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!

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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.

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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:

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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.

 

 

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

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.

Visualize Somerville, Feb 27th!

So a few months ago I attempted to pull together a projection mapping event at a rock climbing gym local to me. Unfortunately it did not happen due to a pipe bursting and ruining the projections (they were insured luckily), but coming back to it and now we are doing it again!

This time around it is a much bigger event. We are trucking in over 50,000 lumens of projection systems (a normal projector is around 2000 just for reference) and lighting up a large part of Brooklyn Boulders. Check out the space:

 

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The VJ team is working on some amazing content as well. They have created custom models and are churning out the content for some really unique stuff!

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Next door to Brooklyn Boulders is Aeronaut Brewery, which is a great new event space and brewery/bar. They have hosted all sorts of cool gatherings there, from bands to projection events (Bring Your Own Beamer) all the way to a retro gaming night! In creating Visualize Somerville, we included them and they are now going to be throwing an art show next door. We are getting something like 32 artists to come in and put up everything from photography, installations, performances, paintings, and other creative artistry. We just selected the artists and I am very impressed by both the diversity of the artwork and the impressiveness of it.

This multi venue event will be on Friday the 27th of February and go from 8pm-11pm at Brooklyn Boulders, and 8-midnight at Aeronaut. Links and flyer below.

Facebook event page: http://bit.ly/VisualizeSomerville

Presales page: http://brooklynboulders.com/somerville/visualize-somerville/

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Glitch Pong

Made this awhile ago, forgot to post it! Check out a video I made with my dear friend Zebbler. This was done using several shot and in post creating a slitscan effect. This technique (which I personally love) displaces the time which makes the movements all funky. I want to do it again with a higher frame rate so I can get even more control. Next time. Anyways, enjoy!

 

Glitch Pong from bonk on Vimeo.

Final days to submit for the VJ competition!

It went so fast! Once again, this years VJ competition is in full swing. The last day to submit an entry is Sunday at midnight!

We already have some great entries, but I hope to get a few more in. This event is a celebration of VJ culture in the USA, which sometimes I feel is under represented. Live visual creation is an art, and there are many of us that perform this art for our own enjoyment.

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Now is the time to come out from the back of the venue and show the world what you can do! We have some great prizes this year, a QuNeo midi  controller for starters, Nueromixer, Resolume, and TouchDesigner (Derivitive) have all graciously provided software as well. I can’t just wait to give out this stuff to the winners, always makes me feel good to help out my fellow visual artists.

The deadline is Sunday at Midnight as I said, and all entries will be taken and reviewed by the judges. What a group we have right the judging panel, Ghostdad (best known for the visual artist behind the Porter Robinson shows), Shawn Flaherty, a local vj and CEMI favorite and winner of the NIN video contest a few years back. Of course we cannot forget about Brian Kane, VJ legend in his own right!

I can’t wait to see who will be chosen to come out to this event. I can only get more excited.

 

Of course, come out and see the show! Show really be some amazing content being displayed.

May 13th, 7pm

Wonderbar, Alston, MA

Facebook Event

See you there!

NYE = RiskeeBall!

So rather than VJ a lame New Years Eve show (I have in the past), I decided to help with a project I missed out on at Burningman this year.

RISKEEBALL! This was part of the Charcade this year, basically a whole bunch of carnival games with flames shooting out of them. And for this year, they will be at First Night in Boston!

This year is sizing up to be quite the step up as far as First Night is concerned, and Boston is actually allowing many things to happen that have not before. Video Bleep will be in Action, Figment (which RiskeeBall is part of) will be on the Commons, the Penrose Triangle is already up, and even Zebbler is projection mapping an amazing performance for the Boston Public Library!

 

Read all about First Night here, and see you down there, I will be helping with the technical side and also be a Carnival Barker for a bit.

Project MUM time lapse 2013 from bonk on Vimeo.

I finally compiled the time lapse of the entire day and night of Project MUM. We spent from 9am (some of us were there at 7am!) till 9pm setting up the various projects, art pieces, and configurations for the show. It was exhausting but very much worth it in the end! The party turned out amazing.

…I ended up doing a bit too much this time around. I set up a installation project, I vj’d, I was media contact during the event for complaints, and also somehow attended and was host as well. At one point I had to VJ, as well as run to my installation which had crashed every 15 minutes, and it was on the other side of the party! I was dead tired after that, and I realized next time I need an assistant or to do less work.

One of my pet projects I did is above, and I was fairly happy with the outcome of it! It makes me want to buy a few more to have next time around (if you pay attention, you can see not only me fiddling with it but also that I moved the camera a few times)! Down the go pro rabbit hole I go…

The only thing that as unfortunate was that my project I was working on with my friend Yetkin only worked for about an hour ( I mentioned this in a post below). The computer totally crashed and I just did not have the time to reset it. Luckily it reset to the default background… of SPACE! Worked perfectly for the time, though it did require me giving it some continual TLC to keep it working.

Anyways, enjoy the time lapse (and the drone video below as well!). Community based art events are the best!

 

Slit Scan

 

I have been slowly working on a project to create a large scale Slit Scan project.

 

This is a project that I am fairly passionate about, and luckily I have a friend that reminds me to get up and do something about it. Any great project is a give and take, and luckily I am surrounded by quite a bunch of highly intelligent creative people that help me further my projects and expand them into something simply beautiful.

 

 

What is Slit Scan? It is playing with the timing of the video/photo, often done in post production now, but also can be done live. I think anytime you can take a just a normal movement or action and magnify it so it becomes distorted or just bizarre to the viewer, it can show the beauty of regular movements. Playing with time distortion shows just how incredible our normal movements can be!

 

Below is a sample of what is to come done by my friend Yetkin. Very interesting stuff as he shows! more to come.

Slit scan : A photograph of Time from Yetkin Yilmaz on Vimeo.

Changing formats a bit

So since I created this blog I have only posted about VJ related projects. I have been doing much more as well, and I feel this is a great place to showcase that information as well! You will begin to see trickles of other interests I have, and maybe in the future even a shop with my creations on it.

 

Current Projects (might flesh some out into full posts later):

-Learning to fly Hexadrone (Aerosky 550 specifically)

-Producer of Project MUM (again) event in Somerville, MA. Due to land in September.

-Creating entire visual mapping electronica band  Vishno Rocks!  

-Working on a slit scan personal project, TBA

-Learning to use plasma cutter at Artisans Asylum

-Growing a garden of cucumbers for pickling. Gotta love pickles.

-etc…

Busy week/month/year!

Many things in the works lately….

Just finished a green screen shoot with the lovely bellydancers Laura Blake and Sadiya Carr. I will have clips up with soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vjing for Klute this Thursday at Elements in Cambridge Ma. I am very excited about this. If you around, please come out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…and played Boston Decom last weekend, and Glitchgiving the weekend before. This weekend I am playing for Video Bleep, another underground fundraiser show for them to bring thier 360 projection video/music dome to Burningman again.

Very Busy! And between all that content creation. Can’t be happier.

Project MUM was a success!

What a great party that turned out to be! Hundreds showed up and really rocked the house that night. Costumes, stickers, crazy bikes, artwork, and energy was abound! Without a doubt I want to do it again. Really had a fun time heading up the video for this one.

I ended up using a cargo van as a projector mount for one of my dual projector setups. I will admit that the mounts created with the help of directions by VJ Kung Fu really showed their worth this time!

Special thank you goes out to SCUL, the (Djs Cosine Zero, Keith Matter, Fig) and VJ Serialcrusher for the visual reinforcements!

Check out some pictures Here. More to come when I get more pictures lined up.

 

 

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