Copenhagen, the largest city and capital of Denmark, is a landmark with many attractions and historical places. Everyone that lives here can agree that Copenhagen is simply, great for living, for lack of a better word. A city that finds itself to be a perfect size with friendly people both Danish and Internationals, realistic sustainable goals, and future, overall a nice environment for all ages and genders.

I happen to be a 20-year-old who lives here in Copenhagen. I came to Denmark in the summer of 2020, with a few clothes and big ideas. Even after two years of being here, I can still discover new things around the city, whether it is a new event about art, a new favorite food place, or new people and stories to laugh or learn from. Copenhagen is a place that touches a lot of cultures and interests. It is best known for its charm, the happiness it brings, and for its role in being a sustainable leader.


To give a better understanding of what Copenhagen is like, I try to imagine it as a person, a good friend. Like me, she is a girl in her 20s, who has many different hobbies and interests. She is a great host, has good friends, and is forw


ard thinking. Great fashion, relaxed, knows the best food and drinks, spontaneous, active, happy, eco-friendly, studious, and pro-active are only some of the words that can describe her. In our loneliest moments we forget that the city is our friend, and like friends are, the city begins to look like ourselves. For many people, this friend always looks and gives something different. We take and give back to the many characteristics Copenhagen has to offer.


As people, we try to find out place in life constantly, every day and every second. The city we live in is a constant reminder that this is the place we are meant to be or not. When I joined DANSIC in February 2022, my roots in this city grew even deeper. Working in a student-led organization with a strong sense of community makes everyone that is part of it grow deep connections. Together we have the goal to deliver an event close to our hearts. Our vision is to bring Sustainable Art a well-deserved moment of appreciation and give back to the community and our friend, Copenhagen.


For DANSIC, the city has been a friend for many years now. We can say that DANSIC sees Copenhagen as the friend with the best ideas, great attitude, and fresh perspective. Of the many gifts Copenhagen has given DANSIC, inspiration is the most prominent one. In 2022, we have the desire to learn from its ability to bring art, sustainability, and people together, and give back new connections, joy, and beauty.


In the honor of this great city we are living in, together we will take a tour of what makes Copenhagen sustainable, with the hope to inspire you too.



Sustainable activities, places, ways


  • Copenhagen is a strategically planned city for smooth and sustainable ways of transportation and well constructed, wide bicycle lanes. The city infrastructure provides the presence of bicycle holding stands on the local trains, proof of the government’s insistence on the sustainability mindset. The city gives a great opportunity for more children and adults to cycle to school and work rather than using individual cars. Walking, biking, and taking public transportation are essential in Copenhagen.

  • The density of parks and lakes, a calming flora and fauna for the hectic days of work, helps to keep the environment green and ecologically fresh with oxygen. Corporate and residential architecture exist in controlled geographical space, which leaves more room for growing and maintaining green life inside the city.

  • Planning of Copenhagen has been well reputed for being far-sighted, containing easily accessible beach areas within short distances from the city center. As well as public harbor bath spots for lovers of adventurous swimming days. A biking marathon to another city is never a bad idea for those who enjoy sports and sustainable traveling.

  • Well developed carbon-neutral district heating with wind and biomass electricity production

  • GreenKayak’, a non for profit organization that enables recycling with the fun and free activity of kayaking, done by interested citizens themselves.


  • A high magnitude of Tesla(or any other electrical car) owners. The world’s only highway-capable electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, entered the Danish market back in 2010, with the Tesla 3, the cheapest base model of the brand engines. Electric vehicles are known to basically produce a very low amount of planet-warming emissions, although the emphasis here would be directed toward HOW the manufacturing of the engines is done along with the battery charging mechanisms.


  • As compared to the traditional fuel generation through fossil fuels by conventional engines, efficiency is more pronounced with the use of electric mothers.

Source:https://ec.europa.eu/environment/europeangreencapital/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Copenhagen-Short-Leaflet_Web.pdf



About the location - ‘Volume’

The presence of ‘Volume’ as a space, materials for supporting the event as well as the major aspects for facilitating an interaction between the creators and the consumers, are all significant factors in the success of the event. Afterall, the pool of international students along with the local community, need a care-free and inspiring space to be receptive to the creations. As likewise for the creators, who can surely use this opportunity to reach out considerably more.

Important details and highlights about the event So until now you have read all about the ‘what’, ‘how’ and especially the ‘why’ of DANSIC22’s journey so far. Now let us get to the ‘where’ of it..!

The event is all set to be exhibited on the 30th of April 2022, at the ‘Volume’ in Copenhagen, a very special space where industrial history is embraced and nothing but raw expression is produced and shared. This location has seen such a diverse range of events from concerts to conferences. A place where culture is exchanged and expressed within a professional framework. And this very location, dear reader, will be DANSIC22’s medium to showcase individuals involved in the theme of Sustainability and to reach out to you, under the perfect limelight. Food trucks, a groovy DJ atmosphere, and artistic culture all around.

Inspiration - why art and sustainability? This event started to come to fruition back in the summer of 2021, as each new year of DANSIC the Board Members are responsible for looking within to see what inspires them. Then, the Board hones in on these passions to create a concept for the next DANSIC year. For DANSIC22 the Board aimed to push both themselves and the organization to put on the most creative DANSIC event to date, drawing from their own love for creativity and an investment in taking action towards the ensuing climate crisis.

The entire team has been so far nothing less than inspired, with each day of effort, researching and brainstorming for chalking out every step of the pathway to the event. It may of course come across as obvious to you, that all we must have thought of was how glorious, successful and glitter-filled we crave our big day to be. However this may disappoint you, that the secret to the energy we have had, has been our love for the journey. Of course, everyone celebrates the final achievement, but absolutely none of that would be even remotely possible without the intention and passion put into the process by all the various departments and togetherness of the members. Kudos to the flat structure of the organization, where egos are out the window and rivalrous boundaries are non-existent. If you have an idea, your voice is not just effective, it’s paramount!

The story-telling or rather story ‘building’ through regular blog posts by our content writers, the concept of sustainability, and our whole initiative visualized and curated through design, aesthetic and dynamic structure for both mobile and desktop by our designers. The capture of the step-by-step launch recipes for our promotions, along with super fun and interactive interviews with the local participating artists by our videographers. The thoughtful and careful research and handling behind financing the complete process to ensure total brilliance of the DANSIC22’s whole framework. Making sure that our initiative reaches audiences in exactly the way they love viewing it, a.k.a our social media managers! If you had fun and felt inspired just reading all of the above, it is because we put our heart and soul into the process. This is innovation. This is DANSIC.


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Here’s what our DANSIC22 team has to say!

Valeria “ I’m looking forward to seeing the idea come to life but more importantly to use DANSIC as a platform to amplify the great work that artists are doing by performing their craft sustainably. They truly create things consciously and that gives them a new meaning.”

“I hope the community can connect both between citizens and artists and among artists. I believe that is the real reason why we are doing that. Hopefully we can have an impact and trigger some kind of internal dialogue with the participants so they can have that internal reflection and learn new ways in which they can conduct themselves in a sustainable manner.”


Lana “Sustainability is divided into three pillars: economic, environmental and social. Our event includes all three of them. We want to show people how some things can be reused in different ways, which saves money, reduces waste and pollution, and brings diverse people together. I hope that the event will inspire a lot of our participants, and leave a positive and long lasting impact on them. By participating in the workshops, I expect them to see that creating sustainable art is not difficult and that it is worth it.”


Mateo

“Besides the importance of the conversation about sustainability in art we aim to open at this year's exhibition, I'm genuinely looking forward to see the outcome of all these months of work. DANSIC is made of ideas and of people generating ideas - lots of brilliant young minds have put a big effort during the last months, and I can't wait to see how well this is going to turn out.”


Lucila “I can say I am excited for this event to teach me the many ways we can be sustainable and creative at the same time. We are in a critical moment environmentally speaking and sustainability is the answer, now. I really hope this event helps us to raise awareness of the impact of our actions.”


Elisa “I look forward to holding this event as I believe this is an opportunity for people to get inspired and be connected with a different side of art, which sometimes is unexplored. I hope the interaction with the artists, creating unique pieces together out of discarded material and assisting in talks about sustainability; not only can empower more people to approach this journey but also can help them realize that being sustainable is easier than it seems!”



An extension of oneself


Hobbies involving painting, visiting art museums, admiring the fascinating sculptures, are all actions that are inexplicable giving a mesmerizing feeling in our hearts. Whether they cause a wave of inspiration or an attack on creativity, enjoying and creating something new, dare to say artistic, has a deep connection to human nature. Artistic expression has always been a fundamental part of humanity since the beginning of time.


Art can be dated as far as the prehistoric era in the form of cave paintings and sculptures. Hunting animals is an image often depicted in most cave paintings, being an important survival practice for existing humans at the time. It is theorised that the act of hunting was captured to represent the concerns present about the prosperity of the hunt, concluding that creating the paintings could have been a sacred ritual. As scholars try to interpret these products of an older time and reveal the true meaning behind them, only one thing is certain, artistry is an inherent trait in people. Art can be seen as an extension of oneself, as it’s the imminent result of imagina


tion and inner thoughts materialized into a visual representation.

Fast forward to the 21st century, artistic expression is more prominent and accessible than ever before. Every person has the freedom to pick up a brush and start painting or dive into any chosen art medium. In the light of the climate crisis more and more people are voicing concerns about the future of the planet Earth through art as a medium of expression. Accordingly, sustainable art has taken centre stage for a lot of artists who want to express their opinion and unique take on the matter; But what is sustainable art and what does it look like?




Sustainable art - In harmony with nature

Sustainable art is concerned with delivering new artworks in an environmentally conscious way. The genre embraces practices that aim to create without harming the surrounding environment, and in a lot of cases, bring awareness about the topic to others. Shortly, sustainable art follows sustainability principles, and its goal is to have no negative impact on nature. As a form of art, sustainable art can find its roots in the 1960s-1970s under the Land Art Movement. Instead of using traditional resources to create, the movement uses materials from the environment, for instance, soil, rocks, and plants, essentially representing how nature and art can be harmonised

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Although the movement can be dated fairly recently, sustainable practices in the art can be met in Japanese culture long before the Land Art was born. Japanese art has a lot of methods that embrace sustainability. One example is Kintsugi, old Japanese art that revolves around fixing broken pottery with gold, creating unique results with each piece. This is a great example of how upcycling old objects can become art pieces and have a longer use. Most importantly, the practice carries a strong underlying message of welcoming imperfections to be seen as beauty, which everyone can learn from. Furoshiki is another Japanese practice that turned out to have a sustainable twist, that is the art of fabric folding. The art turned out to have practical uses in packing valuable objects for transport, food, carrying different items, and also used for wrapping presents for holidays in an environmentally friendly approach.

(Source: https://www.uniqlo.com/dk/en/content/furoshiki.html)


Explore the art

Now that you are familiar with some practices, we can look into more types of sustainable art that exist around us (who doesn’t love a good list?). In the same way, sustainability is versatile, art brings even more to it.


  1. Land Art - Starting with Land Art as we are already familiar with it, it also goes under the name of Eco-art or Earth Art. This art uses only materials that are found in natural habitats to create various landscapes and sculptures. As spring is coming along, a mosaic made of pebbles in your garden is an easy way to get into this medium.

  2. Upcycling - Another familiar concept, upcycling represents the objects that are considered broken or unusable used to create. This is an example of art with an abundance of resources as the waste created by us, humans, becomes a bigger issue day by day. Taking unwanted materials and finding a way to reuse them is pure artistry and a unique approach to the issue.

  3. Closed Loop Fashion - If you happen to be a Gen Z or Millennial, you might be aware of the infamous skinny jeans vs baggy jeans debate. Whether you think that skinny jeans are unwearable or not, the truth is, it doesn’t matter. Trends tend to fuel fast fashion, which has a highly negative impact on the environment. As a response manufacturers of the industry come up with more eco ways to produce clothing. In your everyday life, you can contribute by slowing down on following trends that make you change your wardrobe every six months and investing in long-term, timeless pieces instead. You can contribute to slowing the clothing waste by upcycling, donating, buying from sustainable trends or rethinking the wearability of the clothes you have. So, give your skinny jeans another chance!