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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Posted by Fallon Leigh O’Brien on Saturday, March 26, 2016

 

 

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.

 

furthur future logo

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.

Copyright Jon Bonk 2016

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