Julian Oliver wrote:
Do you really think there just aren't enough
people working within the same
area, with enough personal momentum, to sustain something like a 'hacklab'? If
so, why does New Zealand seemingly have less activity in this respect than
countries with comparably sized yet poorer populations (Estonia or Uruguay)?
I believe there are enough people working on enough different things
that we don't need an official hacklab. It is better to continue with
the 100 ad-hoc labs that we do have. Of course, I understand that
people can feel lonely in their basements, but you know we have gotten
better at telecommunications and distributed networks.
Remember the context for this is the CNZ stategic plan. We can't
increase their budget, which comes to about $40M and which is slowly
dropping relative to population and inflation. The National Party has
promised to spend more of it on tory arts like ballet and opera. I
don't want to see the few tens of thousands of dollars that digital art
has due to it all go to a showpony medialab in Auckland that will be
unusable for the majority of artists.
BTW, people, is there anyone in New Zealand who wants a national hacklab?