Other Story

Other Story is an independant film project. We collect stories and gather voices.

Jan is 19 years old and from Syria. We borrowed a car, to shelter us from the rain, and Jan told us about his love of music, singing, and how he dreams about becoming a citizen.

This is the third short-film in the series of Other Story films, dedicated to all the refugees and immigrants who face uncertainty every day around the world.

We met Elias from Syria, six hours after he had arrived on the Island of Kos together with 25 other refugees, on an inflatable boat.

Some hours later, without having slept, he sat down with us, and shared some of his reflections.

This voice belongs to Ali, whom we met on Kos, Greece, just after he travelled from Bodrum, Turkey, in a leaking boat. While waiting for some documents, we spoke to him about love, dreams and Iraq.

 

Posted in Movers & shakers, Population

FORTŒLLINGER I KILDEGROTTEN

INVITATION 
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Skærmbillede 2015-09-09 kl. 16.31.24
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I efterårets tidlige tusmørke inviterer Inga Gerner Nielsen i samarbejde med billedkunstner Marit Benthe Norheim os til at samle sig for at lytte til – og dele fortællinger inde i Kildegrotten som del af projekt Liv & Lys i Søndermarken.

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Fredag den 18. september kl. 19:00,
samt lørdag den 19.september kl. 17:00. 
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Fotoserie, Kildekonens grotte, ved MB norheim, fotos Claus Ørntoft (1) (1)

Foto: Claus Ørntoft

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Kildegrottens fortrolige, Sanne Olsen, og kildegrottens kunstner, Marit Benthe Norheim, vil hver sin aften være til stede for at fortælle Marie Villads historie. – Kildekonen, hvis liv og digte er udgangspunkt for grottens kunstneriske bearbejdelse. Herefter vil Inga initiere en fortællende bevægelse tilbage i de tilstedeværendes egne livshistorier og fantasiverdener. Som centrum for hver af forællingerne står hver af Kildegrottens skupturelle øer:
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VANDET / KILDEN
FANTASIEN
KÆRLIGHEDEN
DEN UNGE KROP
FØDSLEN
OVERLEVELSEN
DEN GAMLE
DET ÅNDELIGE ASPEKT
KILDEKONENS DIGTE
MUSIKKEN
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Alle forællinger vil omkrandses af Kildegrottens rumlige lydbillede, komponeret af Tonje Teresse a.k.a Walking Mermaid.
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Fotoserie, Kildekonens grotte, ved MB norheim, fotos Claus Ørntoft (10)

Foto: Claus Ørntoft

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Aftenernes tema 
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Ønsket om at invitere til disse aftener udspringer af Inga og Benthes samtaler, mens de lagde mosaikker af vand i Kildegrotten forrige år. Her ledte Benthes fortællinger om Kildekonens Marie Villads vilje til at digte Ingas tanker ind i Virginia Woolf’s bog Eget Værelse. Woolf tager i bogen sin læser med på en ung studerendes søgning på universitetsbiblioteket efter kvinder i litteraturens historie. Her finder hun frem til, at kvinden kun optræder i mandens skrift om hende. Kvindernes egne historier, derimod, blev dengang kun fortalt mundligt i dagligstuens og køkkenets fællesskab, mens de arbejdede med huslige pligter. For at kunne skrive, forklarer Woolf, måtte kvinden have midler til at sidde for sig selv med ro til sit kunstneriske arbejde, i sit eget værelse.
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Marie Villads fandt i slutningen af sit liv sådan et rum i Søndremarkens kildegrotte. Her kunne hun som kildekone lade fantasien flyde frit sammen med kilden – og samtidig tjene lidt til overlevelsen ved at sælge kildevand og digte. Derfor skal Kildekonens virke fejres netop i 100 året for kvindernes stemmeret.
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Kildekonen Marie Villads (1832-1908)

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Kvinderne er i dag begyndt at skrive. Heldigvis. Men måske er vi nu alle gået så langt ind i vore egne værelser for at arbejde selvstændigt, at vi er holdt op med at dele historierne i de fælles stuer? De historier, som aldrig blev skrevet ned, er måske gået tabt, idet de ikke længere overleveres? Måske fordi vi mangler rum? I Kildegrotten kan vi lade disse rum gå i eet. Her kan vi med kunsten som centrum for denne bevægelse søge nye (inspireret af gamle) måder at støtte og inspirere hinandens liv.
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Læs mere om Kildegrotten på Marit Benthe Norheims hjemmeside.
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Information om deltagelse
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Man kan både komme til ‘Fortællinger i Kildegrotten’ uden at kende nogen i forvejen. Man kan også komme som en lille gruppe af venner eller familie, som ønsker at prøve at dele livserfaringer på en ny måde med udgangspunkt i Kildegrottens kunstværker.
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Skriv til kildegrottenevent@gmail.com for at melde dig eller din gruppe til. Der er begrænset antal pladser i kildegrotten. Du vil derfor modtage en bekræftelse per email af din tilmelding.
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Du er også meget velkommen til at skrive og stille spørgsmål om eventet.
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Arrangementet varer omtrent to en halv time.
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Medbring 50 kr. til aftenens traktement, som vil bestå af the, småkager og andre snacks.
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NB: Sanne Olsen er tilstede d. 18 september. Og Marit Benthe Norheim d.19.september.
Arrangementet er venligst støttet af Frederiksbergs Fritidsudvalg
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Posted in Outside category

The Boarding School har åbnet sine døre

Gode stemninger på Inkonst.

A Mode Stepping into The Protector of the Archive, opening the archive.

A Mode Stepping into The Protector of the Archive, opening the archive.

Frem til 20. september 2015 er kunst- og kulturhuset Inkonst i det centrale Malmø omdannet til en kostskole. Bag initiativet står Sisters Academy, og lederen af skolen, Gry Worre Hallberg, har etableret The Boarding School for at finde ud af, hvad der sker, når undervisning tager udgangspunkt i kunstneriske og poetiske aspekter. Allerede den første dag havde 30 personer ladet sig indskrive til både skole og overnatning.

Student at theremin class.

Student at theremin class.

Det rationelle

-Den normale undervisning, fx på danske folkeskoler, tager jo afsæt i en tro på det rationelle og den økonomiske produktivitet. Vores projekt her på Inkonst har en kritisk holdning til den samfundsstruktur, som hylder industrialiseringen og det økonomiske, siger Gry Worre Hallberg.

Sammen med 30 danske performere arbejder hun i døgndrift på, at de besøgende på The Boarding School bliver udfordret af forskellige universer og installationer.

Visiting teachers, artists and researchers and Sisters Academy students and staff in the dining hall doing the dinner ritual.

Visiting teachers, artists and researchers and Sisters Academy students and staff in the dining hall doing the dinner ritual.

 

Klassisk form

-Vi har valgt den klassiske kostskoleform, hvor folk overnatter på skolen. Vi tror på, at det stimulerer den kritiske tankegang. Som gæst på The Boarding School vil man opleve forførende paradokser, og vi vil gerne understøtte de refleksioner, som finder sted, mens man bevæger sig rundt på Inkonst, siger Gry Worre Hallberg.

Evening Entertainment with Dorit Chrysler.

Evening Entertainment with Dorit Chrysler.

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photo: diana lindhardt // The I of Sisters Academy

 

 

 

Posted in Long term transformation, Movers & shakers, Sensing & aestethic experiences, Sensuous Society

KINSKI – avantgarde cinema and performance art on the Danish countryside

At House of Futures we are well aware that visions for the future and ideas on overcoming demographic, ecological or national/international political challenges are not always created in strategic planning sessions. No, very concrete visions of the future will sometimes spring from journeys through unknown, yet strangely familiar landscapes; in a sudden strong sense of belonging to a place not yet created.

This summer Inga G. Nielsen, one of the three performance artists from House of Futures, and a group of new and old friends found a place like that in Tolne, a small countryside village on the edge of the dark forest in Vendsyssel, the very North of Denmark. This blog shortly introduces their vision, the association and finally how they will introduce KINSKI, an  avantgarde cinema and performance art residency – and thereby put TOLNE on the map of the cultural exchange program TANDEM Europe.

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KINSKI in-spe in the small town of Tolne

KINSKI is a small association of artists and cultural entrepreneurs gathered in a little village on the tip of Denmark. Its architectural basis is an ancient dairy, which is currently being restored into a venue for cinematographic expression and solo performance art. Carefully embedded into the local social sphere of the village on the one hand and with a strong basis in the international art scene on the other, it challenges the urban assumption of the european countrysides being abandoned to right-wing populists. Activities therefor center around the involvement of local refugees in curation, organization and artistic expression.

Inga writes:

Tolne is such a wonderfully strange place. Perhaps the closest you can come to TWIN PEAKS in Denmark. That summer, last year when Johannes and I visited Tolne and Frederik and Asger showed us the old dairy factory they had just bought in order to start their cinema, we started dreaming with them. Dreaming for real. Of a life up there. A life in a rural area, in which we would be able to live and do what we love among people so different from us, touching ground locally, whilst expanding our European network. We are motivated to bring other artists up here, because we expect them to enjoy letting their work and current thinking be inspired by the local spirit/s of Tolne. A place so far away from the city, but where challenges such as the coming of Syrian refugees (walking the roads between the refugee center and Hjørring) become ever more visible. With the support of ‘Venligboerne’ (the local initiative to welcome refugees), our ambition is to involve those other new arrivals to the extent, where they will be able to take on the task of running the house in periods. This includes curating the movie- and possibly the performance art program. We know from our own experience how artistic work builds a sense of self and value. KINSKI is thus our way to create a place of high artistic and personal value for ourselves and other “foreigners” in this somewhat unheimliche land of the Danish countryside.

I have experienced in earlier projects how performance art can facilitate strong encounters between two parties alien to each other. For instance by adding a fictional level to the House of Futures seminar-series ‘In 100 Years’ (http://in100y.dk) or at events for and about the conditions of asylum seekers in Copenhagen with the performance collective Club de la Faye and other groups. The performance artist can – in the best case – turn into the strange Other, that allows for the alien parties to meet whilst observing a third “thing”.

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Klaus Kinski, German actor.

URBAN STANDARDS FOR ARTISTIC PRODUCTION ON THE COUNTRY SIDE

The ambition of KINSKI is to work under the assumption of urban standards in curation and reception, whilst producing on and for the countryside. We therefor assume our collaborators (locals & refugees) to be/come ready for a meeting within the paradigmatic art forms of modernity and post-modernity: experimental cinema and performance art. The region of Vendsyssel has proven to be a good spot for the avantgardes, hosting the famous Skagen-painter ́s colony at the turn of the century. KINSKI is now setting out to challenge the more nostalgic notions of this local history: questioning the linkage of countryside and mere artistic craftmanship by providing a place for younger, participatory forms of cultural production and artistic agency.

In order to provide the project with that exact connection into the urban, european perspective that we need and don ́t want to lose, we applied – and were selected to take part in the final round of the European TANDEM project.

http://tandemexchange.eu

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Tandem Europe projects, final round

TANDEM Europe has been created in order for social entrepreneurs to meet and potentially find a partner in order to develop a prototype for a project together through workshops in Milan in October 2015. We know that there is much knowledge and inspiration for us to gain out there based in experience with artistic projects in similarly challenging areas in Europe.

We are looking very much forward to participating. KINSKI is only at its beginning, whilst the Dairy Factory is being restored into a cinema and stage. However, we believe in the synchronicity of sharing its vision in Milan whilst building it in Tolne. It is a very good possibility for the alchemy of embedding the european and the local into each other.

TEAM

Asger Vedel-Jensen and Frederik Sams:

Cinema program , infrastructure administration of Tolne Avantgarde , local community embedding, local fundraising.

Inga G. Nielsen & Johannes M. Schmit , curator of the performance art program project and volunteer coordinator , fundraising, international embedding

‘Venligboerne’, local initiative for refugees, partners for collaboration and workshops.

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Inga, performing as an agent in The Mystery of Acorn Falls, the 3rd of our four seminars ‘In 100 Years’ (2011).

Posted in Blog, Business & organization, First timers Forray into the Future, Long term transformation, Movers & shakers, Population

Chora Connection

Chora Connection is a new platform with the vision of creating a resilient and sustainable society. It is based on the center assessment process “In 100 Years – starting now. Reworking sustainability and growth”.

“They can’t have it, and we can’t keep it!” – watch video from Chora Connection opening seminar and reception at 12 march 2015.

Posted in Sustainability

Winning the future. Read about it.
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“In 100 years – starting now” is an on-going conversation about long-term preferred futures for sustainable societies. It started as a one year project developed and facilitated by House of Futures and supported by the VELUX FOUNDATION. A Core Group of high profile Danish experts followed the project and a number of other collaborators were involved in the making. Read more at in100y.dk

House of Futures is a member of The Association of Professional Futurists, a growing community of professional futurists dedicated to promoting professional excellence and demonstrating the value of futures thinking.

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