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 Director of Digital & Future Thinking for Danish Design Centre, where I oversee a series projects within design/technology and adjacent fields. Furthermore, I (2) run maverick electronic music recording label Uhrlaut Records, and (3) hold the position as Public Project Lead for Creative Commons Denmark, where I host lectures, workshops and talks, speak to the press and administer the Danish CC-chapter in general. Additionally, I (4) run the project management and consultancy outfit Spraengfarlig and (5) act as active member of the Science Friction art & technology collective.

In the recent 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. I've also recently been working for Open Knowledge as in London as International Community Manager.

On the side I (6) co-coordinate the Open Knowledge Denmark group and the 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.



Presentation at MIT Innovation Lab

. This past week I was very excited to visit Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Innovation Lab for the first time, following an invitation from one of my great heroes in the open source-driven innovation space: Eric A. von Hippel. The kind invite followed the work I have had the privilege of doing in Dansk Design Center in […] Read More…

Launching the REMODEL business model toolkit

. Over the past year I have had the pleasure of leading a team in Danish Design Centre in the exploration of what new business models drive the emergent wave of open source hardware. The effort - REMODEL - has taken 10 Danish manufacturing (hardware, in the broadest sense of the word) companies ranging from […] Read More…

Developing the Fab City global vision + contributing to the official book

. This past July I had the pleasure of attending the 2018 Fab City Global Summit in Paris to contribute to the ongoing development of the magnificent Fab City world vision - as well as to speak at two of the events: First, at the Fab City Lab which was a one day pre-conference that took […] Read More…

Debrief from this years #SXSW

  A little debrief from this year's #SXSW conference in Austin, Texas: I have a couple of quotes in this Bureaubiz article, and our Danish Design Centre video crew did this video about the panel I spoke in (about open source innovation). Lastly, a couple of photos from the jam-packed post-event in Copenhagen we held […] Read More…

Launching Copenhagen Hardware Alliance

  Two weeks ago, as part of my work at Danish Design Centre, I had the pleasure of co-launching a new initiative titled Copenhagen Hardware Alliance as well as co-hosting the initiative's first meetup, which took place in Copenhagen makerspace UNDERBROEN. Copenhagen Hardware Alliance is a new initiative to boost hardware startups across Denmark, and builds […] Read More…