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.

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Blog

Insights on how to scale your SME through sustainability and digitization

Last week I had the pleasure of moderating an online webinar discussion between two of Denmark's leading voices in sustainable and digital transformation, Steen Hildebrandt and Peter Svarre. The conversation was aimed at uncovering concrete actions that small and medium-sized enterprises can take to not only start their digital and sustainable transformation, but above all […] Read More…

CENTRINNO: Rethinking the way cities shape historical industrial sites into locally productive, sustainable and inclusive hubs

As part of my work in Danish Design Centre, I have the pleasure of contributing to a new, large, EU-funded project by the name of CENTRINNO (which is an acronym for 'New CENTRalities in INdustrial areas as engines for inNOvation and urban transformation'). The project aims to develop and demonstrate strategies, approaches and solutions for […] Read More…

The digital ethics compass: How do we develop ethical technology?

As part of my work as Director of Digital & Future Thinking at Danish Design Centre, I have the pleasure of contributing to a highly important effort to try to tackle one of the biggest digital challenges of our time: The global spread of digital technology that in many ways enrich people's lives with more […] Read More…

In-depth feature of my record label, Uhrlaut

Inner Groove Distortion Magazine, a digital publication dedicated to music on vinyl and technology, was kind to do an extensive interview with me to publish a feature about the record label that I run, Uhrlaut Records. The interview touches upon some of our key passions, including our definition of publishing "challenging electronic music from Scandinavia", […] Read More…

OPENNEXT: Exploring the open source and community-driven future of product manufacturing

As part of my work at Danish Design Centre, I have the pleasure of contributing in several ways to one of the organization's most interesting flag-ship project by the name of OPENNEXT; a EU-funded 7 million EURO trans-European effort to explore the open source and community-driven future of product manufacturing. In other words, figuring out […] Read More…