[Learning Site, Copenhagen]:

[Address]: Ved Slusen - CPH S, DK

Pod #002 (originally created for Lucy Lippard, 2011), Pod #001 (originally created for the Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, 2007) and N55 SPACEFRAME & FLOATING PLATFORM (1999/2000) - ongoing. The image shows the floating complex on it´s way to it´s renovation site.

[Learning Site, Copenhagen] is a site for an on-going dialogue and exchanges with persons from multiple backgrounds, and fields of investigation. [Learning Site, Copenhagen] is part of a discussion of how knowledge is produced and distributed. It will house research, an archive including prints and seeds, workshops, the production of publications, and other activities.
[Learning Site, Copenhagen] will be used by persons who work with related relevant topics, which could include political and social conventions, economics, economies and questions in relation to dwelling and urban planning.

Public events will be held in conjunction with persons inhabiting Learning Site.




01.05.12 19PM Talk with Owen Hatherley, London, (UK)
Learning Site, Copenhagen are pleased to announce a public lecture by Owen Hatherley (author of Militant Modernism and A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain among many other pieces) at Learning Site, on Tuesday 1st May at 19.00.

In recent years Danish politicians have demonstrated a commitment to copying pasting many British policies into the Danish context, it is therefore interesting to hear from a leading critic of UK policies on architecture and urbanism of the postmodern era

In Owen's words: "This talk will try and discuss the fate of urbanism and architecture in the UK in the desolate new world of savage public-sector cuts, when government funds are withdrawn and the Welfare State abdicates. I explore the urban consequences of what Conservatives privately call the “progressive nonsense” of the Big Society and “the localism agenda,” the putative replacement of the state with charity and voluntarism; and the completion of the last great Blairite schemes, from London’s Shard to the site of the 2012 Olympics. The possible effects of the new protest movements will also be briefly discussed"

Pod #002; Parasite Heating Unit, HKW, Berlin before it was moved to the floating dwellings in Copenhagen 2011.

30.08.07 20PM Talk with Sabine Horlitz and Oliver Clemens, Berlin, (DE)

How much did you pay for this plot of land?

Land Value in Ramallah and East Jerusalem

A one dunam (1000 square meters) plot of land in the center of Ramallah costs up to $8 million; the same plot costs $300,000 in an upper-class residential area; near the Israeli settlement of Psagot, by contrast, a one-dunam plot costs only $30,000, while a dunam of land inside Zone C is available for $3,000. Through such an analysis of land value, political conditions, conflicts, social expectations and hopes all come to the fore. Land prices in the West Bank rose steeply following the Oslo Accords, as a Palestinian state seemed suddenly to be within reach. Exiled Palestinians moved back to the territories and invested in real estate – investments that gave rise to neighbourhoods of American-style villas and to shopping centers.

The existing landscape, however, is not shaped by capitalist promises alone; the occupation, the classification of the West Bank into different zones, the building of the separation wall and the struggle over the land have all let their marks upon the terrain. Safety zones surround settlement roads, and checkpoints that have been set up between villages cut through residential neighbourhoods. The territorial conflict has resulted in the fragmentation of space, and spatial proximity is no longer a criterion for accessibility.

This research on land value in Ramallah and East-Jerusalem was initially produced in conjunction with the international project "liminal spaces", which started in March 2006 in Ramallah. Learning Site and CPH-AIR gave us the opportunity to further work on this topic. We will produce a publication on this research. Please see Learning Site and CPH AIR for more information.

Please write to Learning Site if coming because of limited seats: learn@learningsite.info

Oliver Clemens and Sabine Horlitz are both architects, urban researchers and co-editors of the political architectural journal An An Architektur, based in Berlin. They participated in various international research projects, exhibitions and conferences. With An Architektur they organized the Camp for Oppositional Architecture, Berlin 2004/Utrecht 2006, their recent research is on the political aspects of land value in Ramallah/East Jerusalem as part of the project liminal spaces.

[Pod #001]

August/September: [Pod #001] is under construction. The [Pod #001] is constructed of varnished birch plywood. The roof, windows, and doors are made in 5mm transparent polycarbonate. The roof collects rainwater. Solar cells are integrated into some of the windows. The transparent polycarbonate allows to make use of passive solar heating, and using a wooden construction helps to slow down the temperature changes, which is convenient in this case since plants will be cultivated inside. In the [Extension Module #001] there is a battery bank, a water tank connected to the roof, and a water and light system connected to the battery bank. The building methods and plywood used for the [Pod #001] are a combination of constructing wood boats, furniture, and caravans.
The photovoltaics are round monocrystalline silicon solar cells, with a diameter of 100mm. The energy conversion efficiency is approximately 12.7-13.5%, and the maximum effect of one cell is 1.04 W. The solar cell are parallel connected and laminated onto the hexagonal window glass. 36 cells fits onto one window and in total seven solar cell window-panels are integrated in [Extension Module #001] yielding a theoretical maximum energy output of around 262 W.

[Pod #001] will also be a part of the project "Where is the Sun? - Gleaning Solar Power", there will include a new poster, made together with Maiken Vibe Bauer, for "Weather Report: Art and Climate Change", an exhibition at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 14.09.07 - 21.12.07.

Learning Poster#005 [Pod #001] Inside close-up

Thanks to Viggo Wichmann/Wasibi Furniture, Kazuya Nakamura for techinal drawings, Maiken Vibe Bauer/Chemist, Pede, Pia, Morten, Peter, Oliver, Sabine, Louis, Gaia, and all the others who made [Pod #001] possible.

July, Production of solar panels:

1, 2, and 3 cells are added Connecting the solar cells

Preparing for laminating Test with an artificial sun

Winter/spring: [Pedagogical Island] is under construction. Soil and compost are supplied. Over the winter it's composting. Seeds and plants are being collected. Seaweed and other things is added to the center part.

[Pedagogical Island] looks at relations between seed, plants and soil; seed banks, patents, immigration, economy, food production, regulations, archaeology, geography, access to land and sea, ownership to land and sea, and construction of land.

In September Nance Klehm, Chicago, was here. We started to set up the [Pedagogical Island]. The work will continue...

[Pedagogical Island]

January: Emily Forman and Daniel Tuckers publication [Trashing the Neoliberal City: Autonomous Cultural Practices in Chicago from 2000-2005] has gone to print.

21.11.06 20:00:
We are happy to invite you to come and see “i”  at Learning Site. Rafael Lyon, one of the involved in the movie, will be at Learning Site to discuss the film.
“i” is a meditation on the relationship between media and power as it is manifested by the worlds largest all volunteer network of media activists - Indymedia. The feature-length documentary follows the first year of a small collective in Buenos Aires as it struggles amidst assassinations, a collapsing economy, and a whirlwind of political upheaval.
“i” is being distributed using an experimental, decentralized network-building method that mirrors the grassroots media-making the film is about.
For more information please see http://www.ithefilm.com/about
Since the buoyancy is limited, please mail or sms to get your kilos confirmed.

09.08 - 11.09:
T10. (Transfunctional Territory), Cuba used Learning Site, together with programmer Miguel, as a base for adding STATE to the net.

Title: STATE.
Materials: Program STATE, three PC computers, scaffolds, connector cables for the internet, router, internet.

STATE consists in the creation of a program whose first experimental step is its development in a micro network, to later become part of the Internet, STATE conforms to a program that links a series of 4 properties that real states have: 1 exportation. 2 importation. 3 accumulation. 4 agent of change. That the four are found interconnected establishes a relation between these characteristics and patrons of programming.

This program bases its development system on the failures of real states, as are the systems of dependency and subordination, that the states generate, from here to the basis of the state, are from autonomy, non dependence and the development is from virtual territory and not from the real, to vary the variables of dependence generated by the large centers of the real states. The program STATE generates its function apart from a system of acquired intelligence, in the way that every time that it develops, it evolves its system of learning for the effectiveness of the program. The same physically, generates random IP, that continue perfecting themselves by statistics of effectiveness, of an acquired flow, occupies the mother information of this and generates exportation intending on propagating itself to other computers, and its propagation systems vary in a way that its system never is permanently locatable.

STATE reaches the effectiveness of this simulation prioritizing the function of dismantling human planning.

Download the publication STATE as a pfd

08.08 20:00 An introduction to T10’s work will be held at Learning Site.
Please join us. The talk will be held in Spanish and translated to English.
Cuban coffee and other things will be served.

05.07.01 21:00 PM An informal discussion with Little Warsaw
Little Warsaw is a collaborative project of Andreas Galik and Balint Havas. They are two Budapest based artists currently in Copenhagen. Little Warsaw presents: The Story, Collective Self-portrait (Portrayal), Open up Little Warsaw winchester, Artist in an after the wall Europe 1989-2005

01.06 - 07.08.06 Learning Site is being renovated.

04.06.06 20:30 Chintan Upadhyay will give a talk about the "SANDARBH WORKSHOP (Vagad Project)". It was initiated in 2002, in the rural areas of Rajasthan, India. See more at www.blvs.blogspot.com

28.04 - 31.05.06 Counter Territories and Alternative Infrastructure:
Chicago-based cultural activists Emily Forman and Daniel Tucker will visit the Learning Site for the month of May 2006 working on a research project about the transformations of the neoliberal city, alternative models of social welfare in Denmark and the U.S., and experimental infrastructures for cultural production, self-organization, and social justice. Their residency will build towards a publication - "Trashing the Neoliberal City" -based on this research and past projects. Their stay will also include presentations of their past work, alongside walking tours with Nis Rømer (free-soil.org) and Andrew Patterson (mlab.uiah.fi/~apaterso/), public forums with writer Brian Holmes (u-tangente.org) and the Copenhagen Free University (copenhagenfreeuniversity.dk/) on the occasion of May Day (euromayday.org/), an appearence on tv-tv (tv-tv.dk/), and participation in the currently underway networked event series 'Walk,Talk, Eat, Talk Some More' organized by Ccred (London - ccred.org), BaseKamp (Philadelphia - basekamp.com) and the Bureau of Research into Post Autonomy (postautonomy.co.uk) with Malmo based members of Ccred. Other meetings and encounters will be arranged during their stay.

For background on Emily Forman and Daniel Tucker, see:

24.05.06 20:00 the artist and activist Emily Forman from Chicago will visit the Copenhagen Free University and tell about the "Pilot TV: Experimental Media for Feminist Trespass". Address: Det Fri Universitet i København, Læssøesgade 3, 4. floor


Thanks for support from the Danish Arts Council's Committee for International Visual Art, The Danish Arts Council, Prince Claus Fund, CKU, Københavns Billedkunstudvalg and Byøkologiske Fond for support of publications, travels to and expansion of Learning Site, Copenhagen, HKW.