Along with New York, Boston was really my introduction to what was happening in live visuals and VJing. So, I already took interest when a couple of friends sent word of a VJ competition in Boston. Then, of course, things in that city turned very strange indeed. The festival “Together,” scheduled in May, couldn’t have a better title – we’re thinking of you.
So, Northeast USA, I absolutely am pleased to alert you to this competition; I hope we get some CDM readers in it. And for the rest of us around the world, here’s a look at what a couple of our friends are doing with VJing in Beantown. (This is not by any means a comprehensive list of the folks I know there, but a couple of the artists working on this event!)
NightRide Visuals, a collective led by Jay NightRide, got a visit by Akai Pro which featured how they work with the APC40 controller and their approach to events in general:
And here’s a showreel from curator VJon, kicking off with a shot of him strutting down the floor, iPad in hand – wireless, for the win:
VJ Jon Bonk Live Promo from bonk on Vimeo.
The competition: send a 6-minute demo and entry by May 5, then, if selected, an eight-minute performance at “A/V superspace” Naga Cambridge is your chance to win a prize package with full licenses of Resolume, MadMapper, and Modul8.
There is a US$10 entry fee, I should say, which I know can be a controversial feature of these competitions. (I know some people who simply refused to enter such things; curious to hear your thoughts as an entrant or organizer.) But the event looks great.
And I’m supremely jealous of the event space, which they say “was outfitted with a variety of state-of-the art projector-based systems via Scalable Display, Central Square’s own worldwide leaders in projection-based displays.” That’s just the sort of venue this scene could use more of.