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We had a visit from Shanghai. A group of very well educated and well informed people named FuturistCirkle aiming to influence the future of Chinese industry. A good chance to discuss our thoughts on local production, RECLAIMING PRODUCTION, fair production, sociallly and environmentally sustainable business and the general moral and aesthetics of fair capitalism (meaning capitalism under democratic control with rules like a maximum allowed fortune and symbiotic exchange of ressources etc.) These are all core subjects for us in N55 at the moment and in focus of our artistic practice and research.
We are primarily working on the XYZ CARGO/ XYZ SPACEFRAME VEHICLES project at the moment. Designer He Di made a short interview with ion in March: Watch the video here. We also had a visit by students from Konstfack in Stockholm recently, did a talk and showed what we are working with:
Latest XYZ CARGO model, XYZ CARGO SHORT:
We are involved in building a monument for peace in front of the Danish Defence headquarters in Jutland. It will basically become a combination of a monument and a playground with large swings. We are still waiting for part of the building permit. The steel needed for the construction arrived recently though:
We are currently working on a large permanent public art project in Denmark. Together with Anne Romme and Anne Bagger we are also working on a large scale project based on the SPACEPLATES GREENHOUSE with a collaborator in Florida, USA.
We had a very busy year in 2017. We participated in the 11ª Bienal de Arquitetura de São Paulo, Gwangju Design Biennale, State of DESIGN, Berlin, Ecovention Europe, Museum De Domijnen among other exhibitions. The XYZ CARGO project is constantly growing and developing and new models are added. The learning process of creating and maintaining a sustainable art-business is very satisfying. Have a look at xyzcargo.com or look up @xyzcargo on Facebook.
Here is a special XYZ CARGO TRIKE for an exhibition called Ecovention Europe at the Museum De Domijnen in the Netherlands:
The XYZ CARGO CLEAN AIR TRIKE actively removes harmfull particles from the air. At a cycling speed of 25 km/h the system cleans 4.86 m3 of air per hour. A human being would inhale about 0,5 m3 per hour. The filter removes between 80 and 90 percent of 0,4 μm size particles from the air. The clean air is distributed in public space and hereby shared directly with other persons.
The CIRCULAR LIVING SYSTEM, Till Wolfer & N55, Hamburg 2017:
The CIRCULAR LIVING SYSTEM is a closed loop system for local and independent food production from own waste. On one hand It allows individuals to plant food locally and to cook. On the other hand, the resulting biowaste and excrements can be recycled in an integrated DIY biogas plant: they are returned to cooking gas and fertilizer for the new food production. The CIRCULAR LIVING SYSTEM proposes an alternative to the existing one-way street of food import, consumption and waste processing: a local, self-sustaining cycle that enables food production and waste recycling at self-determined conditions. The CIRCULAR LIVING SYSTEM consists of four circularly connected elements:
- Local garden - fertilized by its own biowaste
- Cooking station - Powered by self-produced biogas
- Collecting station - Bio waste and collective toilet for faecal upcycling
- DIY biogas plant - Generates biogas for cooking and gardening from organic waste
The CIRCULAR LIVING SYSTEM is based on the open source system XYZ OPEN CITY by N55 & Till Wolfer - a modular construction system for rooms and infrastructure. The CIRCULAR LIVING SYSTEM was developed by Till Wolfer & N55 in cooperation with Dirk Manns. All elements can be made inexpensively with hand tools made of standard materials themselves.
If anybody should wonder why we focus so much on the XYZ CARGO project these years, (we are working on other projects too) here is an article that might provide some degree of overview: CARGO BIKES AS AN ARTISTIC MEDIUM. It is a way of operating in public space and trying to work with the aesthetics of setting up a fair production and distribution of things at the same time. Have a look at xyzcargo.com or look up @xyzcargo on Facebook, or instagram xyzcargo to see the latest developments.
We are busy developing the ROOMCYCLES/ XYZ CARGO TRUCK. More about that soon. New exhibitions comming up soon as well.
President Obama studying a copy of the XYZ CARGO BIKE
We are currently participating in exhibitions at museums in Budapest, Berlin, Dresden and Gent. We recently took part in the Triennale der Moderne in Dessau. It has been a very busy year with a focus on developing the XYZ OPEN CITY project further together with a number of collaborators and of course the XYZ CARGO project. Learning how to share and developing and exploring the aesthetics and ethics of production and things that we need in our everyday life is becomming more and more important. We are standing at a crossroad: Either we find new ways of producing things locally in a socially and environmentally sustainable way and develop systems of distributing raw materials in a fair way globally or we will find ourselves in a situation where production and raw materials are controlled by very few extreemly wealthy and powerfull organisations/ persons.
Talk in our studio during the B_Tour festival in Copenhagen, 2016
We have done a lot of talks and workshops in the last three months. Also for students visiting our studio here in Copenhagen. Together we made quick interventions in public space using the XYZ OPEN CITY system.
We have updated N55 discussions with a text called WE ARE ALL USEFUL IDIOTS
We have just finished the prototype for a new XYZ CARGO model as part of the development of the XYZ SPACEFRAME VEHICLES project. The XYZ CARGO FOURWHEELER is a four -wheel-cycle that can be used for a lot of different purposes. Anything from transporting up to four people to carrying heavy loads. We also updated http://www.xyzcargo.com/ and introduced the project on facebook https://www.facebook.com/XYZCARGO/
Together with programmer Tobias Grundvig, we have taken the first steps to develop a XYZ ROBOTICS KIT, an Arduino based system for bulding robots. It uses the XYZ NODES construction system together with 3d printed parts and electronic components. The first prototype we made can make precise holes in tubes:
We also made a SHOP in the Laznia Center for Contemporary Art in Gdansk, Poland:
Together with Anne Romme we are working on several SPACEPLATES projects in various countries. We will develop this project further in the comming years. It has been on hold for a while due to Anne finishing her PHD.
Back from a 2 months vacation. Working on the XYZ CARGO project. Till is currently representing N55 in Paris at the POC 21.The SPACEPLATES
UNDERWATER HABITAT is almost ready to be submerged in Sydney Harbour:
We enjoyed using the XYZ OPEN CITY system to create a XYZ OPEN CITY HANGOUT in front of the danish parlament as part of a workshop with students from the University of Copenhagens Summerschool in collaboration with Till Wolfer:
It has been a very busy spring. We have shown a large version of XYZ OPEN CITY in Aarhus Denmark and we did an exhibition/ workshop/ porposal for a new arboretum centre at Carleton college, Minnesota, USA. We have increased the production of XYZ SPACEFRAME VEHICLES as part of the Open Source based business XYZ CARGO. People are riding XYZ CARGO cycles in more and more places primarily in Europe.
At the moment three N55 works can be seen at the CITY CAMPING situation at the banks of the Seine in central Paris, FREE URBAN HABITAT SYSTEM, SNAIL SHELL SYSTEM and the PARKCYCLE SWARM:
We are also part of an exhibition called URBAN ORGANISMS at the Newbridge Project in Newcastle, UK:
A new piece of Land in Pennsylvania has been added to LAND:
The production of the SPACEPLATES UNDERWATER HABITAT in Sydney Australia is progressing fine:
We are currently staying at the Carleton College in Minnesota, USA as part of a residency made possible
by a the Ward Lucas Lectures Series and Ross Elfline. We are doing a workshop together with the students focusing on a proposal for a new Arboretum Centre in Northfield and the illusion of ownership of land. As part of this we have built a prototype of ROOMCYCLES:
"The ROOMCYCLES is an Open Source, low cost modular system that can be used by persons to reclaim, use and inhabit areas like streets or parking lots normally reserved for cars.
A basic ROOMCYCLES unit consist of a four wheel human powered mobile platform with a minimal room mounted on top. Each of the ROOMCYCLES can be customized to function for example as a single unit living space, an office, health clinic, workshop, small factory, shop, café or similar.
ROOMCYCLES can also gather up and be combined to form larger temporary rooms and buildings. In this way a new layer of flexible, affordable, mobile and legal rooms and buildings can be added to an existing city layout and make room for new forms of social activities and ways of living."
The result of the process wil be shown at an exibition at the Braucher Gallery together with a retrospective representation of N55 works
We are also preparing a comprehensive exhibition at Aarhus Kunsthal: Extreme Sharing, part of the Collective Making series, developed by Joasia Krysa. N55 will present a new XYZ OPEN CITY:
WELCOME TO XYZ OPEN CITY!
XYZ OPEN CITY is an open source, modular, low cost system made by N55 that persons in local communities can use as a tool to implement a wide range of shared functions in public space. With XYZ OPEN CITY N55 proposes to share things in public space as an alternative to state or private ownership and hereby to establish new commons. XYZ OPEN CITY can plug into existing infrastructure and change the functions of existing buildings, indoors or outdoors, or it can be used to build a new city from scratch. The XYZ OPEN CITY system can be seen as a do-it-yourself urban planning tool; An alternative to the top down urban planning that dominates most cities in the world. N55 encourage persons to build their own XYZ OPEN CITIES.
The XYZ OPEN CITY constructed at Aarhus Kunsthal has an emphasis on sharing and local production and distribution. Not just the actual production of things and distribution of actual things but also the production of meaning and that what is significant to us in our everyday life.
07.FEB.2015 - 22.MAR.2015. Opening the 6th of Febryary. Download PDF version of the manual for the exhibition here
PLEASE HELP YOURSELF!
Among other things we are setting up a temporary XYZ OPEN CITY in Estonia, developing a new project called ROOMS CYCLE, working on the socially and environmentally sustainable XYZ CARGO project ( art as a part of everyday life), participating in an exhibition at the Songwon Art Center in Seoul, Korea. On top of that we have to deliver the final design and finish the manual for the UNDERWATER HABITAT project in Sydney, Australia in early Oktober..
The N55 ROCKET SYSTEM is part of COMING SOON: real imaginary futures, an exhibition organized by Bureau Europa, Maastricht, NL. We are also represented locally in our neighborhood in Copenhagen at: SWEET HOME - HOMELESS (CPH photo festival), Gallopperiet, Stadens Museum for Kunst, Freetown Christiania
Have a look at these articles about the XYZ CARGOs here
: lowtechmagazine.com and Treehugger.com
Das Fahrrad / The Bike” in Hamburg’s Museum Of Work. N55 in collaboration with Till Wolfer
The XYZ CARGOs are part of the new exhibition “Das Fahrrad / The Bike” in Hamburg’s Museum Of Work. Our new XYZ CARGO homepage is up and running and almost ready: www.xyzcargo.com.
WALKING HOUSE is currently part of a show at the MOA, Museum of Art, Seoul Korea. PARCYCLE SWARM is represented at the exhibition URBAN NATURE at the Copenhagen Museum. Recently we were invited to be part of a roundtabel discussion at DAC, The Danish centre of Architecture as part of the Copenhagen ArchitectureX Film Festival. The Swedish Documentary MICROTOPIA, that we are participating in, was also shown on this occassion and by the Danish national television.
We are still working on the large scale urban development project in Hedehusene in the outskirts of Copenhagen, invited by White Architects.
Its getting more and more clear to us how we all need to: Scale down consumption, take up less space, share more, repair more and produce as much of the things that we need in our everyday life locally. its also crucial to develope systems for fair distribution of raw materials and our planets ressources in general. The XYZ CARGOS are an important part of N55´s attempt to find ways of living in compliance with all this.
Art as a part of everyday life: XYZ CARGO BIKE, Copenhagen 2014
N55 have now tested the new XYZ CARGO BIKE and it works beyond all expectations. Its really fast, steady, slim, lightweight and introducing a whole new "flat front" design of the front wheel and steering geometry. We will finish some details and test it thoroughly within the next couple of months and then make it available as a finished bike, as a kit or offer persons to build their own at workshops along with the XYZ CARGO TRIKE. The XYZ CARGO BIKE is based on the N55 Open Source project XYZ SPACEFRAME VEHICLES and is designed in collaboration with Till Wolfer and Jesper Rølund. The XYZ BABY ( made in collaboration with Anne Romme) is also on its way so we will be able to offer three models soon: XYZ CARGO TRIKE, XYZ CARGO BIKE and the XYZ CARGO BABY. The overall work with art as a part of everyday life will continue and a lot of everyday life things are on the way...
The XYZ CARGO BIKE is based on the XYZ SPACEFRAMES VEHICLES and hereby on the general XYZ NODES system. the new manual for XYZ NODES can be found here.
Here is the newest version of XYZ CARGO BIKE. ( 13th of march 2014) We are still fixing small details, but its almost ready...
At the moment N55 is also working with the following things:
We are involved in a large scale urban planning project in Hedehusene, Denmark, with White Architects, Malmø. N55s main strategy is to convince the clients that a major distribution of power in society is needed, in order to find ways of existing with as small concentrations of power as possible, so that any real changes can happen. The power of logic versus the logic of power. The guys at White have created a fantastic team of specialists in very different fields and its really interesting to be part of this.
Together with architect Anne Romme, Engineer Anne Bagger and Engineer Daniel Sang-Hoon Lee, we are developing a SPACEPLATES underwater habitat, for marin biologist Loyd Godson, to be placed at the Great Barrier reef in Australia. Its going to be realized soon.
We have just started a new collaboration with Dane Shea aiming to make an open source XYZ 3D PRINTER. It will be based on the XYZ NODES system and different open source hardware and software. Really exciting!
We are currently planning a situation in Denver Colorado together with Architect/ Artist/ Curator Rori Knudtson later this year. It will include the use of XYZ CARGO cycles s and maybe also the XYZ OPEN CITY.
XYZ CARGO BIKE PROTOTYPE
We have just finished installing a prototype of XYZ OPEN CITY in Groningen, The Netherlands. XYZ OPEN CITY is an open source, modular, low cost system that persons in local communities can use as a tool to implement a wide range of shared functions in public space. The XYZ OPEN CITY system can be used to build anything from urban gardens to fully functional insulated housing. Building materials can be new or recycled. XYZ OPEN CITY constructions can be dedicated to a specific purpose like for example an OPEN POWER STATION based on solar panels and/or wind turbines or it can form multifunctional buildings providing a variety of facilities. It can also be used to construct new infrastructure like bridges, etc. With XYZ OPEN CITY N55 proposes to share things in public space as an alternative to state or private ownership and hereby to establish new commons. XYZ OPEN CITY can plug into existing infrastructure and change the functions of existing buildings, indoors or outdoors, or it can be used to build a new city from scratch. When the system is implemented in an area, it can grow in relation to local needs and wishes. The XYZ OPEN CITY system can be seen as a do-it-yourself urban planning tool; An alternative to the top down urban planning that dominates most cities in the world. N55 encourage persons to build their own XYZ OPEN CITIES and hereby influence their local urban environments. The single modules are so lightweight that a crowd of people can carry one each, gather up at a site and quickly create a large structure with different functions in public space.
The manual for XYZ OPEN CITY can be found here
We have just tested the new PARKCYCLE SWARM in Copenhagen. The PARKCYCLE SWARM is a modular system that empower persons to build an instant public park whenever and wherever they want to. The PARKCYCLE SWARM consists of a number of human powered mobile gardens. The individual gardens can be combined to form public parks. A PARKCYCLE SWARM can consist of any number of individual gardens.
Check out the manual for PARKCYCLE SWARM here
The PARKCYCLE SWARM system is based on the XYZ SPACEFRAME VEHICLES project. ( Please find the manual here). PARKCYCLE SWARM is an Open Source project by N55 and Till Wolfer in collaboration with the Rebar group.
XYZ CARGO workshop at Pb43
We have just finished a 5 day workshop at Pb43 ( A user driven cultural center in Copenhagen ) Have a look at a video made in the situation here.
We are currently doing a workshop at the Ecological production school in Copenhagen, Teaching the students how to build a XYZ CARGO from scratch. In the next month we will do two workshops in Leipzig, Germany and one in Hamburg.
The last couple of months we have been concentrating on developing and finishing the design of the XYZ CARGO. Its based on our Open Source construction system XYZ SPACEFRAME VEHICLES. In order to finance the further development of new free designs we are now starting up a production and distribution of the XYZ CARGO. The XYZ CARGO have been thoroughly tested and its ready!. The aim is to produce as much as possible of the vehicle locally and to produce and sell it in a fair way. The economy involved in the production will be completely transparent. It will be published in order for buyers to see what our fee for producing and assembling the XYZ CARGO is. You can preview the XYZ CARGO. com site here. The XYZ SHOP will be fully functional and ready before the first of June 2013.
The attempt to make an actual product based on a fair and environmentally friendly way of thinking
is part of an ongoing experiment focusing on low tech systems like the XYZ NODES construction system ( manual will be published soon) and high tech systems like the SPACEPLATES. We are trying to find ways of distributing our work where it can become part of any persons everyday life if they want it. At the same time we are researching the ethical and aesthetic implications of production and distribution. Can we find new and more fair ways of producing and distributing things?
More thoughts on design, production and distribution of things here: WE ARE ALL DESIGNERS
From now on N55 NEWS will be updated more frequently. It will work as a timeline and new stuff will just be added.
We participated in 13 exhibitions in 2012. News about our exhibition activity can always be found at N55 CV.
Please find a new updated version of the SPACEPLATES GREENHOUSE manual here
SPACEPLATES GREENHOUSE in Bristol, UK
In December we will travel to Hong Kong to participate in the exhibition "Design Renegade", with XYZ MOBILE FACTORY:
Setting up the XYZ MOBILE FACTORY in Hong Kong
We are participating in the exhibition "Get it louder" in Beijing and we gave a talk there recently.
We have developed a new Version of the XYZ SPACEFRAME VEHICLES: The XYZ CARGO. Find some pictures of it in the manual for XYZ SPACEFRAME VEHICLES here. We aim to take this project all the way and make our art part of everyday life for any person that would like it to be so. In order to find out if its possible to establish a fair way of producing and selling things locally under the realm of Open Source, and Creative Commons, we have decided to set up a MICRO BUSINESS producing and selling XYZ CARGOs locally and under fair conditions. We have been working for months in order to refine the design and production and we hope to be able to deliver homemade XYZ CARGOs in the spring. At the beginning of next year a crowdfunding campaign will be set up, enabling everyone to support this further development of XYZ SPACEFRAME VEHICLES. Also we are searching for collaborators in production and distribution here . An internet store possibility for online ordering of XYZ CARGOs will be available soon. Until then inquire about prices ETC and place your order here. The manuals for the basic XYZ construction principles and the XYZ recumbent type will nonetheless remain for public download as specified here.
XYZ CARGO read more here
We are continuing our research into SPACEPLATES and an academic paper written together with our collaborators, architect Anne Romme and now also engineer Anne Bagger, about the subject, has been accepted for the ICSA, International Conference Structures and Architecture 2013. Follow the work at the manual for SPACEPLATES GREENHOUSE. New summer photos of the worlds first permanent large structure using the principles can be found here
Negative gaussian curvature- model by Johann Rooijackers made for
the further development of the SPACEPLATES system.
We are looking for someone that can help us updating the N55 BOOK for printing a new edition. The current edition is from 2003. So there is a lot of new work to include. See more here
We have published two new N55 TEXTS: WE ARE ALL DESIGNERS, and THE POWER OF LOGIC VERSUS THE LOGIC OF POWER-urban planning.
A new MOVEMENT CAMPAIGN has been launched: RECLAIM PRODUCTION.
More about this soon. What if a simple construction system could be used to build most of the things persons need in their everyday life, in a sustainable way, from houses, vehicles to furniture etc? Manual for XYZNODES will be published soon!
The WALKING HOUSE has been moved to PB43 in Copenhagen. We are working on fixing a computer problem at the moment.
See WALKING HOUSE walk here.
FAMILY XYZ TOUR, July
XYZ SPACEFRAME VEHICLES, Dundee, Scotland
XYZ FACTORY, cuxhaven, Germany
We are proud to present the first large scale version of the SPACEPLATES building system developed by N55 in collaboration with Anne Romme: The SPACEPLATES GREENHOUSE in Bristol, UK. You can see a video documentation here. See the manual here.
SPACEPLATES GREENHOUSE. Bristol, UK. 2012
SPACEPLATES GREENHOUSE prototype, Copenhagen 2011
Relaxing at The ONE CITY CAMPAIGN site, 2011
WALKING HOUSE is now part of the ONE CITY CAMPAIGN in the center of Copenhagen.ONE CITY CAMPAIGN is a collaboration between N55, Anne Romme and the INSTANT HERLEV institute. The ONE CITY CAMPAIGN attempts to create connections between the urban and the suburban.
A number of things and persons will participate in the ONE CITY CAMPAIGN during the comming year. The N55 ship, the SHIP OF FOOLS will be moored at a central site in Copenhagen, where food will be grown etc. The SHIP OF FOOLS together with the WALKING HOUSE will serve as accomodation for persons working in the situation.
You can see WALKING HOUSE walk here. Watch a time lapse video here. The very first steps can be watched here. Or read about it in Dwell magazine here.
WALKING HOUSE at the ONE CITY CAMPAIGN, 2011
XYZ SPACEFRAME VEHICLES are also part of the ONE CITY CAMPAIGN. Please see the manual here or watch them in action here.
N55 are currently developing a new system called the PUBLIC SPACE ROVER in collaboration with Bill Mckenna, Sam Kronick and Anne Romme. The PUBLIC SPACE ROVER will be used to perform various missions in PUBLIC SPACE. At the moment we are working on the control systems. It can be controlled by a smartphone or a computer positioned anywhere in the world using the internet and wifi. Watch a walking test at the ONE CITY CAMPAIGN here
PUBLIC SPACE ROVER taking a walk at ONE CITY CAMPAIGN
COMMUNAL BAKERY was realized last spring in Rotterdam and will be part of the ONE CITY CAMPAIGN this summer in COPENHAGEN.
Have a look at the new manual for WORK IN PROGRESS here
DISCUSSIONS have been updated. Read new text here.
We have updated WALKING HOUSE SITUATIONS
We have updated MICRO DWELLINGS SITUATIONS
We have updated URBAN FREE HABITAT SYSTEM SITUATIONS
Manual for SOLAR POWER STATION (1999) has been added
N55 BOOK was released in January 2004. Please notice that there
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NEWS was last updated March 2012
Thanks to Grethe Lund for photos of the ONE CITY CAMPAIGN
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