pixilated documentary of the new communist China, 15 min. Palladium. Cast Iron TV (1984)


1984 

Dont' Believe Them, Anarachist video with Sleeping Dog band includes interview with Gary Gimore and post-nuclear bathroom, 28 min. Rough Trade, Dutch East and Cast Iron TV.