15 things you can do to help me out

Being unemployed has its advantages - plenty of free time, but it doesn’t bring in much cash unfortunately. I really would like to go to Moscow this April to see my friends with whom I studied and now haven’t seen for 10 years. I also really would like to go to Riga in the end of April and to see my mom, who will be turning 65. 

I don’t have a job at the moment and my savings are running out. Both trips require some investment: I need to go to Riga first in March to change my passport and to get the visa to Russia (total needed 280 euro) and then the April trip itself (264 euro), so in total it is 544 euro, hence the name “500 euro project”.

Please help me to raise 500 euro so that I see my friends and my mom. You can hire me as (in no particular order):

  • A coordinator of large scale research projects: design and planning of the study, motivation of the initial participants of the project, preparation of instructions and templates for data gathering, finding people whose expertise is crucial for project to succeed. For example, see our recent project with 22 countries involved, currently it has grown to 33 participating countries.

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  • A creator of scientific communities and networks: I’ve initiated Russian Association of Psychology Students back in 2002, which runs up this day; plenty of conferences, workshops, seminars, discussion groups organized in the framework of that Association. In 2006 I started a seminar group on time perspective research in Moscow, which further grown into International Network on Time Perspective with now 2nd International Conference in preparation (to be held in August in Poland).
  • Photographer: browse through my website, flickr, 500px to get a better overview of my work. I have exhibited my work in Umeå, Riga and Copenhagen. My work was published in Moscow and Copenhagen. You can also buy my art work.

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  • Personal guide in Copenhagen: please visit Alternative Copenhagen for more info and to get the idea of the tours I offer.

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  • Organizer of exhibitions or movie screenings: so far I arranged two photo exhibits and screening of a documentary movie by Tomas Leach about Saul Leiter in Copenhagen (during the Copenhagen Photo Festival 2013). One more event is planned for the Copenhagen Photo Festival 2014.
  • Interviewer for radio programs: I made an interview for a Danish internet radio with my turkish flute teacher, Cahit Ece.
  • Student supervisor: I have a vast experience in guiding students through their course work or thesis projects - I worked as a Student Scientific Society coordinator in Moscow; currently supervise a few students in different levels: BA, MA and PhD.
  • Soup maker - I love to make soups! I rarely follow a specific recipe, I like to experiment. 

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  • Translator: Russian - English; I worked as a translator for a university publishing house, translating the article abstracts; I also have experience of being the live interpreter.
  • Teacher of Russian - haven’t tried this before, but I am a native speaker :)
  • Music teacher - haven’t tried this either, but I learned to play piano since I was 5, currently play a bit of guitar and harmonica, am learning turkish traditional flute. I know the basics of music theory and can read music. I can’t prepare you or your kid to become a world known pianist, but I can teach the basics and expand music curiosity. 

  • Ceramist - am no professional, but here are my creations. It would be a long term project though, but I for sure would enjoy this!

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  • Your personal shit manager: got too many things, but don’t have the time and guts to go through them? I can help with that! I can ask all the difficult questions, like: “Do you really need that?”, “When was the last time you used it?”, “What will happen if it will not be here any more?”, I can help rearrange things and to create more space! 

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  • Certified ebru teacher: I can teach you the basics of traditional paper marbling technique, ebru, and to make things like that:

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Otherwise you can also rent out our apartment in Copenhagen if you’re planning a trip here. 

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15m3 | day 15 | in-between on Flickr.modern art is not really self explanatory.. you really need to know the context of what was happening - at the exhibit we only see the result of a thought process and in order to appreciate it  we need to get into the narrative that was accompanying the artist in the act of producing his/her art pieces.. 
what was the starting point? how was it evolving in-between? what were the alternatives?.. the whole decision-making process is hidden from the viewer - we only get the final result, which would probably made sense if we’d known all the intermediate steps that had lead to it, the full tree of decisions..  however, we’re left to wonder about the final result of this tedious thought process and all the reductions in-between. I’m usually extremely puzzled and have no idea .. 
if you’re lucky to attend the artist talk - then many things fall into their places.. otherwise it remains as a random object rather than art.. out of context… yet another bubble.. 
if there is no one to tell that this sand came from Australia and it is supposed to explore the role of art in the climate change debate by stating how much tons of carbon emissions it has produced by bringing it all the way to Denmark.. if there is no one to tell you this, the red sand remains as just the red sand on the floor of a room… 
however, even knowing all of the above, it doesn’t really help in overcoming the amotivation in my opinion, at the best it will make people wonder, but not to take action.

15m3 | day 15 | in-between on Flickr.

modern art is not really self explanatory.. you really need to know the context of what was happening - at the exhibit we only see the result of a thought process and in order to appreciate it we need to get into the narrative that was accompanying the artist in the act of producing his/her art pieces..

what was the starting point? how was it evolving in-between? what were the alternatives?.. the whole decision-making process is hidden from the viewer - we only get the final result, which would probably made sense if we’d known all the intermediate steps that had lead to it, the full tree of decisions.. however, we’re left to wonder about the final result of this tedious thought process and all the reductions in-between. I’m usually extremely puzzled and have no idea ..

if you’re lucky to attend the artist talk - then many things fall into their places.. otherwise it remains as a random object rather than art.. out of context… yet another bubble..

if there is no one to tell that this sand came from Australia and it is supposed to explore the role of art in the climate change debate by stating how much tons of carbon emissions it has produced by bringing it all the way to Denmark.. if there is no one to tell you this, the red sand remains as just the red sand on the floor of a room…

however, even knowing all of the above, it doesn’t really help in overcoming the amotivation in my opinion, at the best it will make people wonder, but not to take action.

finally! | day 13 | in-between on Flickr.trying to let go off something that most probably won’t be happening again, at least not in the near future, but it’s not that easy to just shut off the brain, it is still on the lookout and given the opportunity produces an idea.. an idea that burns your mind, an idea that makes you curious again in things you’re trying to move away from, an idea that leads to dialogue and maybe collaboration and most probably more abstract numbers, but it’s impossible to just stop producing ideas.. just like it’s impossible not to be happy when the sun finally shows it-self brightly and strongly…

finally! | day 13 | in-between on Flickr.

trying to let go off something that most probably won’t be happening again, at least not in the near future, but it’s not that easy to just shut off the brain, it is still on the lookout and given the opportunity produces an idea.. an idea that burns your mind, an idea that makes you curious again in things you’re trying to move away from, an idea that leads to dialogue and maybe collaboration and most probably more abstract numbers, but it’s impossible to just stop producing ideas.. just like it’s impossible not to be happy when the sun finally shows it-self brightly and strongly…

ebru | day 10 | in-between on Flickr.unfortunately this brief ebru course is finished, but it seemed like a warm exotic summer happened in the middle of the winter! so much life and color and flavor happened in these two and a half days, that it just can’t be an end.. it’s only a beginning I’m sure! 
however, I wonder, how to preserve all this warmth and color? how not to lose it in the happenenings of everyday? …

ebru | day 10 | in-between on Flickr.

unfortunately this brief ebru course is finished, but it seemed like a warm exotic summer happened in the middle of the winter! so much life and color and flavor happened in these two and a half days, that it just can’t be an end.. it’s only a beginning I’m sure!

however, I wonder, how to preserve all this warmth and color? how not to lose it in the happenenings of everyday? …