Transcript of "Geeks in-residence recruitment guide 2013 v1"
Geeks-In-Residence 2013 Recruitment Information Pack v1 1
What is the Geeks-In-Residence programme?• A unique opportunity worth up to £6k for digital talent to work with a Scottish cultural host organisation on an open, explorative brief• The purpose of the residencies is to connect high quality digital talent with forward-looking cultural host organisations with so that the hosts can evolve the way they related to technology and technologists. The residencies should therefore attract talent who are interested in being part of that mission rather than those just looking for another piece of general work.• Your residency will have four elements: 1. Exploring - working together with the host organisation to identify a project opportunity that best uses your talents and matches an interest area of theirs 2. Making - creating a tangible prototype as an output of the residency 3. Coaching - developing your host’s understanding of development or design by sharing aspects of your methods, your thinking, your networks and your world 4. Sharing - attending up to two events and telling your story through the SyncTank magazine• The £6k fee is expected to cover a minimum of 15 days and includes travel, expenses & VAT• The residencies last from appointment in May/June and must be completed by early December 2013. Exact timings of your residency are are to be agreed between you and your host e.g. you can either do it all together or spread out over a number of months.• Please note that the term geek is simply used as a fun label - so you need not self-identify as a geek but are happy to use the label for the purpose of this role• You will also be assigned a handler from the core Sync team whose role is to support you and your host to get the most out of your time together 2
The skills & experience required for the roleEssential• You are a software developer or UX/UI/technical designer• You have a portfolio of interesting work• You understand the purpose of the residency and want to help demonstrate how the arts can work with digital tools & talent in new progressive ways• You are a good communicator and are able to explain your ideas and your processes to a non- technical audience• You are able to spend at least part of the residency on-site with your host in Scotland• You have availability during the period from June to November 2013• You are used to hacking, prototyping, experimenting & trialling ideas• You are a self-starter, collaborative, respond well to being trusted and can deal with ambiguity at the start of a project process• You are happy to work with a service designer on your projectDesired• You have a history of speaking, blogging or writing about your areas of expertise/interest• You have an active interest in at least one of theatre, dance, music or visual art• You can offer a day-rate which offers your best value to the Host and to the Sync programmeAlso note that• You may apply as an independent freelancer, company or agency but you have to apply as a named individual and be able to get permission from your company to carry out the role 3
Host #1: The ArchesThe iconic Glasgow performance venueA venue for clubbing, live music and performance with a thriving bar andcafe, the Arches hosts intelligent, ground-breaking productions and offeringemergent artists a supportive platform for risk-taking. The Arches is theideal place to explore the use of digital technology in our work and itsapplications for the future - both in terms of audience engagement,communication between artists and the exploration of new artistic forms andpractices.Why do they want a geek-in-residence?With so many different activities within the building and the potential forcrossover between them there is so much potential for innovative digitalprojects. This is an ideal time to work with them since the Arches will havewiﬁ throughout the building from May for the ﬁrst time and we start a majorrefurbishment of key areas of the venue this summer which could be a goodopportunity to focus on improvements and innovations for our newenvironment as well as open doors for new artistic techniques.Residency championJackie Wylie, Artistic DirectorPrimary location www.arches.co.ukGlasgow 6
Host #2: Bodysurf ScotlandThe rural dance organisation with national ambitionBodysurf Scotland is based in the Findhorn EcoVillage Community in theNorth East of Scotland, known throughout the world as a major internationalcentre of personal and spiritual transformation and sustainable living.Bodysurf Scotland is passionate about contemporary dance,movement andart and love sharing that passion through promoting and producing eventsthat make a positive difference in the world.Why do they want a geek-in-residence?They are used to hosting artists, intellectuals and innovators, though havenot yet hosted a ‘geek’. They would like to host a Geek-in-residence toinspire us and take them places they haven’t considered or imagined before.We have no speciﬁc or prescriptive ideas and are completely open to thedirection the collaboration will go but we are interested in how the residencymight engage with their wider artistic ambitions of supporting contemporarydance practice, the challenges of being based in a rural location, potentialuses of their venue and importantly, the sustainability ethic of the company.Residency championKarl Jay Lewin, Artistic DirectorPrimary location www.bodysurfscotland.co.ukMoray 8
The Regent Bridge by Callum Innes was a commission for the 2012 festival 9
Host #3: Edinburgh Art FestivalThe UK’s largest annual festival of visual art in its 10th yearTaking place in August and delivered in partnership with Edinburgh’s leadinggalleries, museums and artist run spaces, EAF presents contemporaryworks in the context of important modern and historical artists. Each year,the programme consists of new publicly sited commissioned artworks byleading and emerging artists, over 45 major exhibitions and a month ofspecial events, tours and performances. We record over 250,000 attendanceseach year.Why do they want a geek-in-residence?As a small but growing team they are continually looking for innovative waysto improve: both the content of the programme and how it is developed anddelivered operationally with the network of partner galleries; and how theycommunicate and develop new audiences. Each year commissioned artistscreate works which invite the public or the city to participate in some way.Having a digital-savvy voice in the EAF team will allow development of theseartworks in order to make public participation as accessible and deep aspossible through supporting individual artists.Residency championSorcha Carey, Director www.edinburghartfestival.com/Primary locationEdinburgh 10
A scene11 from the National Theatre of Scotland’s Ignition, Shetland, March 2013
Host #4: National Theatre of ScotlandThe iconic Glasgow performance venueThe National Theatre of Scotland has no building of our own, which givesthem the freedom to go where their audiences, and artists, take them. In thelast twelve months, for example, NTS has taken theatre to a church in Fife,an ofﬁce block in Belfast, a swimming pool in Glasgow, a nightclub in Falkirk,schools in rural Scotland by bike and streamed live online. NTS is still a veryyoung organization, and ﬂexible enough to know that we still need to bechallenged in the right ways by the right people.Why they want a geek-in-residence?NTS are particularly interested in developing a creative working relationshipwith someone who will help us to energise their artistic activity in the digitalsphere. To co-evolve a new way of thinking about how they make theatre, notmerely to enhance what they already do, but to take our whole approach innew directions. NTS are looking for someone to lead them, and the artists wesupport, in a conversation about what’s possible, to stimulate theirimaginations and effect change in the way they use technology to tell storiesin theatre.Residency championCaroline Newall, Director of Artistic DevelopmentPrimary location www.arches.co.ukGlasgow 12
13 An image from their 2012 prouction of Peter Pan
Host #5: Visible FictionsMaking brilliant theatre for young peopleVisible Fictions is a renowned touring theatre company with over 21 years’experience. They are storytellers, collaborators, creators and innovators,constantly seeking news ways to develop and present work both in the UKand abroad. Working across both the creative and administrative teams, aresidency with Visible Fictions will give the Geek the opportunity to be anintegral part of this exciting company and a vital contributor in the creativeprocess of a new touring work. Why they want a geek-in-residence?They want to use technology in a show but don’t know how. They want tocreate a performance which uses the latest technology in a clever andcreative way to bring the audience into a virtual world and produce a trulyunique experience. We feel having a geek would give us the time to developideas and inform us of the possibilities. We need someone to bridge the gapbetween our ambitious ideas and what is possible, to shape, build and createa ground-breaking arts experience.Residency championDougie Irvine, Artistic DirectorPrimary locationGlasgow www.visibleﬁctions.co.uk/ 14
Apply at welcometosync.com/geeks by Mon May 6th 12pmYou will be asked the following questions• Name• Contact details• Location• Whether you are an independent freelancer or work through a company• Please concisely describe what kind of developer or designer you are• Please show us any key examples of work which you think are relevant to this role• Please tell us about your approach or methodologies that best describe your development or design process• Do you have any experience of working in the cultural sector?• This is not a typical piece of client work. What pitfalls do you imagine coming across if you were to be chosen?• Which hosts would you like to apply to work with and why? (You can choose one, many or apply to all)• Can you name a piece of art or cultural experience in the last year that meant something to you? What was it and what was it about it?• Do you have time in w/c May 13th for a quick chat?• What is the best value daily rate that you can charge for this project?• Are there any periods from June to December 2013 that you know you deﬁnitely cannot work? 16
Next stepsThis is the process once applications close• Applications close May 6th• Assessment and shortlisting by Sync producer team• Shortlisted applicants either interviewed by Skype or additional information requested• Five geeks conﬁrmed and matched to hosts by May 31st• Initial introduction to hosts in early June• Kick-off meeting date tbc• All residencies to have been completed by December 1st 2013Please note that selection is at the discretion of the Sync producer team. 17
Key information for applicantsThis slide repeat some information but it is important you understand the following before applying:This is not for you if• If you have a full time job with only spare evenings and weekends• If you will ﬁnd it difﬁcult to come to Scotland for events and on-site time• If you see this merely as a way of making some more money• If you don’t have any availability June through December this yearThis is for you if• You are able to communicate with and support people less digitally literate than you• You are able to generate and test project ideas quickly• You are interested in the new possibilities of where the arts meets digital technologies• You are open to learning from the host’s world and how they operate• You have a history and/or interest in experimenting, prototyping or hackingPlease also note that this is likely to be a very popular opportunity and we expect many moreapplications than we have capacity for. The absolute worst thing about running programmes like thisis not being able to make room for everyone and so the Sync team appreciate a) your patience whilewe review all the applications and make our choice and b) your willingness to take that risk. 18
Sync is a two-year programme for thecultural sector in Scotland – helping culturalorganisations develop more interesting andprogressive relationships with technology andtechnologists.Sync consists of the landmark Culture HackScotland event, this Geeks-in-Residenceprogramme, SyncTank the future-facing onlinemagazine and the Sync Sessions events.Sync is supported by Creative Scotland.Find out more at www.welcometosync.com. 20
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