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helen varley jamieson: creative catalyst
as i understand it there are a good number of people here who are living in
the EU and making art or doing art-related activities. so i have a question
i've been travelling around the EU (Austria, Portugal, Spain, Germany, the
Netherlands), meeting lots of artists in different situations, playing
music and writing code and drinking wine and talking open-source and the
end of the world and the NZ accent from the point of view of the displaced,
and have becoming very attached to the whole experience. i'm currently in
Portugal, which i appear to have fallen in love with.
the hitch is that i have recently had it confirmed that i need to leave
pretty soon to make my obligations under the Schengen 90/180 rule less
flagrantly broken (90/180 means i can stay at most 90 non-consecutive days
within the Schengen area as a whole, out of every 180 days, despite the
3-month agreements signed between NZ and every Schengen state). yeah, i'm a
little nervous about this, but that's another story.
this makes me sad, because i want to keep up this life, longer term. i'm
exhausted from travelling and thoroughly sick of not having a home, but
despite that i want to stay here, doing something like this, for longer.
so my question is, what might be my best options for doing this and
ideally, i want to find a country that will grant me a short-term (2 year
or so, extendable) resident+work visa to be self-employed, set myself up as
a tax-paying sole trader with that country, and then work from there as a
travelling freelance programmer/musician/artist. (would Schengen 90/180
rules still apply in this case, or would i effectively become a citizen of
the EU/Schengenland as a whole?). i've developed the networks to begin to
support this, but convincing immigration that a career as a freelance
artist is Good is another story, i'm sure. are there places where this is
alternatively, i find a country that will grant me a short-term
residence-without-work visa, and do the same, but receiving 'stipends'
and/or 'accomodation assistance' for 'project-related residencies'. there
might be a chicken/egg situation here wrt proving sufficient finances when
applying, is the problem.
i've asked several immigration offices in several countries about the
logistics of arranging something like this, and i've discovered they get
very grumpy very quickly when they realise what i want to do doesn't fit
neatly into one of their categories, so have had little luck getting any
usable information. Portugal in particular asks for proof of 'investment
registration' which, i think, is where i have to deposit an unspecified
amount of capital, somewhere, so the byzantine Portuguese beaurocracy can
officiate it. ????
other alternatives i've considered:
- as a fifth or sixth generation New Zealander i can't claim any EU ancestry.
- i've been offered full time work with Ars Electronica, but declined based
on stories of really bad experiences there, minimum wage (€10.50/hr), and
the fact that if i'm going to work full time without creative control i'd
rather be earning pounds, to make it less painful. bad decision? perhaps,
but after i left the games industry i swore i'd never be an exploited
programmer again, and i'm sticking with that.
- working holiday visas (1) - can I get a working holiday visa for eg
Germany, and then travel freely in Europe? meaning i could 'live' in
Portugal. yes, i've been to Berlin but am not so into it, not enough
sunshine and too many trustafarians.
- working holiday visas (2) - when my German working holiday visa expires,
could i then get a Danish or Dutch working holiday and repeat? is this
going to cause questions or denial, longer-term? i'm 26.
- Schengen 90/180: i can leave Portugal to go to the UK for three months,
then come back to Portugal when the 180 days are up, and stay legal. how
many times do you think i can repeat this before UK or Portugal starts
and, lastly, would you recommend going back to New Zealand, and taking care
of it all from there, before coming back? for example, a lot of countries
list travel insurance as a requirement for longer term visas. i don't have
travel insurance, and it doesn't seem to be possible to buy travel
insurance when you're not at home, which seems ridiculous, but there you go.
really i'm a little wide-eyed, a little lost, and more than a little naive;
i should've done more research before i came here, rather than just jumping
on a plane and assuming it would all work out (it has so far, beyond my
highest expectations, but as it stands this doesn't look to last). so i'm
really just asking for general advice as to how to make this lifestyle
work, practically, based on experience from people who've done it or are
continuing to do it.
hopefully you'll understand something from my ramble and will be able to
give me some advice. any and all is appreciated.
G H O S T C A L L I N G
An ephemeral art installation by Leon Tan, Emily Garden, & Matt Barnes
A set of mobile phones are suspended within trees at the SPLORE 2008 outdoor music and arts festival in New Zealand. These phones are programmed to revive orchestrated calls at random times, resulting in a ring tone symphony that evokes the bird calls common to the land and trees. Additional to these programmed calls, members of the public are invited to mix realities by participating in this interactive project.
People from Splore and around the world are invited to interact with the work by calling the phones and adding to the sonic experience. All diverts are deactivated and you will not pay for the call as long as the phones are live over Friday 8 (Noon onwards) and Sunday 10 February 2008 (ends at 10am).
You can also text in messages or call in to a phone suspended within reach of Splore audiences at +6421 02238027! You will have to pay for texts and calls to this phone.
List of phones with associated ringtones (all diverts and voicemail deactivated so the phones will simply keep ringing till disconnected. You will not pay for the calls during the event times):
021 0223 7958
021 0223 9052
021 0223 8989
low pitch old skool
021 0223 8053
021 0223 9005
021 0223 8038
021 0223 8051
high pitch classic ring
021 0223 8054
021 0223 8992
021 0223 9007
021 0223 8045
021 0223 7962
021 0223 8993
standard old skool
021 0223 7981
021 0223 7976
021 0223 7990
low pitch classic ring
Public Health & Psychosocial Studies
Faculty of Health & Environmental Sciences
Private Bag 92006
P Skype (leon-tan)
P +64 9 9219999 Ext. 7752
F +64 9 9219780
Here is the Programme outline for Tending Networks: The 5th Aotearoa
Digital Arts Symposium, to be held from Feb 22-24 at the Design and Arts
College of New Zealand, 116 Worcester St, Christchurch.
Note: This programme is current as of February 5, 2008, but the final
programme is still subject to small changes...
+ Details of speakers will be updated in the next few days.
To register email: symposium(a)aotearoadigitalarts.org.nz
$50 (waged), $30 (unwaged)
It's going to be a really really excellent symposium!
*Thursday: Feb 21 - advance event*
Workshop and performance by Berlin artist/musician Robert Henke, who
plays minimal techno under the name of Monolake as well as producing
abstract music and sound installations under his real name.
CPIT, Madras St, Christchurch.
For more information see http://www.physicsroom.org.nz/
More information will also be posted to ADA and the Symposium website
*Friday: Feb 22:*
5:30 pm opening of 'A Geekosystem' by Adam Hyde and Julian Priest at The
The show will have been installed/evolving over previous week.
*Saturday, Feb 23: Tending Networks*
9:30am: Welcoming tea+coffee + opening introduction
10:00 --11:15 am: Keynote Presentation: Adam Hyde (nz/nl)
'Tending networks', international connections, projects.
Talk and discussion/questions
11:15 am -- 11:30: Morning Tea
11:30 -- 12:30: Panel discussion: Tending networks + building communities:
Discussion of the nature of 'community' online, the relationship between
on- and off-line communities, issues of participation, and the role of
digital communities in tending networks within and beyond New Zealand.
12:30 -- 1:30: Lunch
1:30 -- 3:00pm: Workshops in A Geekosystem at The Physics Room
Led by Adam Hyde + Julian Priest
3:00 --3:30: Afternoon tea
3:30 -- 4:30: Short presentations: 5 minute artist and project presentations
4:30 -- 5:30: ADA AGM + general screenings and work-showing
5:30 -- 8:00: Drinks and dinner
8:00 onwards: Séance for Nam Jun Paik
A Screening performance curated by Dan Agnihotri-Clark
*Sunday Feb 24:*
10:00 -- 10:30: Welcoming tea + coffee
10:30 -- 11:45: Keynote presentation: Young Hae Chang Heavy Industries (kr)
Discussion of their work and presentation of new piece
Responses and discussion
11:45 -- 12: Morning tea break
12:00 -- 1:00: Panel discussion: making and collaborating in new media art
Discussion of the process of making digital + new media art, and the
role of collaboration.
2:00-3:00: Short presentations: 5 minute artist and project presentations.
3:00-3:30: Afternoon tea
3:30 -- 4:30: Panel discussion: 'Curating and presenting new media'
Curating, Funding and finding a public for New Media Art: a discussion
of the issues curators and artists face
4:30 -- 5:30: Wrap-up session and discussion
Later: drinks and dinner
To all musicians: Calling for entries!
The Laptop Battle is a competitive event for musicians of all genres.
It´s a fusion of sound design, composition and stage performance, and
a chance for musicians to prove their skills on stage with a handy
little computer and some knobs.
The Laptop Battle was invented in Seattle but became quite popular all
over the world. Several shows were played in the USA, GERMANY, JAPAN
and the UK. Now the time has come for a New Zealand battle!
The Battle is still open for entries and we are looking for the big
rockers!!! Entry is for free and we have super prizes for the winners!
So if you are keen on being part of the Battle or if you know musical
talents who would kick the show then please spread the word or
directly apply on our homepage: www.laptopbattle.co.nz
Hurry up because the show is on soon:
15th of March at Galatos, Auckland
3/30 Curran Street
fon: 00 64 9 36 0 96 85
mob: 00 64 2 11 07 80 54
Kia ora all
Inspired by Damian's enquiry, I thought I'd just check with the
excellent network to see if anyone knows anyone who might be able to
help on a work project.
I'm currently looking after the development of a new website for
Digital Review of Asia Pacific <http://www.digital-review.org> which
is due to launch at the end of the month. The new site is built in
Drupal and a developer has been working with us on bringing all of the
content of the three issues online, but won't be able to complete
parts of the project.
We are urgently looking for someone who can implement a basic forum
function and moderation system and also help tidy up the content
loading interface. The requirements are not that complex but there is
a pretty strong visual design which will need to be implemented and
expanded upon, so a design sensitivity would be handy + strong HTML/CSS
The budget isn't great but it is a high-profile international-agency
funded project that would look great in someone's portfolio and make a
great contribution to ICT for development. There is a re-design/
development planned for later in the year and I'd be happy to give
that work to anyone with the skills who comes on board.
If you or someone you know might be interested please get in touch <danny(a)sumamedia.com
> or (021) 456 379. Any leads appreciated.
See you all in Christchurch!