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Once upon a time, it took 5 weeks to travel from New Zealand to Europe; today, our remoteness has a different quality. On Saturday, March 19th, New Zealand artists are invited to ponder the impact of geographical isolation in the wired world at re:mote, a one-day experimental festival exploring remoteness and technology. Organized by r a d i o q u a l i a and ((ethermap, re:mote features artists and commentators from London, Newcastle, Helsinki, Rotterdam and Sydney presenting via live video stream, alongside presenters from around New Zealand and keynote speaker Tetsuo Kogawa (Tokyo). Participants will analyse how digital technologies can augment collaborations across geographical and cultural distances, and ask questions like 'Is remote a relative concept?' As New Zealanders have a lived understanding of remoteness, it's appropriate that we host this event--the first in a series that is planned to travel around the world. - Helen Varley Jamieson.