27 May 2008

Dreams on Wheels - Copenhagen Bike Culture Exhibition

Dreams on Wheels Logo
UPDATE:
The Dreams on Wheels exhibition has morphed into v.2.0 and is now showing around the world. Well... not NOW, but all through 2009.

First stop: Edinburgh.
Showing at the Royal Botanical Gardens from the 24 January to 21 March 2009.


Read this article/interview from the Sydney Morning Herald for more info.


Copenhagenize and Copenhagen Cycle Chic are pleased to be included in a travelling exhibition about Danish bike culture which opened in Canberra, Australia earlier this year.

Dreams on Wheels is curated by Thomas Ermacora, founder of Etikstudio, for the Danish Foreign Ministry and is scheduled to travel to many cities around the world between now and the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen next year, called COP15. The show in Canberra accompanies the reopening of the Danish Embassy in the Australian capital.
The pay and park commuter
A Copenhagen City Bike and my posters behind it, taken by a local.

An earlier incarnation of the exhibition was shown at the Danish House in Paris, The Danish Design Centre in Copenhagen and the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.

The concept is driven by the motivation to illustrate how a “cyclocentric” approach to urban development stimulates environmental concern and sustainable civic behaviour.

Admission is free and open to people of all ages. Here's the website, from the Danish Embassy.

There is a great programme, including cycle films and speakers.

20 Danish bike brands are represented, from Biomega to Velorbis and you can try a Copenhagen City Bike. Jan Gehl, the urban planner, and his company Gehl Architects are represented and you can also learn about cycling life in other Danish cities.

The exhibition will be cloned and presented in various other cities simultaneously, starting with Australian cities this summer [their winter]. I'll keep you updated as to where the show is heading.

Here's a note from one of our readers who saw it:
"Fantastic exhibition. Canberra's a good cycling town, too, but nothing like Copenhagen!

The funny thing, though, is that the exhibition is right on the route I take along the lake to get to and from my partner's place. The night it opened, I was cruising along the bike path, and found that it was completely blocked by a great big marquee, and heaps of people drinking champagne. I was outraged that some bastards were blocking the path, and wondered who would make cycling so difficult. I dismounted to walk my bike through the crowds, and soon realised that it was an exhibition promoting cycling! Classic."


DESIGN LAB
While we're at it, there are some new t-shirt designs over at the online boutique:
Copenhagenize Flag t-shirt
copenhagen tracks t-shirt
I Like Bike - Bike Like Me T-shirt Make Bike Not Car t-shirt

24 comments:

Oddlily said...

I saw it here in Canberra and it made me want to move to Denmark. It was also lovely to see the sort of non-sporty bikes we don't get here (although they are starting to trickle in). I was SO tempted to steal the Velorbis Victoria!

Zakkaliciousness said...

cool to hear! the victoria is a fine bike. my wife has one.

Peter said...

wow - that's the kind of thing i was just hoping for. :)

See #16:

http://googlemapsbikethere.org/2008/05/25/the-big-initiatives/

Peter said...

wow - that's the kind of thing I was just hoping for. :)

See #16 -- the second bullet point:

http://googlemapsbikethere.org/2008/05/25/the-big-initiatives/

sorry about that - i should have used the 'preview' button!

The Old Man & His Dog said...

You should see this documentary. I saw it last night and thought it was awesome.

On Wheels Brasil

http://www.jaman.com/a/Wheels-Brasil/video/0fZJJPK0gIzk

Renowned activist-filmmaker Sergio Bloch gives us a series of captivating sketches of the lives of Brazil's urban poor, specifically those who must push, pull, or pedal various forms of wheeled vehicles in order to earn their daily bread. The steady rhythm of wheels serves as a poignant metaphor, underscoring how the only certainty in the lives of these workers is the absolute uncertainty of daily survival.

The Old Man & His Dog said...

http://www.jaman.com/a/Wheels-Brasil/video/
0fZJJPK0gIzk

Zakkaliciousness said...

oldmananddog: That documentary sounds wonderful... strangely, however, I couldn't view it.

"We are sorry, but rights to download this movie are not yet available for your country/territory.
Availibility:
only available in: American Samoa; Guam; Puerto Rico; United States Minor Outlying Islands; United States; Virgin Islands, U.S."


I didn't even want to download it, just watch it... but no joy.

Cool link, Peter... thanks for that.

zaneselvans said...

Oh man, will you please make those graphics available as stickers? Make Bike Not Car! Hee hee.

mindcaster said...

wow, that is awesome! Spread it, spread it!

Congrats!

(PS: I'm SOOO gonna 'abuse' those graphics :))

Zakkaliciousness said...

mindcaster... what is 'copyright' in Dutch? :-)

Zakkaliciousness said...

Zaneselvans: Stickers available here

mindcaster said...

all in good faith :)

check out my sidebar and linkage..

Anonymous said...

Fantastic exhibition. Canberra's a good cycling town, too, but nothing like Copenhagen!

The funny thing, though, is that the exhibition is right on the route I take along the lake to get to and from my partner's place. The night it opened, I was cruising along the bike path, and found that it was completely blocked by a great big marquee, and heaps of people drinking champagne. I was outraged that some bastards were blocking the path, and wondered who would make cycling so difficult. I dismounted to walk my bike through the crowds, and soon realised that it was an exhibition promoting cycling! Classic.

Zakkaliciousness said...

thanks for that great comment!

OneLessChineseToaster said...

Is there any chance to get this wonderful-sounding exhibition to Melbourne, Victoria? We are about 30 years behind Europe in our sustainable cycling culture down here and this would be a great vision for a cycle-friendly future!

Zakkaliciousness said...

the exhibition is on its way to Brisbane and Adelaide... no word on Melbourne yet. i'll keep you posted on the blog.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update zakkaliciousness; please let us know (and more importantly perhaps how to assist with securing its being here) if we could be lucky enough to see this exciting exhibition. There are quite a few local organisations (councils, community radio, bicycle groups, etc) I could contact on your behalf to encourage attendance! The best place to host the exhibition would be at one of the Federation Square buildings - in the heart of Melbourne City. Would it be worthwhile contacting the Danish consulate in Melbourne?

onelesschinesetoaster said...

Sorry about forgetting to name the last post - it was me!

Zakkaliciousness said...

don't worry, i knew it was you...!
i don't know if they have a consulate in Melbourne.
You can try the Sydney consulate.

Or you can send me an email at copenhagencyclechic [at] gmaildotcom and i can email you the curator's email.

it's been in canberra and sydney and it's going to adelaide and brisbane... how can it NOT go to Australia's culture capital!? Not least because I used to live there!

peter santos said...

The exhibition will come to Melbourne, at the moment there is a lot of effort put in for it to be at Fed Square, you will hear more, soon.

onelesschinesetoaster said...

Great news to hear the exhibition will be coming to Melbourne! Peter, if you would like some assistance please let me know - you can contact me via zakkaliciousness (who now has my email). Would be happy to chat!

Thomas said...

It is opening in Brisbane CIty council in the coming days... It should be in Melbourne 10th of August at Fedsquare, we are working out the details now... then in Adelaide and Perth... Stay posted...
Best. Thomas (curator)

KT said...

You guys should come to San Francisco!

Zakkaliciousness said...

that would be cool. it's up to the curator and the foreign ministry, though.