Thomas-Xavier Christiane

Tales of a random guy.

 
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In 2011, I engaged in communication and journalism studies at IHECS in Brussels. I aborted these studies before graduating as a bachelor. My main achievements during this period were a 15 pages résumé of an anthropological study about schismogenesia and the video portrait of a guy who thought he was a pinguin.

In 2015, I traveled in South East Asia for four months. During this period of time I maintained a blog (that does not exist anymore) documenting my daily observations in the streets of four different countries. I was also able to do three weeks of observant participation in a traditional familial Thai pharmaceutical company. 

In 2015, I engaged in studies of photography at the Agnes Varda school in Brussels. I aborted these studies after one year. During this period, I was trained to basic layout design by a graphic design agency in Brussels and I performed several assignments as a photographer (Institutional/corporate, private events and weddings, portraits and landscapes).

In April 2016, I entered a plane heading to the international airport of Nice in France. From there, I took a bus and arrived in the city of Cannes. During ten days, I was employed by a local photographic agency to take portraits of the people celebrating the local international film festival. I was hired the year after to do the same job at the same festival. During the two festival I experienced undocumented observant participation of the living conditions, myths and rituals of undocumented and underprivileged workers in France. I undertook to engage in a full summer season as an employee but, due to an unfavorable commercial period, I simply gave up the ambitions of a career consisting of indefinitely photographing babies on a beach before the term of my verbal contract. 

In October 2016, I traveled to Nepal. After trekking there, I engaged in an internship for the India Habitat Center in New Delhi. However, my plan was compromised by the so called « demonetization » crisis that saw a billion being depraved the right to execute financial transactions. While leaving this madness, I ended up doing a short stay in Kashmir.

In May 2016, I published on Tumblr an article about the French election. It was later qualified as « better than today’s journalism. » by some guy off record.

In November 2017, I traveled to Nepal. There, I covered the local elections in a series of articles for the previous form of this blog. I did also documented observations of a five days bus journey in the remote areas of Nepal and about the networks of people lobbying for the rights of street dogs in Kathmandu for a short time frame.

In January 2018, I went back in Kashmir and I wrote a book about it. It’s a specialized and documented diary that explains what the people are living in a conflict zone. It’s based on real experiences.

In August 2018, I moved to Kathmandu where I began to study online courses:

  • International Relations Theory

  • Introduction to Philosophy

  • Introduction to Human Rights

  • Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Comparing Theory and Practice

  • Network Dynamics of Social Behavior

  • International Humanitarian Law in Theory and Practice

  • Paradoxes of War (Introduction to Military Sociology and History)

During my stay in Nepal, I trained boxing two hours a day in a Hindu temple for six months (PAF!), I defeated altitude sickness and lack of budget on the way to the Everest Base Camp and I walked seven day to reach a cheese shop.

The 12th of September 2019, while sitting in a coffee shop in Beirut, I finished and certified my 39 weeks online specialization in Methods and Statistics in Social Sciences from the University of Amsterdam.

 

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If you had the patience to read this page, you can click here to discover a series of electronic music productions I’ve done while bored. « You deserve it. »