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1st of December to 16th of December 2017

Rowan Milligan

I am a masters student in urban studies on the trans-national program 4CITIES. I am also a member of the Squatting Europe Kollective, and previously squatted in London. I conduct research on the value and significance of squatting as an intervention into urban landscapes and as a challenge to neoliberal developments in the housing markets in contemporary cities.

My previous work looked at the inherently political nature of squatting, in opposition to the binary between squatting for desperation or need and squatting as a political project, suggesting these motives can be aligned and that it is always political to occupy space in the city.

Now I am interested in the relationship between squatting and broader struggles for decent housing in cities, and will look at Christiania as a historic case of reclaiming urban space for common good. I will also look at the extent to which the residents and actors in Christiania are engaged in other urban struggles within Copenhagen, in the past and also in the present and any tensions or alliances that have emerged as a result of this engagement.
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2nd of November to 30th of November 2017

Tina Carlisi

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I am an artist and doctoral candidate in Fine Arts from Montreal, Canada. Deeply inspired by the notion of possibility, my art practice strives to provide a poetic space to express an imaginary, incite action, or foster social connections. This is my second residency at CRIR. In August 2016, I participated in Utopia School in Christiania where I gave a presentation on the street theatre group Solvognen and facilitated an art action inspired by the troupe called White Rose Army. As a resident at CRIR, my research focused on Solvognen’s relationship to Copenhagen’s early squatter’s movement and the beginning years of Christiania.

During my residency, I will continue this research focus on Christiania as an artist town as part of my doctoral work on the interaction between communal living, learning and artistic expression. My artistic research project draws on the countercultural histories and living continuances of utopian thinking and their practical applications to communes and squatters’ movements. Integral to this inquiry are case studies of communities founded by people squatting on unused land in Europe where a strong tradition of autonomous cultures persists. In particular, I am interested in investigating notions of autonomy, free cultural spaces and the potential of friendship as a generative process for creativity and collaboration. Also vital to my research are interviews with women whose stories are largely underwritten in the histories of communes and squatters’ movements.

This doctoral research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

www.tinacarlisi.com

If you would like to chat over a cup of tea, just drop by the house or reach me by email at tinacarlisi@hotmail.com.
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3rd of October to 31st of October 2017

Jaap Draaisma and Patrice Riemens - Amsterdam

both have a backgound in urban activism

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Our research proposal and project is about what we have somewhat academically called 'democratic financial management and participatory governance'.
It finds its background in Christiana's epochal switch from a temporary autonomous zone into an officialy recognized, self-administered community, a shift that has been formalized by the sale to the Christiania Foundation of the whole area and all buildings presently occupied by the community.

The importance and consequences of this quantum jump in status can hardly be over-emphasized. It presents tremendous oportunities but also tremendous challenges.
What we see as the most important one, at least from the point of our research and experience-based knowledge, is how to reconcile the alternative (in the sense of non-mainstream) values and aspirations of the Christiania community of inhabitants with the limitations and obligations imposed by the outside world's rules and regulations.

Our major concern is to help finding out how to achieve true ownership of Christiania by its inhabitants now that it is on the way to have its title on official paper. We think to look at the challenges this poses _inside_ Christiania rather than at those coming from the outside.

It goes without saying that we do not pretend to come up with a 'solution' at the end of our stay - even if our residency lasted a years, it would still be a matter for the Christiania community to resolve, not for outside 'experts'.
However, both of us having some experience with community initiatives that can - up to a certain extent - be compared to Christiania, we may, in active involvement with Christianites, come up with some useful elements towards the fulfilment of Christiania's lofty aims for the coming years.

If, and whenever you like, please drop by the CRIR residency for a talk and a glass of tea!

Cheers from Jaap and Patrice (and the Dinosaurs! ;-)
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18th of September 2017

New Ukrainian Christiania documentary awarded



We are happy to tell you that our film which we decided to call ‘Humans of Christiania’ got it's first award at the Whale film festival yesterday!

And though it was a small film festival which took place at the city of Mariupol (which is a beautiful marine city at the East of Ukraine), we were still happy to finally present it to wider audience. ‘Humans of Christiania’ became a winner in short documentary section.

I must add that the most pleasant part of telling people about Christiania is not a possibility of getting awards, but reaction different people show after screening. One of our friends who was in a process of arranging his house territory was so impressed with Christiania lifestyle, that he decided not to build solid fence around the house  as people usually do in Ukraine, but to weld it himself and adorn with plants. It turned out to be very beautiful! And there were much more little but wondrous wins caused by people learning about Christiania

Elena Rubashevskaja

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1st of September to 30th of September 2017

LAILA HANSEN, Greenland

FILM and THEATRE MAKER

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Laila Hansen, worked in TV, film, theatre and sometimes teaching in drama/theatre. Both in Greenland and in Denmark and sometimes in other countries. For TV and film I work as a camera woman, editor, producer, director, actress, caster, make – up, etc. 
Years back I had Nils Vest of Christiania as a filmproducer for my documentary film: Inuk Woman City Blues. Christiania has been in my heart since I was young. 

The past years I have been working for Christiania TV ON and OFF, where I produced, shot and edited perhaps 10 or 20 docs, shows, shorties, experimental, portraits etc. 

www. Kanalhovedstaden.dk/christianiaTV/LailaHansen

There was a time at Christiania TV Fall 16/spring 17, 
where the spirit all over that place was good energy, collaborations, peace, love and happiness, hippiest corner of Christiania at times, creating, creating, creating surrounded by all different kind of talents, musicians, poets, dreamers, walkabouters and weirdoes. From all over the world. As I`ll will remember it: Dynamic, bombastic and damn Good TV. Good times. Lovely coleagues. We took over the Kanal Hovedstaden popular list, where top eight productions were made by Christiania TV
– then. 
Time out! Time is over. Things has changed and we`ve split after an intense year. Time always change something. Thank you Christiania TV and good luck in the future. 
Here you can find some of my productions:
www.youtube.com/Laila K Hansen
Artist in residence of Christiania september, 2017.
I am working on my own scripts and own projects - again. This time in peace. I hope.
Both productions are greenlandic but also contents scenes from Christiania.
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1st of August to 31st of August 2017

Dears (Cyrus and Monika)

Designers

Monika and Cyrus are DEARS - dreamers, explorers, alternate-reality seekers.
After a 5-week adventure traveling from Christiania through the former Soviet Union and back again, they will be spending a month here in residence speculating on the future of the Freetown.

As designers who work with technology, they are interested in what the Christiania of 2050 will look like. Will the unique culture be preserved? Or will it become a resort hotel, a former Utopian wasteland, or something far more banal.
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During their residency they will be creating speculative visions, through interactive objects, augmented spaces or virtual experiences to bring their visions to life.
In order to do this, they are hoping to immerse themselves in the Christianite culture, enjoying tea with residents to help inspire visions of the future.
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July 2017

New book release:

Christiania a Portrait Diary

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Thanks to Tolo and Troko (Fernando Trocóniz)

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7th of July to 30th of July 2017

Jokin Astorkia & Fernando Trocóniz

Architect and photographer

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We'll analize the urbanisim of Christiania in order to propose viable and sustainable changes (if needed) in order to improve and make the living for Christianites better and easier.
In the other hand, we'll also propose a long term project for the CRIR house itself. We'll also analize the house and it's surroundings and propose several other projects to be completed for future researchers (us included). Allways taking into account, not only the researchers needs, but also the neighbours's.

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1st of July to 6th of July 2017

Matous and Martin

Intermediate visitors

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1st of June to 30th of June 2017

Eric Andersson

Artist

I am an architect and an artist from Sweden.

During my stay at CRIR I will start up a research project, with the aim to identify and investigate a section(situation/phenomenon/place) of the surrounding nature of Christiania, search for hidden values and think forward about alternative values in urban environment.

My method will be direct and I will give myself a freedom to interpret this situation, but I also need knowledge about the context from locally active urban artists/activists/explorers, I am open for collaborations or explorations in group with others, if the possibility comes.

The project is open ended but I have a goal with this exploration to produce material that highlights the value in the ‘hidden’/‘found’ in this city section.
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4th of May to 31st of May 2017

Dan-Remi Hansen

mastersproject in Socialanthropology, University of Oslo

 Hey dear Christianites! Im 27 years of age, and right now im doing my mastersproject in anthropology at the University of Oslo.

My master is about Christiania, and how the christianites respond to the increased policeactivity surrounding pusherstreet after the shoot-out last year.

Read my intro here

Im more than happy to welcome visitors during my stay in the CRIR-house, so just stop by for a cup of coffee if you want, and if the weather is good maybe we can fire up the grill!

You can reach me on email or phone.

Phone: +4746506440

e-mail:
danremih@gmail.com
or
drhansen@student.sv.uio.no
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April 5th to May 3rd 2017

Andreas Kupsch

Gardener

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I am a 64 year german gardener that likes to support Christiania.
After having applied several years I finally got the chance to stay in this place. I will paint and clean the house.
I feel a certain commitment to help or support Christiania
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April 5th 2017

Olimpia Loddo

Research article on Christiania´s common law:

"Drawing an Unwritten Common Law: The Normative Pictograms of Christiania"

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Olimpia  I will illustrate an example of pictorial normative representation
expressing a set of norms that are fundamental to a community's very existence:
this is the case of Christiania Freetown's Common Law.

Olimpia was in CRIR September 2014
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March 2017

Livia Vajdova & Alice Stehlickova

Documentary film

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We are from Slovakia and Czech Republic and freshly graduated from the University of Southern Denmark in the Department of International Security and Law.

However, our project would be oriented artistically with the aim to make a documentary movie of everyday life in Christiania, which would be streamed in Christiania and possibly at other film festivals.
The documentary movie would not be the only outcome of our project.
We would love to organize a photography exhibition in Christiania, which would equally depict the everyday life in Christiania.

The aim of the documentary movie would be to raise the awareness about Christiania in order to show people different life-style and inspire them.
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February 2017

Predrag Milic and Viktor Hildebrandt

urban environmentalists - from CRIR visit october 2015

Released a new book on the physical space of politics:

POLITICAL SPACE MATTERS - ONLINE BOOK - CLICK HERE


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1st of February to 28th of February 2017

Georgia Taylor-Berry & Kim Johnson

architect and urban designer

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Through Cities is a collaborative project between an architect (Georgia Taylor-Berry) and an urban designer (Kim Johnson), which will culminate in a publication.

We have spent the past two years documenting an urban transect across fifteen countries between Australia and Denmark. The project documents the diverse pedagogies, cultures, ethnographies, urban environments and architecture found in cities by using various cross disciplinary methodologies (such as: interview, photographic, street and sound studies or abstract interpretations).

Through Cities attempts to advance ones understanding of the complexity of urban environments, provoke thought and bridge discourse about the ways we live in cities. Layered and often complex themes such as those associated with socialism, religion, language, culture, identity or ethnicity, are represented through outputs that communicate and stimulate thought about these issues, reaching and binding a broad audience.

We have explored urban conditions that have been extremely varied and unique in nature, from the planned cities if Chandigarh, the fine grained metropolis of Tokyo and the intensely over populated megacity of Dhaka. Christiania and Copenhagen will serve as integral points of difference to these previously studied spaces. We are looking forward to becoming a part of and learning from this unique community.
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Sunday 29th of January

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5th of January to 30th of January

Elena Rubashevska

Director and film critic

Born in Donetsk, Ukraine.

Accompanied by Dmytro M. (camera)

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‘I’m going to Christiania’ – I said to my parents, and my mother looked at me all shocked, and my father grumbled ‘They all weed-smokers and drugs-addicts out there’.

‘I’m going to Christiania’ – I said to my friends, and they asked me ‘What? Is it one of that things connected to religion you’re always interested in?’. And only one of them exclaimed: ‘Whoa, somebody’s going to have a great time! Bring me something’ – and he winked meaningfully.

That is the common perception of Christiania in my country, Ukraine. With its old-school society and still more soviet (even then post-soviet) perspective on life, the most people there are very suspicious to everything, that doesn’t fall into category of “how it should be”. And it should be like that: you are born, go to school, later – to university, than you should get married, have a couple of children, and go to a 9-to-18 workday until you are retired. Pretty normal, pretty boring. And the people who don’t lead such a life – there’s probably going to be something wrong with them!

Not only the way of living, but my pink hair and modest tattoo, as well as my boyfriend’s piercing can be a sticking point while communicating with people in Ukraine. Not to mention the all radical forces that have recently risen in our country who don’t tolerate anything connected with otherness…

Getting the opportunity of being a part of Christiania for almost one whole month, with discovering the Freetown for ourselves, we also aimed to discover it for Ukraine through documentary we’re going to make. Despite a lot of information one can find in Internet, Christiania still seems to be strange, and distant, and suspicious, and mysterious. That’s why we want to show the faces of this place, the people, who live here, who work here, who run businesses here, raise children here, create, dream, develop themselves.   

We deeply believe, that example of Freetown’s social experiment can be not only informative, but encouraging as well as inspiring, and that’s why we are here: to learn from the humans of Christiania.

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