While you’re getting busy creating work for our augmented reality brief in partnership with Spark AR, there are some seasoned 3D artists doing some jaw-dropping work in the world of AR and VR. We’re highlighting some of our favorite creators for your inspiration, celebration, and general support and applause.

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley

In and outside the digital sphere, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley is one of the most exciting contemporary artists on the rise. Their practice seeks to archive the black trans experience and, according to Brathwaite-Shirley, uses “technology to imagine our lives in environments that center our bodies.” A really standout piece of theirs is “pirating blackness,” which takes a videogame format, and the blacktransarchive.com which seeks to “immoralise” the histories of Black trans folk.

Ayesha Tan Jones 

Within their creative practice, Ayesha Tan Jones creates with an eco-conscious and mythical outlook, often using storytelling, the digital image, and video to think more sustainably. Their latest creation, in collaboration with HerVisions, ‘Based on Tree Story’, is a site-specific, sonic augmented reality encounter with a digital tree sprite that tells tales of the tree’s past, present, and future. You can check this piece out in Finsbury Park too, or find more out about what they will be performing next on their Instagram.

Kumbirai Makumbe

When we saw their piece, “It Was A Mix of Things”, we were really blown away by the work that was commissioned by Arbyte. The work blends 3D works with sound design and PVC prints to consider the theme of ascension. For Dazed, Makumbe also made gorgeous otherworldly figures to illustrate celebrated stage designer’s, ES Devlin, words. Excited to see more of what they have up their sleeve!

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4. Scumboy

Previously, we had the pleasure of writing a feature on the work of the wonderful Scumboy. Their work often plays with ideas of gender and they provided us with this insight onto the link between their trans-identity and their wider creative practice.

For many trans people and people who like to experiment, real-life can pose such intense problems. With the worlds we create and through our online presence, it helps take away the anxiety of wondering whether you’re going to be safe and whether your life is at risk. So, I see it as a safer space. Straight up, it isn’t a hundred per cent secure. But, it is a lot easier to experiment. In my opinion, these spaces are so much more welcoming than real life. I think you can put anything out there and be like, this is me. More often than not, people will engage with it and respect it, especially if you create a space with your peers who respect and appreciate you. I am all about creating spaces to feel safe and can experiment. However, this is me talking as a white person, and my privilege affords me freedoms that my Black trans contemporaries are not.

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