Check out the article in the Boston Metro for VisSom2

Check it out! I got my event in the Boston Metro.

Not only was the event a hit, but I think we did something magical there. We brought in all types of visual art. We projection mapped most of the gym, we had analog oil colors on one of the walls, a custom designed interactive wall that you could “paint” on with your smartphone, and even a (world debute) custom VR setup that allows 2 people in the same VR environment. It was quite a time.

We spent a lot of time on this event. We were there all day Friday and most of the day Saturday just getting ready and setting up. When the event started we ended up having so much power pumping through from the projections that we blew the entire power grid in the building….5 times? Eventually we got that sorted and the event was off.

Next door we had a live music jam by Mmmmaven and several of my talented musician friends.

We packed the house on both sides and I think it was a hit. For now check out some of the pictures below and the album linked here.

Visualize Somerville 2

Visualize Somerville 2

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VisSom2 funded, Vj for 3LAU, Cityfox

What wild ride!

I just completed my Kickstarter for my event, Visualize Somerville 2. It got fully funded, which is amazing. Last minute pledges came in and really pushed it past the threshold at the 11th hour. I can certainly tell you, Kickstarters are very stressful. The pledges, as I researched, are like “U”. They start strong with all your friends and family pledging and helping you along. Then there is this long stretch where you get barely any, but you keep having to post post post about the event. That is a very hard time to deal. It seems every post produced 1 or 2 pledges, and I just felt like I was beating a dead horse! Especially with Facebook being harder to reach a crowd now… It was a hair raising few weeks. Onward though, as we got funded, now I have to get all sorts of gear, projectors, access points, the works. This is a big event and has a lot of moving parts. Some are not in my control, and that is scary too. This is also my MLA Capstone project (replaces a Thesis), at Harvard Extension, so I figured go big with it!

Next up is this:

3LAU

A VJ friend of mine just dropped a huge gig on my lap, VJ for 3LAU in Virginia this Friday! Whoa. I am getting flown there, play the show, and flown out Saturday morning to NYC. Why NYC? Because there is another Cityfox event, and I am not missing that. I get to babysit projectors and do some VJ work, and then helping with breakdown. Money in the bank and I get some fun music times as well.

Further Future lineup

Combine this all with the upcoming Further Future event AND moving to LA, and I have a LOT on my plate.

Living the fast life is hard. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Visualize Somerville 2

Visualize Somerville 2 (or #VisSom2 for short) is going full steam! Our Kickstarter is just a few days away to being done and we are so close to getting funded!

We have had a few successful tests of our interactive systems as well lately, and are moving ahead with both the load testing and polishing the UX (in layman terms, this means we are working to make sure the custom programs we are building to connect the phones and the video program that paints on the walls can handle 30+ people using it at the same time, as well as having a nice layout so people can understand what is going on!).

Beyond that it is business as usual, we are getting more and more attention about this, and I could not be happier. From this day we have 59 days to go before the event happens!

I also got interviewed by Fallons Daily Toast about the event as well, check it out here:

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Visualize Somerville 2 Kickstarter up!

The following 2 months are going to be very exciting.

First and foremost, I am going to be creating (yet again) Visualize Somerville. It will be at Brooklyn Boulders Somerville again, but this time it will also be interactive. What does that mean exactly though? That means you can go onto the provided wifi on your smartphone and play with the visuals yourself! We are working hard at this, there is many moving parts of course.

Most importantly to mention is we have launched a Kickstarter for the event. Check it out here. (As of this writting) We are at almost 1/4 required $4000, which is both super exciting as well as very stressful. As the interactive portion of the event requires a lot more gear (for example, the router alone costs $500 and we need 3 more access points, which are $80 each), we needed to reach out to the community to make this event happen. The (very costly) projectors, the police detail for the event, paying the crew, random gear we will need to buy in a pinch, and of course the computers themselves do NOT come cheap. Check out the video here:

(I had a great time making this video, some of the outtakes of Dabu and I were really funny).

This is also my Masters Capstone project for Harvard Extension. A Capstone is the alternative choice from doing a Thesis, it’s semester long project that combines all the details of what you have learned during your Masters program. Mine was IT with a focus on Digital Media, so it makes sense to me I would be doing it this way! Lots of work ahead of me though, and luckily I have some great people helping me with it.

 

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I also got selected to perform at Futher Future again, the plucky little festival by Robotheart outside Las Vegas. That is very exciting and I can’t wait to get back out there to show the world how visual productions are done. That is at the end of April, can’t wait!

On top of all of that, I am moving to LA in June! There are many reasons to do this, sun, a new place, a bigger city, more work, friends, to be challenged again, but really it is, as Gregory Mallory said about Everest “Because it is there”. Just a new place and new opportunities. I don’t yet think I will be staying there forever and settling down, but well, we shall see right?

On the way out there, I will be stopping at Movement Detroit, which I have never been to and heard great stories about. As I have missed Detroit several times which running around the country, it’s about time to get out there and see what the big deal is. After that, I will just keep driving west and eventually land in Los Angeles. Quite the life, and although I have no idea about work or where I will live yet, I am excited to see where this next grand adventure will take me.

Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge Grand Opening

This last Thursday I was asked to help make the grand opening of the rock climbing collaboration space Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge interesting. Along with a few visualist friends, Levitation Theory and Doctor Mojo, we really made the place go “bang”! We had several projectors for the event, and had checked the space before hand. Along with the BKB crew, we figured out the best shots possible and prepared for the night.

Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge projection map

Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge projection map

When the day of the event came we met up at the Venue early. There is a Vj saying “first in, last out” which states the nature of our position, we come in early and stay late. Mostly because our equipment and our brand of setup makes us bring all our own equipment!

Brooklyn Boulders Queensboro grand opening

Setup time!

 

 

Setup was pretty good, there is a big difference when you work with professionals. As long as they know the general idea they will just start working at it. Very nice to see the projections evolve organically and see what art pieces emerge. At one point Levitation Theory and I setup a piece that was me climbing up and down the walls. Layer that with a few different time and you have me climbing all over the place. Really fun to make art without knowing what the result is.

Brooklyn Boulders Queensboro grand opening

We ended up on a few different walls and each was different. it was a great way to see the space transformed for this event:

Brooklyn Boulders Queensboro grand opening

Piece by Doctor Mojo using Shaders, little blurry, whoops.

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Rock Wall projected on with soap bubble projections. By Levitation Theory

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Line Art piece by Jon Bonk

All in all a great time with some talented people.

Daily After Effects art piece – monster garden

monster garden daily from bonk on Vimeo.

 
I am getting back into the habit of creating something, anything that is a piece of art each and every day. To dedicate the time to a creative passion and put practice into my art is the reason, and will not only provide me with new artwork, but also new ways to create art. All in all, a small daily art piece only will help improve my skills and get my creative juices flowing. Now, instead of just sitting down and neflixing out for the rest of the night, at least there will be time set aside to the abstract, the creative, what my passions and muses are at that moment. I find having a muse very important, and when I do not have one, its a struggle to figure out where to start. I get caught up in the sheer infinity of the many ways I can create, and the paths that each of those ways goes. It’s like standing in front of a giant store that has everything you need and not knowing where to go, and trying to get everywhere!

 

Anyways, I am doing my dailies again. I took this picture of a hot summer night in my garden and some EL wire. Now I turned it into a small Parallax video, and I am pretty impressed myself. It was my first time doing it and I think (now that I know how to do it) will expand upon it. Enjoy the monster garden.

 

 

Robotheart Burningman 2015 vj set

Robotheart set 2015 from bonk on Vimeo.

My 2015 burn was summed up by my set at Robot Heart. I was lucky enough to play for the talented Scumfrog and Serge Devant. I even got to play after and meet a person VJ hero of mine, VJ Culture. It was a great time. Although my camera cut out and I did not get much video of the event, I will share one shaky moment where I looked up from my rig long enough to be totally blown away. It was just before sunset and I looked out…to thousands of revelers.

A burningman crowd is a very special thing. You feel the energy from everyone and know with all the other amazing events taking place all over the city, that those few thousand people want to be there, and only there. That everyone is invested in being at this music, this moment, this slice of heaven in the barren desert. It washes over you and makes you want to commit to hightening it. That you need to push with all your creative work and focused effort to making this moment so important, nothing else matters. It was a performers dream. I was so involved with my art that I would only notice the party and remember to look up…every 45 minutes? It became a blur, where people next to me, the beers handed to me, the cold, the beautiful girls, everything was secondary to my art. It was communication with a mass consciousness, and playing to the whim of both the crowd and the music. That part of the vj life cannot be taught, it is only bought with time and effort.

Great burn with good friends, and overall a magical time. I will be back since there is no where else like that city.

Fractalfest Prelude and Counterpoint this weekend

Busy weekend on the visual front! Getting back to my roots and doing some visuals at 2 excellent shows.

 

Tonight is Counterpoint at the beautiful outdoor venue the Marsh Post. Usually this is a Veterans of Foreign wars post, but this Friday it becomes so much more! Counterpoint is a celebration of friends new and old and is guaranteed to be a great time. I will be doing video all night. Come check it out!

 

 

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Fractalfest Prelude party

Saturday is another heavy hitter of an event in Worcester. While I would never usually go there, this is worth taking the trip out to! The venue is a huge warehouse and the people are a crazy psy trance crew. This is also a garanteed incredible time. I am looking forward to this event for the last few weeks and have been churning out the video for them. Come find me and see you soon.

 

fractalfest prelude party

Vj competition recap video now out

I finally had the time to edit down the video of the night and get a recap video out! We were so excited to produce this year, all the elements, the gracious sponsors, the amazing visual artists, and the Together Festival really came together. Next year will be even bigger with more visual artists, more cool video and gear, and much more awesome. We have big plans for the VJ competition! Stay tuned.

In the mean time, of course check out the video below and get a sample of what a VJ, or visual artist, can do. This event was all about putting some of the amazing talent that usually is just hidden behind the crowd into the forefront. I think they did a pretty good job, and there was a few sets where I was really impressed by the ingenuity and overall performance. We had a lot of heavy hitters this year, a few from Zebbler Studios, a few more professional VJs, and even a few crazy code hackers. What a great group and great VJ competition.

Thanks to our awesome VJs:
BUZI
Parzer
Yegglet
ProjectileObjects
Levitation Theory
Clear Void
Adrenochrome
Jaeson Tek
OPTEX
VisualVince

Thank you again to our sponsors Resolume, Alien TV, Arkaos, Doc Optic, Livid, Leap Motion, Mixvibes, Neuromixer, Vid Vox, Vezer, VJ Loops, Magic Music Visuals, and Synthetic Software.

Check out the video below.

Together Festival VJ Competition 2015 recap video from bonk on Vimeo.

FractalFest is confirmed

So I am confirmed for Fractal Fest in the great northern woods of New England. Very excited about this, these guys, Fractaltribe are great people and really care about their events. Every event they do have been intentional, well designed, and most importantly, FUN! This year I (finally) am taking the time to go up there and show they just what we can do to make the world shine a bit brighter. I am looking forward to working with all other other VJs this year too, many of them are great friends and I am happy to think of just what types of awesome video techniques we come up with. Put to many of us in the same room and we start coming up with all sorts of beautiful content and tricks to make the minds eye flutter.

Ever been to an event in the woods of New England? It is a special type of place. Of course my mind always does wander to the west and its vast tracks of desert and arid forests, but, like the NorthWest, New England has a special flavor that is hard to find anywhere else. You need to eperience it to truly understand. Most importantly though, bring a raincoat and bug spray. I never said it was the best conditions, just unique. The woods are bursting with life, which is great in some ways, but not in others (like lots of mosquitoes). But fear not, since when the music is going, and the video and bass hit you all at once, you will understand it was all worth it to be in the forest paradise.

Not going yet to Fractalfest? Come out! You will be happy you did. Details at the Fractal Tribe site.

 

fractal fest poster

FractalFest 2015

Workshop on Resolume tonight

I am teaching a class on Resolume tonight, what a week! First the VJ competition which was amazing this year, and tonight just keeps up the momentum.

Ever wanted to make live video? Want to create real time works of art? Want to add video to your band or dj set to up your game? Resolume might be for you! Jon Bonk and his team will be teaching an introductory class on this powerful live video tool. Learn how to input videos, master effects, and projection map video onto anything you desire.

check it out here. its free!

6:30pm at MMMMaven in Central Square, Cambridge

VJ competition is today!

Today is the day! The annual VJ competition is happening at 7pm! We have 10 amazing contestants and prizes to match! VDMX, Resolume, Doc Optic, VJ Loops, Nueromixer, Mixvibes, Arkaos, Vezer, Leap Motion, Magic Music Visuals, Alien TV Group, even a Livid Midi Controller! For the crowd we are even raffling off a Moodhoops LED hula hoop as well. This is not to be missed!

Come down, the event starts at 7pm at the Middlesex in Cambridge.

 

VJ Competition with sponsors

Recap of Further Future

So Further Future was definetly a great time. Although there were quite a few bumps on the road during the event, in the end it turned out to be one of the best. I think as a first time festival they aimed high and really hit it out of the park. I spent most of my time at night Vjing on the bus, which really was a treat. It had these huge LED screens that were so bright we had to turn them down to 30%! Crazy.

I will definetly go back, and because of my awesome VJ friends (Tamara and Steve), got some great video too. Check out the short clip below for a sample of my set.

futher future jonbonk vj set from bonk on Vimeo.

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…out of the Nevada Desert and right back in the Boston scene! Visuals this Thursday (5/7)

DJ Dazee hasn’t played in Boston since she rocked the house at Jungle Roots back in 1998. This will be her long awaited first appearance at Elements and we couldn’t be more excited! Visuals by me. Cover $10

Not to be missed.

 

 

Resolume lessons

Now that I am home a bit more than the last few months, I am proud to announce I will be providing Resolume lessons. I have worked with both Resolume Arena and Resolume Avenue, and have worked with these programs in a professional setting for many years. I would be happy to help vis skype or screenshare to teach others the finer points of the programs. I can help with not only how to get started, but also how to become more advanced as well.

-Basics and where to start

-Midi contoller setup

-OCS mapping

-Advanced video mapping setup

-Effect controls

-Source help and content routing

Rates start at $60 USD an hour and can be done both via screenshare or in person if local to the Boston area.

Just use the contact page to setup a time.

Harvard Business School vj gig

I had the chance to randomly get a vj gig at Harvard Business School. It was through a referral of someone, and it was a great time. First off the location (Spangler Hall) was amazing. The entire visual setup was built right into the building and the projectors were built right into the doorways. At first I thought the projectors would come down from the ceiling but they were both located in the archway of the the doors! Pretty posh.

The event was for a Digital Summit for the school, and after the talks (with likes of the founder of Zipcar for example), there was a gala. They wanted to bring in something different and that meant a video artist like me! I got to setup my TouchOSC setup on my Ipad and walk around and let people trigger controls. It was a great time. The best part of course was I had to wear a suit, which I do like to do one in awhile. It is good to get out of a music venue and into somewhere new.

 

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VJ Competition 2015 – call for VJs
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Vj Compeition 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am proud to announce that myself in association with Together Festival will be hosting the third annual VJ Competition!

This year the VJ Competition comes back bigger, badder, and with more amazing video! Once again we are challenging the Visual Artists of the world to compete for precious vj gear and software, as well as a moment in the limelight! Last year we blew the crowd away, this year we plan to do it with even more pixels! Stay tuned for what is in store.

Want to perform? Submit here: http://goo.gl/forms/6rJ3CVbFNR

Each Vj will have to submit a 6 minute video demo, short bio (300 words or less), picture, 10$ entry fee and complete the online application. Judges will decide and choose several Vjs to perform live with a guest DJ at the competition on May 14th. More details to come!

Vj submissions open up on March 29th, and close May 1st. Vjs will be contacted if they are to perform by May 3rd. Live performances will be 8 minutes in length, and judges will be looking for the following traits with each performance:

Intro
Technical Abilities
Showmanship
Tricks
Timing
Audience Interaction
Creativity
Content
Effects
Outro

Good luck and see you there! Much more info to come.

Last weekend VJ recap (Sonic Beating, Together Festival, TedX Somerville)

Lots of things are rolling into motion from this weekend!

-We are planning to fully announce this soon, but I once again will be creating the Together Festival VJ Competition. Very excited about this and already we have a great team setting up for this unique event. More info to come with this, but I already know this will be a huge event!

-Started working on a project for TedX Somerville, and while it is still in the earliest stages, this may lead to a huge project. Already happy to be working with them!

-This last weekend was a private Sonic Beating party, “Eye Heart Brains”. It was a blast and I got to vj with my copatriot Dj Anya. We had a ball, packed the place and had an most unbelievable time! Some shots of it below.

 

All in all it was an amazing weekend and the next few months will be chock full of incredible projects and events. With the on rush of warmer weather I can only imagine it will get better and better!

sonic beatings "eye heart brains" with Vj bonk and DJ anya

sonic beatings “eye heart brains” with Vj bonk and DJ anya

sonic beatings "eye heart brains" with Vj bonk and DJ anya

sonic beatings “eye heart brains” with Vj bonk and DJ anya

Visualize Somerville Recap Video

We finally are releasing the recap from Visualize Somerville! This is a product of so much dedication and work from many talented teams of artists.
I came up with this idea almost 2 years ago, and since then it has been a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs. We almost didn’t have it happen….twice!
But becuase of the crew around me and a massive effort at the end, we came together and produced a unique event that I am truly proud of. The documentary team, Above Summit, really came

in and blew it away with the video capture. Time lapse rigs, drones shooting video, and a full crew to capture the moments. I am glad that the art show got some credit too, that was a part I didn’t know

would be so much work! The artists were very helpful and the work they put up was really breathtaking. All I can hope is people had fun and will want to do it again. I got the thumbs up from both venues, who know where we

will go with this now? Check out the video and stay tuned.

Visualize Somerville at BKB and Aeronaut from Above Summit on Vimeo.

Robot Heart Further Future Festival

I just got confirmation that I am booked for this festival! Las Vegas, here I come. RobotHeart, a Burningman camp has really shown that they know how to push the envelop year after year. Now they are creating their own festival, Further Future. I worked with them last year for their Halloween party, and I have never seen the excitement and dedication that they put into that venue. I expect they will do the same with this event. The location is still secret, but I know from a source or two that there is a lot of work that needs to go into it. If anyone can do it, it is RobotHeart, and I am proud to be part of it. I also heard who the projection company is going to be, and being an old AV guy, I am impressed. This will be a most amazing event, time to get to work!

 

 

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Visualize Somerville projection mapping recap

The Visualize Somerville event was BLAST! The projections looked amazing, the art show was a huge hit and it looked like the night went into the history books. We spent quite a good amount of time working with the venues and making everything run so smoothly and we definetely had our ups and downs creating this event. I personally had some hard set backs that only were overcome by some seriously hard work from both the team and myself. In the end though, this created a most magic night. The art show next door, which will have its own photo album, was special as well, more on that in another post. This was a large event, with many hundreds of people coming to climb and just see the walls. I was bowled over by the sheer amount of people there!

So many people showed and I think everyone really enjoyed themselves. Here are but a few of the pictures, and some amazing videos and pictures are coming out later.  I would like to thank everyone that helped create this event, Brooklyn Boulders, Aeronaut Brewery, Above Summit, and all of the Vjs and Djs.

Visualize Somerville

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We are in the last few days before this event, and everyone involved is very excited! We are working to make this event incredible, and pulling out all the stops.

The VJ team has been non-stop rendering new content specifically for the walls, and it is looking like something out of the future. The best part? You can climb it! Check out the Facebook event here and the presales page (only $6 purchased before, $10 at the door, $25 w/o gear to climb).

Of course, make sure to speed up your entry by filling out the waiver as well.

We are planning both the projection mapped event and next door we are working with Aeronaut Brewery to bring over 40 artists into the space. There will be installations, paintings, photography, and even live art. We are very excited to bring this into the Visualize Somerville fold, and feels it helps highlight the rich nature of the local area. Of course there will be Aeronauts delicious beer on tap as well (Keep in mind to climb next door at BKB before you drink, no drinking and climbing!). Aeronaut is free entry as well.

The team can’t wait, and we are excited to see you there!

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Blizzard fun

So Boston has had a bit of snow. As in the snowiest few weeks in history. At this point we are just bracing for the next one and struggling on. But having this much snow does come with benefits. Last night was the perfect time to kick back and play some N64, and since we have to the equipment, why not project it on the parking lot?

 

The view when the plow came.

The view when the plow came.

I was able to capture the beam, which I though looked pretty cool.

I was able to capture the beam, which I though looked pretty cool.

rainbow road on a snowy night

rainbow road on a snowy night

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view from the ground

view from the ground

Unsurprisingly, sometimes the snow was more a hinderance than a help.

Unsurprisingly, sometimes the snow was more a hinderance than a help.

Trying to keep the snow out of the projection was tough.

Trying to keep the snow out of the projection was tough.

Snow was blowing into the window, but the projector seemed safe

Snow was blowing into the window, but the projector seemed safe

playing out the window

playing out the window

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A loft mate decided to try to play and use his own car.

A loft mate decided to try to play and use his own car.

Copyright Jon Bonk 2016

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