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.

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.

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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Performing in NYC for RobotHeart 10/25-10/26

 

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I am very excited to announce I will be heading down to NYCthis coming weekend to perform at a RobotHeart party.For those that do not know this legendary group, they throw massive Burningman parties from their bus. I was actually asked this year to come perform for them at Burningman, but the timing just did not work out. But luckily they reside mostly in NYC, and are throwing one closer to home.

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The projection screens alone will be massive, and there is at least 5 Vjs all performing at once in the various rooms. I would highly suggest coming to check this out! Check out the event details here. Its a huge 5000+ person party and goes on for 2 full days! Let me know if you am coming down so we can meet up, the more friends, the better!

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