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.

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.

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.

Brooklyn Boulders Queensboro grand opening

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

Brooklyn Boulders Queensboro grand opening

Line Art piece by Jon Bonk

All in all a great time with some talented people.

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.

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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VJ competition, Vizualize Somerville, and travel!

 

VJ COMPETITION

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The Vj competition was amazing, we had 8 Vjs come in from all parts of the New England area and it was a blast, I will post an update with a video recap when I have some time. The winner was none other than Projectile Objects from Philly. He did an amazing job! All in all though we had a great time and it really showed, which was the whole point. a bigger recap will come with more media from it. Here is a few pictures from the night.

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Sadly I had to delay this event to the fall. The equipment at the very last second we were to use ($50,000 worth of equipment, happily insured) was under 4 feet of water! The shop that the equipment was in had a pipe burst in the ceiling and this filled up the room. With no other way to get that amount of equipment (which was donated by 4D New England), I had no choice but to delay it until after I am back. Speaking of..

I am happy to say that I am posting this from London in a hostel and have started my backpacking tour through Europe. I already have gone through Iceland, and have been in London for a few days. Next up is Scotland to see my cousins, then to Brussels, then Amsterdam, then Paris. More to come on that! I likely will link my Tumblr to this blog to keep everyone updated too.

 

Adventure! More to come.

Drones + Brooklyn Boulders = amazing

This Sunday I went down to Brooklyn Boulders in Somerville with a few friends. We brought out our drones and flew them all around this amazing rock gym that opened its door less than a year ago. Amazing spaces call for amazing video shoots, and how better to do that then with a few drones?

 

Below is a post that Bill of Iflycameras did a great video wrapup of some of the shots we did!

check out the video and photos!

 

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