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03. Dec 2014

Baobáxia - the Galaxy of Baobab Trees


This evening, I gave a T³ (Tech Talk Tuesday) talk in our local, friendly hackerspace about the Mocambos network and their software project Baobáxia – a free software project to connect very widely distributed, often rural communities, namely the Brazilian quilombos.

Since my visit to Brazil in April, I've been involved in this project as a programmer, at least as far as my time has allowed.

Above, you can see the slides from my presentation - you can also read them in PDF format here.

28. Nov 2014



Fra Jyllands-Posten forleden.

Også i flere andre medier, f.eks. Aarhus Stiftstidende.

26. Nov 2014

Technoshamanism encounter in Aarhus, day 1

As previously announced, on November 22.-23. we held an encounter or mini-festival on technoshamanism in Open Space Aarhus. Keywords were permaculture, sustainablity, free software and free technology, ancestral knowledge and the challenges of the anthropocene.

The encounter was structured as an (informal) meeting rather than a conference, and the program was very diverse thanks to the attendants and the proposals they sent us.

After an initial presentation, I spoke about the state of Danish nature. I pointed out that even though many important initiatives to restore and preserve areas of natural beauty are underway (not least documented through the painstaking work of my friend Rune Engelbreth Larsen), our country's biological diversity is still being systematically destroyed, not least due to the practices of industrial agriculture.

I proposed permaculture as a viable and well-documented alternative which would enable us to produce food while preserving nature rather than destroying it - and which can enable us as individuals to protect our freedom and economic independence by growing our own food with minimal effort. My exposition was supplemented by a vivid discussion and many illuminating facts supplied by the audience.

After that, Fabiane Borges told us about her own perception of technoshamanism and the anthropocene: The destruction of the earth as exemplified by intensive mining and how it interacts with the Yanomami Indians' vision of the end of the world.

As our society increases its pace, more and more of human nature and aspiration is cut off and thrown on the garbage heap, and finding a modern shamanism may be equivalent to becoming one of those people living in the garbage worlds surrounding the landfills of many modern cities - illustrated by the schizofrenic shaman Estamira in the eponymous Brazilian documentary (2004).

After that, Esben Hardenberg talked about afrofuturism, the quest of a people (African-Americans) whose history had been stolen and destroyed to create a new history and mythology for themselves, e.g. by using narratives about space and time travel. While permaculture and free technology could be considered to be a form of practical and technological resistance, afro-futurism can be seen as an epistemological resistance - reframing and reinventing an identity to salvage it from the dominant (in the US: white or WASP) narrative. As always, Esben's exposition was supplemented by a vivid and interesting discussion.

After the break, Ramona August performed a maori-inspired fire dance - which for obvious reasons had to take place outside.

We were honoured by the presence of Dr. Birger Schroll, a former ship's doctor who has worked with the homeless of Denmark and Norway for many years. Schroll has developed his own system for helping homeless people in Nordic countries manage their lives. His ideal is to help them organize independently and without leaders by defining a number of roles that must be fulfilled to make a society work; a system which I will not describe here, but which he himself has named Universitas Convivencia. In Aarhus, Schroll was instrumental in the creation of Hjemløseteltet (the Homeless Tent, a tent-shaped occupation of property near the railroad by a group of homeless) and "Håbets Allé", a municipal project intended to alleviate the issues raised by Hjemløseteltet.

Finally, the Brazilian composer and performance artist Marcela Lucatelli performed a healing music ritual, a "ritual of tuning the chakras with voice intoning and open source real time audio synthesis". I think I speak for many of the participants if I describe it as a unique and harmonic experience - you can hear it for yourself in the sound recording of the day's activities, linked below.


11. Nov 2014

Open call: Technoshamanism encounter in Aarhus


Autodetermination, liberty and sustainability in the anthropocene

Open call

In the weekend of November 22.-23. we’re organizing an encounter with the purpose of strengthening and enhancing the networks created at the 1st International Festival for Technoshamanism, which took place on April 23-30 in Arraial d’Ajuda, Bahia, Brazil.

As in the festival in Brazil, the focus will be on solutions for the anthropocene, e.g., recycling, permaculture, conservation of nature, reactions to climate change and the possible benefits of ancestral knowledge (e.g., of South American indigenous people) in addressing our situation today.

The focus will be not only academic but also practical, noting the potential of free technology and free software, up to and including DIY space travel.

The Brazilian artist, writer and activist Fabiane Borges, who organized the festival in Brazil with George Sander, is visiting Denmark a few days in November and will be present at the event and will be able to tell us about her work with technoshamanism in South America as well as about the scene for DIY space culture.
Things we’d already like to discuss during the encounter are

  • The status of nature conservation in Denmark (and other places)
  • Permaculture as a real alternative to the agricultural industry and an efficient strategy against climate change
  • Hardware workshops, e.g. in controlling the ambience in a greenhouse or a dwelling to save and manage energy
  • The use of free software and free culture in general to further independent cultures and thus enhance cultural diversity
  • Discussions around ontology, mythology, philosophy, animism, biodiversity and the role of ancestral knowledge
  • Self-maintained infrastructures – DIY in general, free software,  space culture
  • More artistic performances, music, dance, etc., as per your proposal, including an improvised musical ritual in the hackerspace
  • Your own proposal

The encounter will take place in Open Space Aarhus, Katrinebjergvej 105, 8200 Aarhus N  on the 22.-23. of november at 17:00-21:00 hours.

Please come and bring a friend! If you wish to propose an activity, please send your proposal by email to agger@modspil.dk

06. Nov 2014

Do not under ANY circumstance make ANY statement to the police


En amerikansk juraprofessor og tidligere forsvarsadvokat fortæller, hvorfor man som potentiel mistænkt aldrig skal udtale sig til politiet.

Tak til Pedro Belasco og The Pirate Bay.

Desværre i anledning af Fredrik Neijs anholdelse i Thailand.

26. Oct 2014

International LibreOffice konference kommer til Aarhus i 2015



Den årlige internationale LibreOffice konference afholdes i Aarhus i 2015. Aarhus Kommune bliver vært for konferencen, der planlægges i samarbejde med lokale græsrodsforeninger og fællesskabet omkring LibreOffice i Danmark.

LibreOffice er en open source programpakke med de mest almindelige og anvendte kontorprogrammer. LibreOffice er fri software, som man gratis kan downloade, anvende og distribuere. Hvert år afholdes en konference, hvor udviklere, programmører og supportere samles for at diskutere muligheder og forbedringer til den gratis software-pakke.

I september 2015 skal det nye superbibliotek Dokk1 danne ramme om konferencen.

”I Aarhus Kommune ønsker vi at øge anvendelsen af OpenSource software. Det handler naturligvis om at spare penge, men det handler i høj grad også om at tage ejerskab til de systemer der understøtter vores medarbejdere og vores borgere. LibreOffice er som produkt og community bestemt et koncept vi ønsker at støtte. Vi er altid glade for at tage imod gæster udefra, og vi ser frem til nogle spændende dage, hvor deltagerne også får mulighed for at se vores dejlige by,” siger Bo Fristed, chef for ITK (Innovation, Teknologi, Kreativitet), som er en del af Aarhus Kommune, Kultur og Borgerservice.

Byens hackerspace Open Space Aarhus (OSAA) vil lægge lokaler til det kodesprint, der altid indgår som en del af konferencen. Blandt de foreninger, der bakker op om konferencen, finder vi endvidere Free Software Foundation Europe og Ubuntu Aarhus, der begge har brugt Open Space Aarhus som mødested.

Den internationale LibreOffice konference bliver afholdt i perioden 23. til 25. september. LibreOfiice har sit eget danske fællesskab, og her vækker placeringen af konferencen begejstring.

“Først og fremmest er vi meget glade og taknemmelige over at Aarhus Kommune bakker op om konference. At konferencen i 2015 kommer til Aarhus har stor betydning for det danske fællesskab, og vi ser det bestemt som en anerkendelse af vores hidtidige indsats, og vi håber, at konferencen kan tiltrække nye friske hænder. Specielt håber vi på, at danske udviklere, blandt andet studerende, får lyst til at blive en del af et internationalt udviklermiljø,”siger Leif Lodahl, som er talsmand for LibreOffice i Danmark.

LibreOffice i Danmark påpeger, at placeringen af konferencen skal ses som en anerkendelse af, at danske brugere - både private, virksomheder og offentlige myndigheder - i større og større udstrækning, tager LibreOffice i anvendelse.

11. Oct 2014

Glæde over asylansøgere


Læserbrev i Jyllands-Posten, 11.10.2014:


Jeg synes, vi som danskere skal være glade for, at de syriske asylansøgere gider slå sig ned her hos os, når der er så mange andre og bedre steder, de kunne tage hen. Jeg synes, vi skulle gribe denne chance for at få mange nye samfundsborgere og medmennesker hertil med kyshånd – og stoppe al snak om stramninger.

Foto: Syriske flygtningebørn i Aleppo, fra IHH Humanitarian Reliefs Flick-konto.

07. Oct 2014

The Summer of Gods


O verão dos Orixás. En usædvanligt smuk kortfilm om en anderledes religion - anmeldelse på vej. Du kan købe filmen gennem dens hjemmeside.

30. Sep 2014

Stands Danmarks nye krig i Irak

The war in Iraq you're not told about

Læserbrev i Politiken, 30.09.2014:


Mens alle danske politikere forsøger at overgå hinanden i omfanget af Danmarks støtte til det amerikanskledede angreb på Islamisk Stat (IS) i Irak og Syrien, er der nogle ting, de lader til at have glemt:

1) Det er ikke vores kamp. Hvor afskyelige og langt ude Islamisk Stat og deres metoder end er, så er det Irak og Syrien og Kurdistan, de truer, ikke Danmark. Vi hverken kan eller skal kæmpe disse menneskers kamp for dem.

2) Luftangreb virker ikke. Bombetogter kræver altid meget betydelige civile ofre, mens de typisk kun gør meget begrænset militær skade. Nettoeffekten af bombninger alene kan meget vel tænkes at blive en styrkelse af IS, ikke en svækkelse.

3) Ekstern indblanding er dybt problematisk. USAs tidligere rolle i Irak var som besættelsesmagt. Irakere, der hjalp amerikanerne, blev derfor ofte set som forrædere. Når lande som Danmark, Storbritannien og USA, der i øvrigt absolut intet har at gøre med konflikten, blander sig på den måde, er det igen formentlig den bedste metode til at sikre, at flere støtter og sympatiserer med IS.

Jeg vil gerne opfordre regeringen til straks at trække enhver dansk støtte til enhver vestlig operation mod mål i Irak og Syrien helt og uigenkaldeligt tilbage.

Billedkilde: PopularResistance.org.

25. Sep 2014

ownCloud and free software in the cloud: Meet Frank Karlitschek in Open Space Aarhus


I’m co-organizing this event, involving our hackerspace and the FSFE local group in Aarhus:

Frank Karlitschek, creator of ownCloud, will give a talk centering on ownCloud, free software in the enterprise and data protection in a post-Snowden world.

The talk will be followed by a discussion with the audience and a discussion panel consisting of:

  • Frank Karlitschek, Debian developer and creator of ownCloud
  • Christian Orellana, CEO of Cabo, a company that build enterprise clouds from free software
  • Carsten Agger, local group coordinator in Free Software Foundation Europe and software developer in Magenta, a company that specializes in free software mainly for the Danish public sector.

The event will take place in Open Space Aarhus on

Wednesday, October 1 at 18:00 hours

Do bring  a friend, this is going to be interesting!

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