Upcoming OPEN Lectures

None scheduled.

Past OPEN Lectures

Stupid Studios

Tuesday, 1st Apr 2014


Out of our Minds
- How to achieve everything we have…in a much shorter time

* Sorry. This talk is full *

In this “behind the scenes” talk, Daniel takes you on an painfully honest journey through the do’s and don’ts, ups and downs, and many the fails Stupid Studio has experienced since setting up shop in 2006. Through examples and cases he will illustrate the work philosophies that bind the people at Stupid as a culture. Expect to hear why Stupid refuses to pitch, why culture beats strategy and why saying NO! is good for your business.

Daniel Gjøde is 34 and a Creative Director, Windsurfer and Father. He founded Stupid Studio in 2006 – an independent digital creative agency. He has been working with motion graphics and digital concepts within culture and television for a good 10 years, and it has given him a user-centered approach to what he does. It’s all about creating something of value, that means something to people.

When: 5-6pm – Tues, April 1st, 2014

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37b, 1253, Copenhagen K, DENMARK

This talk is full. If you’d like to go on the waiting list please email: info@ciid.dk (with ‘Stupid’ in the subject line)

Alisan Atvur

Wednesday, 26th Mar 2014


Psychotherapy and Design for Wellbeing

*Sorry – this lecture is already full*

Researcher, Creative Director and Innovation Strategist – Alisan Atvur will propose his perspective on why ‘behaviour design’ is dangerous. Through a series of examples, he will discuss how designers are psychologically wired like therapists and will present the most notable differences between therapists and designers.

He will give a brief history of the past 130 years of geniuses in psychotherapy – and an outline of design-research/psychotherapeutic approaches to researching “human experience”.

When: 5-6pm – Weds, March 26th, 2014
Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37b, 1253, Copenhagen K, DENMARK

If you would like to go on the waiting list for this lecture, please sign-up by emailing: info@ciid.dk (with ‘AA’ in the subject line)

OPEN Lecture: Raureif

Tuesday, 25th Mar 2014


Not new, but better.

Frank and Timm from the German interaction design firm Raureif will talk about their endless endeavor to improve people’s lives by creating beautiful apps.


When: 5-6pm – Tues, March 25th, 2014 (a last minute addition to our talk line-up!)

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37b, 1253, Copenhagen K, DENMARK

There are limited seats for this lecture so please sign-up by emailing: info@ciid.dk (with ‘Raureif’ in the subject line)

Professor Mark Dorrian

Wednesday, 19th Mar 2014


Weather Control: Dubai’s Sunny Mountain Ski-Dome as an Allegory of the Future

Weather control is a familiar object of pre-modern ritual and magical practices, but it also appears in one of the earliest works of science fiction, Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. Here, however, rather than being directed toward renewal, it has become turned toward habitat destruction.

The relevant section tells of the airborne island of Laputa, which levitates free of the terrestrial surface. In part a parody of Francis Bacon’s scientific utopia The New Atlantis, Laputa is populated by scientists who live by tributes received from the unfortunate people over whose lands the island floats. If these are withheld, Laputa can hover above the offenders, depriving their region of light and rain and thus plunging it into drought and famine.

This talk will read this long history in relation to contemporary technologies of – and aspirations for – weather control. It will reflect on the ever-increasing militarization of weather foreshadowed in Swift’s tale, announced in the contemporary military project to “own the weather”, and the concomitant privatization and commodification of what had hitherto seemed the very emblem of freedom, the air itself.

Weather control plays an important part in the history of techno-utopian speculation, in which it often takes on a remedial character. In this thinking it is almost as if weather is alienation, or at least a fundamental expression thereof, and that to get back together again, to break the ice in whatever way we mean (with one another, with nature, with ourselves), we need to get the climate right.

The talk will conclude by reflecting on the transformations of this imaginary through Buckminster Fuller, Reyner Banham, and beyond, into our era of global atmospheric anxiety and privatized air. Here we will focus on an emblematic project – the Sunny Mountain Ski-Dome project for Dubai.

This, more clearly than any other example, points toward a future of privatized atmospheres, one which has shifted from earlier models of utopic de-differentiation towards an urbanism of heightened and spectacularized atmospheric relations that increasingly take on the character of a commodity-form in their own right.

Biography: http://ciid.dk/education/people/guests/mark-dorrian/

When: 5-6pm – Weds, March 19th, 2014

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37b, 1253, Copenhagen K, DENMARK

There are limited seats for this lecture so please sign-up by emailing: info@ciid.dk (with ‘Dorrian’ in the subject line)

Copenhagen Business Service

Tuesday, 11th Mar 2014


Copenhagen Business Service provides free of charge business advisory support for start-ups and businesses located in Copenhagen. Zikoh Kouassi-Zessia and Aleksandar Bovan will come an present you with the range of services that the City of Copenhagen, Copenhagen Business Service and other organisations offer for international entrepreneurs and people within the creative industry in Copenhagen.

In the lecture, Zikoh will present the free of charge English courses and programmes that aim to help you get started and launch a successful business in Denmark. Zikoh has worked with the Copenhagen Business Start-up Programme and has a good knowledge and network within the entrepreneurial scene of Copenhagen.

His colleague Aleksandar coordinates policies aimed at the creative industries in City of Copenhagen. He will talk about the general state of creative industries in Copenhagen and the newest tendencies. He will also talk about the offers to creative entrepreneurs and why they are especially important for Copenhagen.

WHEN: 5-6pm – Tues, March 11th, 2014

WHERE: CIID, Toldbodgade 37b, 1253, Copenhagen K, DENMARK

There are limited seats for this lecture so please sign-up by emailing: info@ciid.dk (with ‘Business’ in the subject line)