What is it?
Visualize Somerville is a concept to combine technology and community into a large scale interactive installation in May, 2016. You will be able to interact with the projections via your smartphone or tablet to control what is on the walls. Imagine 30+ people all controlling different factors of the projections, painting on the walls, and making amazing art collectively.
In 2015 a team of talented visual artists created a projection mapped event at Brooklyn Boulders Somerville, a 40,000 square foot rock climbing gym and collaboration space. The project was a huge success. Check it out here
It was so successful that we are looking to do it again, but we want to raise the bar so much higher this time. This time, the event will be interactive so YOU control what it looks like. The team lead (Jon Bonk) is working to create this project for his Harvard Extension School Masters Capstone project, and working to both create the code and the overall visual design. We are looking to create a new way to bring large scale collaborative art to life.
Of course, this type of project does come with a cost, especially since we are working with so many more factors. There are expensive projection systems that we need to acquire, high powered computers to make those visuals a reality, artists to help create amazing visual effect, crew to feed pizza. This is all ends up becoming a very costly, and this is where YOU come in!
Once this project is funded, we will be able to purchase the equipment to make this event happen again and again. This event is but the first of many events we would like to produce with this technology. We are looking to invest in future events and installations.
We are looking to raise at least $4,000 to make this event happen successfully. We already are working on the software and have selected Brooklyn Boulders again for their large collaborative space, as well as for their excitement in fostering this project.
Check out what the T-Shirts look like:
Pecan: This great artist comes from a love of portraiture, a collection of colorful toys, and her aspirations of bringing them to life. We are offering several of prints of her pieces as a reward!
Mike is an artist that works out of Jamaica Plains. He works with many mediums, and this collection is created on reclaimed laser disks. You can be a proud owner of one of these wonderful pieces of artwork!
Risks and challenges
The risks included in this endeavour are luckily relatively few. The team has already done the groundwork on a previous event at the same location. We know what to do, how to do it, and are excited to make it even better!
The major risk we have is creating the software to control the video with multiple smartphones. As was shown in the video, we already have a working prototype of this software, and have a few months to perfect it for the event. Even if we cannot accomplish completing the software, we still will be able to complete the project and have the event. We have a backup plan using another software that has proven to work for our needs, if more limited than what we are creating ourselves.
If we cannot raise the funds, we will have to cut back on the project, but it will still happen. If we can hit our goal and surpass it, then we can use the additional funds for more animations, paying for more artists to be involved, and we can purchase better equipment. Every cent makes the project better and more engaging. We want this to be an event you talk about for years to come!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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