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24th of November to 22nd of December 2018

Roxanne Glick

landscape architect

Rox
I am a masters of landscape architecture student from the University of Washington in Seattle. I'm currently on a Valle Fellowship in Copenhagen to study housing ownership models and how they affect the creation of common spaces and people's sense of community and ownership in their homes. Over four months I'm doing case studies different types of community-controlled housing including social housing (almene boliger), private cooperatives (andelsforeninger), and Christiania.

My research is asking of each housing model: In what forms of community ownership, resident democracy and self-management do residents feel ownership over common spaces and affect the original and ongoing design process and creation of physical space? Is a sense of community ownership over common spaces unique and valuable for creating a sense of belonging, community, solidarity? In the scope of my project, Christiania is one end of the spectrum with strong community control over housing and its common spaces. It is instructional and inspirational that such places exist, and thus I would like to provide an accurate account of it as part of my research project, presented alongside other housing models.

I am interested in what strategies might be applicable to the Seattle area and US context. Christiania's success could spark Seattleites' imaginations about what it would be like if the Native American occupation of a Seattle army base Fort Lawton in 1970 had succeeded. As the affordable housing crisis in Seattle deepens, there is discussion of re-purposing public golf courses for affordable housing. The real, legitimate, and radical story of Christiania would push the boundaries of public debate in Seattle, which prides its self for being open-minded and is open to new ideas in the face of our housing crisis.

I plan to share the knowledge I gain in my larger project (including a case study on Christiania) through one or more public presentations and articles to an academic audience and housing/urbanist audience in Seattle and potentially through an exhibit at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle with other Valle-funded work. I will make a podcast episode for the We Belong podcast about Christiania to be distributed though Cascadia Underground in Seattle.

I am seeking a handful of Chrisianites who would like to be interviewed about their experiences living in the community. I would also like to hold an event a week before the end of my stay to elicit feedback on draft versions of the podcast episode and case study report so I can make changes before releasing revised versions electronically to the community for more feedback before they are released publicly.
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31st of October to 6th of November

Andreas Kupsch

Gardener

Back on the block
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1st of October to 31st of October 2018

Zara Burton - and Alexander Burton

The public/media discussion surrounding Christiania is focused on the tensions that arise from Pusher St.
I would want to create an experiemental map during my time that celebrates the ecological diversity and the radical and innovative culture of cooperation. 

I would plan on walking the site with residents to create the map and also find locals with extensive knowledge of the biodiversity of the landscape and its history.
I'd present it with an accompanying research summary to the community and then circulate a press release focusing on Danish Media and English media channels through a managed and strategic pr campaign.

Hopefully. the mapping exercise will allow people the public, media, and maybe even the residents to see the site with fresh eyes and optimism - strengthening the message.about the vital role that Christiania plays in society. 

Zara Burton
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9th of September to 30th of September 2018

Jilly Traganou

Researcher

Jilly

I am an architect by training, and Associate Professor at Parsons School of Design in New York.
During my residence at CRIR I will look at the socio-material making of Christiania as a space of prefigurative politics.
“Prefigurative” politics strive to provide living examples of alternative social formations, by creating the new “in the shell of the old.” Through my research, I will try to find out how residents of Christiania created such a space, whether Christiania has inspired other such prefigurative political spaces, and what is its relation with more recent groups that also strive for socio-political change.

Looking at Christiania’s history, I am also interested to examine the changes from the “insurgent autonomy” that characterized its emergence in the early 1970s to the “regulated autonomy” that we see today in the new articulation of Christiania’s relation to the city and the state through the so-called process of “normalization” (Coppola and Vanolo). During my research I will focus on the ways prefiguration is achieved by spatial and material actions. I am particularly interested to look at collective processes and regulatory frameworks, such as the thematic meetings of Christiania, especially the building, house and common meetings, as well as the new processes of building approval that are necessitated in the context of “normalization.”

My research findings will appear in my forthcoming edited volume Design and Political Dissent: Spaces, Objects, Materiality (Routledge). You can find more about my academic profile here: Parsons School of Design
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6th of September 2018 to 8th of September 2018

Shelagh Wright and Peter Jenkinson

Researchers

Peter and Shelagh are at the CRIR House Freetown Christiania for an initial short stay to help make links between the work of the CRIR House and other cultural research spaces seeking enquiry into resistance, deviance and independence as well as relationships with more formal progressive 'politics' in Copenhagen, and Denmark and wider contexts. This brief residency will build on the work of David and Ruwanthie with whom they often collaborate and will continue into the future.

There are three core strands to Peter and Shelagh's current work:- exploring positive deviance around the world; working with the new municipalism movement: and supporting radical progressive politics based on creative and cultural development.

They will use their time in CRIC House to learn more about how the community creates decision-making and consensus, how it relates to the wider community of Copenhagen within which it is situated, and how its story could be shared and amplified.

Whilst at CRIC House Peter and Shelagh will also meet with the Copenhagen City Deputy Mayor for Culture and two Danish MPs from the Alternativet Party for whom they act as UK Ambassadors.

Peter and Shelagh are cultural change agents and creative brokers based in London but working extensively around the world supporting the 'underpower' of creative deviance and development in multiple communities with a range of cultural, civic and intermediary actors.

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30th of August to 6th of September 2018

David Cotterrell and Ruwanthie de Chickera

Researchers


David Ru
are in Freetown Christiania in order to consider lessons to be learnt from alternate urban communities.

They are seeking to explore and compare the governing principles of closed communities - be they military bases, diplomatic enclaves, refugee camps, cooperative moorings, prisons or squatter collectives - in order to understand some of the fundamental similarities and differences. Ruwanthie and David will use their time at CRIR to learn more about the unique organisational systems of the Freetown area and its community.

Within the context of their ongoing Empathy and Risk project, they hope to develop curatorial methods to facilitate arts based interventions and arts led conversations concerning the parallels and contradictions in these seemingly mutually exclusive communities.

David Cotterrell Biography:

David Cotterrell is an installation artist working across media and technologies to explore the social and political tendencies of a world at once shared and divided. Encapsulating the roles of programmer, producer and director, Cotterrell works to develop projects that reveal complexity, challenge linear narratives and embrace the quiet spaces that are overlooked as the sites for action.

Cotterrell’s work has been commissioned and shown extensively in museums, galleries and the public realm within Europe, North America and Asia. He has worked in conflicted landscapes, has been a consultant to strategic masterplans, and has developed cultural and public art policy for urban regeneration, healthcare and growth areas. He is Research Professor in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University and a recipient of the Philip Leverhulme Prize.

Further information can be found at http://www.cotterrell.com

Ruwanthie de Chickera Biography:

Ruwanthie de Chickera is a playwright, screen-writer, theatre director and cultural activist. De Chickera has a strong belief in the practice, politics and philosophy of ‘devising’ – a theatre approach of collective creativity and leadership that challenges existing structures of authorship, power sharing and change.

Her award winning film “Machan” has been screened in over 50 countries. De Chickera is artistic director of Stages Theatre Group, an ensemble theatre company that produces socially and politically conscious original Sri Lankan Theatre. She is an Eisenhower Fellow and head of Research and Writing of the Arts and Cultural Policy Desk in Sri Lanka, a citizens initiative, mandated to draft the National Arts and Cultural Policy for Sri Lanka

Further information can be found at http://www.dechickera.com
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24th of August to 29th of August 2018

ANDREAS KUPSCH

Gardener

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11th of August 2018 to 24th of August

Nowtopia

Courtesy the organizers:

Pipaluk and Tash Verco


Homepage here

ALICE STEHLICKOVA

Showing her and Dmitry´s movie in the Grey Hall:

Freetopia

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30th of July to 10th of August 2018

KING AYISOBA

World famous musician and his group from Ghana is back in Christiania

ayisoba
Courtesy Knud Erik Kristensen
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July 2018

tina carlisi

New essay in Seismopolite.com focus on
Christiania, Ruigoord, ADM and Flydende By

- read it here:

Free Cultural Spaces: Freedom of Expression in Autonomous Geographies

or download as .pdf here
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26th of June to 26th of July 2018

Swing lam

Artist

Swing Lam (b.1986, Hong Kong) specialises in various art forms, including painting, performance art, temporary architecture research and is involved in cultural and urban sketching studies. Swing2
He writes arts and cultural columns for Ming Pao and Stand News amongst others.
He earned a bachelor degree of Visual Arts in HKBU and a MA intercultural studies in CUHK and is one of the fotanian artists concentrated on drawing, painting and happenings.
Swing started the project Flaneur 11 on 2012 spring; a project of walking across 10 cities over the world.
Swing showed his project in Atelier Muji gallery as his first solo exhibition in spring 2013. RTHK also made a documentary of his work in January 2013. In 2014, he developed a facebook page to introduce and study some of the featured architecture, tools and creations found.
It helped the public look into the temporary facilities from an artistic point of view. In the project Swing embraced his experience of walking through cities and his interaction with the public in this public space.
Swing was working as a Lecturer in Lingnan University Community college for Art and design courses, and currently a Tutor in Shau Kee School of Creativity.
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1st of June 2018 to 30th of June 2018

Jan Redzisz

cultural analyst with a background in ethnography

His current ongoing project introduces elements of Systems Theory into innovation and urbanism agenda.

jan
He will explore Christiania from its inner-creativity perspective to document its overall potential in incubating new, alternative lifestyles and solutions, as well as possible ways for them to positively influence innovation exchange with non-utopian communities.

In order to understand what enables that exchange, Jan will look into Christiania's DIY spirit, use of new media, freedom of expression, and overall resourcefulness.
Jan's new way of picturing communities as clusters and hubs could help Christianites see their new hidden roles on the innovation landscape, locally and globally.
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1st of May to 31st of May 2018

Andreas Kupsch

Gardener

Revisiting the CRIR and doing repair work
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Friday 27th of April 2018

Livia Vajdova & Alice Stehlickova

Documentary film Premiere in Byens Lys, Christiania

Link to movie homepage and trailer: https://freetopiafilm.com film
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April 2018

Film: Humans of Christiania

by Elena Rubashevska & Dimitry Melnyk

awarded for the 3.time

best

in cluy, Romania

Link to documentary film Humans of Christiania here

At the end of the April 2018we had Humans of Christiania screened at Cluj Shorts International Film Festival, and got our first international award for best short documentary
elena

elena

The film is shot while staying at the CRIR residence in January 2017.

Humans of Christiania was also

awarded in Zhovkva, Ukraine in November 2017

(Best Documentary+Special Mention)
- And the film was also

awarded at Mariupol in east Ukraine

in September 2017
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30th of March 2018 to 30th of April 2018

FREJ HAAR

Bachelor of Integrated Conservation of Built Environment

I am a bachelor student in Integrated Conservation of Built Environment from the University of Gothenburg.
Frej

A year ago, I wrote a thesis in history of built environment about Autogena on Dyssen. I am now returning to Christiania to write my bachelor thesis.
In this thesis I am interested in the Christianites’ own interest of preservation. This will involve interviewing residents about their feelings in relation to not only the built environment, but also less tangible things like sense of place identity and community.

Together, we will walk around in Christiania and in a sense, map out places of interests and feelings. My goal is to be able to hold a workshop about the work I have gathered in the later part of April, or at a later time. If the workshop is possible, the result of that would be a fanzine constructed entirely by residents.

I hope to participate in community meetings and I wish that this becomes a thesis where I can exchange information with you, instead of falling into the all too common trap for research: only benefitting the academic sphere more than local interests.

Coming from a conservation perspective, I lean towards cultural geography and subjective mapping. Zine-making has been a hobby for me for many years, and I would love to be able to incorporate it into my thesis.
I have a background in political activism (transgender rights, anarchism, environmental issues) and I am also a spoken word poet.
If you are interested in being interviewed for the thesis, please do not hesitate to contact me, either through email
(gusbidfr(snabel-a)student.gu.se)
or send me a text (+46709656638).

Jeg taler dansk!

Or you could just come knock on my door! I am always there with coffee.
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2. of Januar to 31. of Januar 2018

Samuel Lancaster

Writing an article about legal cannabis

Samuel
After travelling through the North America I am writing an article about legal cannabis in the different states and provinces.

Samuel Lancaster Jakobsen
Cand.Soc.
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