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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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.

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 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.

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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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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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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.

Copyright Jon Bonk 2016

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