About this website

autofunk.dk is the personal work and leisure journal of me, Christian Villum, aiming at mapping projects, activities, networks and ideas as they emerge and spring forward. This journal is supplemented by my journal for experiments in art and technology, Bitbugs Lab.

I am a disruptive-technology geek, project bootstrapper, open data/society activist & electronic music buff, based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Current projects and ventures

I enjoy exploring ideas and creating projects within media, arts, web, open culture and new technologies.

I spend most of my time (1) working as an entrepreneur and freelancer within digital strategy under the banner of my own company Spraengfarlig. Furthermore, I (2) run maverick electronic music recording label Uhrlaut Records, and (3) independent book publisher Ctrl+Alt+Delete Books. On the side I (4) hold the position as Danish representative in the Global Network Council for Creative Commons Denmark, and I (5)sit in the board of OpenDanmark.

In the recent past I worked as Director of Digital & Future Thinking for Danish Design Centre, where I oversaw a portfolio of projects within the spectrum of design & new technology.
In the more distant past I co-founded and co-managed Platform4, a hackerspace/co-working space/art- and technology venue as well as the adjacent maker space FormuLab. A while back I've also been working for Open Knowledge Foundation in London as International Community Manager, and acted as active member of the Science Friction art & technology collective.
Previous side-projects include co-coordinating the Open Knowledge Denmark group and the international Open Design & Hardware Working Group.

Last, but not least, I (7) dj a little on various occasions under the monikers Vilde V, Christian Villum & DJ Ond Blomst. As a dj, I am affiliated to the now defunkt (but on occasion revived) Aabtek dj-collective, member of Urlaut dj-team and part of Aalborg Tærror Crew.

I hold a master degree (MA) in Culture, Communication & Globalization and a BA in International Business Communication from Aalborg University. Currently, I am based in Copenhagen, Denmark, and have previously lived, worked and studied in Berlin, New York and Chicago.

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Interviewing VR artist Jakob la Cour in the metaverse

Recently I had the pleasure of moderating some of the talks at this year's CopenX Realities conference, organized by CopenX, in Børsen, Copenhagen. The conference explores the frontier of XR technology (virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, etc.) and this year's edition was no exception. One of the interviews, while starting in person on the […] Read More…

Hosting a new podcast on successful digitization in small and medium-sized companies

Want to learn about digitization from some of Denmark’s leading voices across industries? Then check DDC Talks, a new podcast from DDC – Danish Design Center that features perspectives, inspiration, and concrete tips from the best of the best. I have had the pleasure of hosting the first 10 episodes, now available on Spotify as […] Read More…

Interviewing leading voices in architecture and design

What digital skills and competencies will designers and architects need to master in the future?This is the query for a series of five interviews with leading voices from the industry I have had the pleasure of conducting with Claus Qvistgaard and Per Henriksen from the Royal Danish Academy of Architecture, Design & Conservation.Key insights from […] Read More…

Essay in new book, “Ethics at Work”

With Christian Bason, CEO of Danish Design Centre, I have had the pleasure of writing and contributing an essay to the new anthology "Ethics at Work: Dilemmas of the Near Future and How Your Organisation Can Solve Them", edited by Singularity U Nordic co-founder Kris Østergaard, who now also heads up Re:Humanize Institute here in […] Read More…

National radio appearance on state of open public data

This week I was asked to give a statement on behalf of Open Knowledge Denmark, of which I am a volunteer, in a program called 'Kraniebrud' on one of Denmark's national radio stations, Radio 4. They zoomed in on the state of open public data in Denmark and how it compares to other countries. Specifically […] Read More…