Nick Bertke, also known as Pogo, is musician who specializes in the glitch remixes of works from Disney, Pixar, and various other companies, has been banned from the US from what appears to be some confusion over the type of visa he was using while touring.
Bertke was in a van with bandmates when they inadvertently passed the Canadian border. On the return into the United States he presented his visa waiver. The Visa Waiver Program allows citizens of specific countries to travel to the US for tourism or business for up to 90 days without having to obtain a visa. However, it apparently doesn’t apply to those working in the US, the way a work visa does.
As a result, Bertke was deported from the United States with a 10 year ban to go with it. Pogo does a lot of work in the US, including being presented as part of the YouTube Play exhibit at the Guggenheim in New York. He’s held talks on copyright and the function of his work. According to him, the US is the last place in the world he wants to be banned from.
The agency managing the tour never mentioned the type of visa that Bertke should have been using. After hearing of his detention, the agency as since removed Pogo from their client list and has cut off communication with the artist.
The artist has appealed to his following for advice, since the odds of him getting the ban overturned is weighed very heavily against him.
For those unfamiliar, here are some of his works:
Really? Ten fucking years over paperwork?