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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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!

Brooklyn Boulders Queensboro grand opening

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.

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.

Vj competition recap video now out

I finally had the time to edit down the video of the night and get a recap video out! We were so excited to produce this year, all the elements, the gracious sponsors, the amazing visual artists, and the Together Festival really came together. Next year will be even bigger with more visual artists, more cool video and gear, and much more awesome. We have big plans for the VJ competition! Stay tuned.

In the mean time, of course check out the video below and get a sample of what a VJ, or visual artist, can do. This event was all about putting some of the amazing talent that usually is just hidden behind the crowd into the forefront. I think they did a pretty good job, and there was a few sets where I was really impressed by the ingenuity and overall performance. We had a lot of heavy hitters this year, a few from Zebbler Studios, a few more professional VJs, and even a few crazy code hackers. What a great group and great VJ competition.

Thanks to our awesome VJs:
BUZI
Parzer
Yegglet
ProjectileObjects
Levitation Theory
Clear Void
Adrenochrome
Jaeson Tek
OPTEX
VisualVince

Thank you again to our sponsors Resolume, Alien TV, Arkaos, Doc Optic, Livid, Leap Motion, Mixvibes, Neuromixer, Vid Vox, Vezer, VJ Loops, Magic Music Visuals, and Synthetic Software.

Check out the video below.

Together Festival VJ Competition 2015 recap video from bonk on Vimeo.

Recap of Further Future

So Further Future was definetly a great time. Although there were quite a few bumps on the road during the event, in the end it turned out to be one of the best. I think as a first time festival they aimed high and really hit it out of the park. I spent most of my time at night Vjing on the bus, which really was a treat. It had these huge LED screens that were so bright we had to turn them down to 30%! Crazy.

I will definetly go back, and because of my awesome VJ friends (Tamara and Steve), got some great video too. Check out the short clip below for a sample of my set.

futher future jonbonk vj set from bonk on Vimeo.

Fractaltribes Subculture this Saturday!

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Subculture holds a special place in my heart. That is why I just had to get down there to do some visuals for this momentous event! The venue is a giant old industrial warehouse and they do it up proper, especially on the video mapping side of things. I am very excited to make my visuals light up the revelers as they dance under the amazing deco that goes up at every event they do!

 

Check them out at fractaltribe.net

 

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15 years of Elements Boston

…server was down for a bit there, sorry folks.

 

-Last week played with Siouxside and Positron at Elements, very fun locals night and had a great time mixing some new content.

 

THIS WEEK!

 

This week at Elements is big! Elements is Celebrating 15 YEARS of Drum and Bass music. What a time! This also marks 6 years as a resident Vj as well, which bowls me over. 6 years of mastering my craft and countless artists coming through. Both Czargb and I will be playing that night, and I am in the works to make some custom 15 year content just for this historic night! Don’t sleep, come out and get down!

Then Elements founders Crook and Lenore take the reins along with co-resident Fox for the ritual anniversary tag. And did I mention it’s the night of a rare black moon/supermoon? Do try and stay calm. There will be several giveaways, including Zakim Recordings 12″s courtesy of BBD, and as always we will unveil brand new Elements tees!

AK 1200 this week!

The Legend himself is back at Elements!

It’s been a minute since AK1200 slayed Elements with one of his incomparable journey sets. Get excited!!
Opening set by Fox. Cover $10

I will be on the visuals with some all new material. This is not a night to be missed.

Cyantific this Thursday, Elements

This Thursday at Elements is Cyantific, and I have some sick new stuff to throw on the screens!

Cyantific is not only a beast in the studio, with an ever-growing arsenal of chart toppers on Hospital, Ram, and his own Cyantific imprint, but the man puts it down behind the decks too! No one was surprised when he was crowned “Best Breakthrough DJ” by BBC 1Xtra in ’07. Don’t miss out on the fun! Opening set by Fox. Visuals by me.

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Elements and Together present: Wilkinson this Thursday!

Very excited to Vj alongside the only Wilkinson!

Wilkinson continues to stun us with his unfaltering ability to churn out mind-blowing dancefloor smashers. Last month’s “Take You Higher” is easily track of the year. With exceptional dj skills to match his supreme proficiency in the studio, look out, cos this Ram crew member is going to TEAR IT DOWN! Opening set by Fox. Visuals by myself. Cover $10

 

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