Nanna Damsgaard Larsen

Hey, this is me and my two bikes (the first was stolen, then I bought a new one, and after some months I actually found the stolen bike and brought it home), Im Nanna, Im from Denmark and I study aestetics and culture.

I live in a collective, a big house with 5 of my friends. This place has come to define me over the past 2 years. It has of course something to do with the wonderful people who live and come here, but Aarhus is also a big reason why I find myself settled here. Aarhus has the perfect size. My favorite thing about the city is, that here you have to, and is able to, say yes to almost all offers. In Copenhagen for example you will have to say no to a lot of offers all the time. When something happens in Aarhus, people will support about it. Therefor its also easier to start something here. Aarhus is ready for action.
My number 2 favorite city is Berlin, classic stuff, but the simple reason is the people there. You are never alone in Berlin, people around you look at you and are not afraid to say hello. At least that is the experience I keep having, when I go to Berlin. And then they have secret parties.

Here's my subjective map of Aarhus:

My hybrid space was
Just-eat – connecting people

My hybrid space is Just-eat is a website where you can order all kinds of different food, for example here in Aarhus it is possible to order from several kinds of restaurants, mainly junk food stores. I chose this as a hybrid space, because this is a place that connects reality in different places through a media – the internet.
It hit me on Valentine’s day when I was in my bed with a friend and we were hungry. We were watching a movie and suddenly we wanted to try out that thing everyone was talking about ”just-eat”. After a couple of clics on the Internet, we had ordered our pizza and 30 minutes later the door bell rang and our pizza was physically in our bed. ”Forgetting the space “in between” is a characteristic of net- worked systems” (From cyber to hybrid, page 7) as Adriana de Souza e Silva1 writes in her essay about hybrid spaces, we actually forgot the space in between. It was a bit like magic.
The definition of hybrid spaces according to Souza a Silva is “Hybrid spaces are mobile spaces, created by the constant movement of users who carry portable devices continuously connected to the Internet and to other users” (From cyber to hybrid, page 2) and that suits with just-eat. It is a mobile space, kind of a not-physical space, and you can, so to say, carry it with you – if of course you have wireless internet - which everyone almost have today wherever they go, and I think that because of that, we have sooo many hybrid spaces in our society these days.
“I look at hybrid spaces as social spaces, analyzing the shift of communication spaces from cyberspace to hybrid spaces” (From cyber to hybrid, page 3) says Souza e Silval also about the hybrid space. Actually this also fits with just-eat, meaning that I got in contact with, not only a pizza that night, but also the guy who brought it to me. I found his pizza place through just-eat and he delivered my meal with a smile. We even had a little chat while I found the money to pay him with.
“Unlike traditional social public places, such as bars, squares, and automobiles, these new communities are reconfigured in hybrid spaces, because their users are simultaneously moving through physical space while connected in real time to other users via digital technology depending on their relative positions in physical space.” (From cyber to hybrid, page 10). It is interesting with these hybrid spaces, that the spaces not actually insists in reality, but still you can meet people there. Maybe if I’m lucky, I can meet my pizza friend again if I order from his pizza place. Just-eat connects people – just like Nokia, I guess you could call that a hybrid space as well.
“Mobile communication technologies recreate urban spaces as multiuser environments” (From cyber to hybrid, page 15) However, just-eat may not recreate urban spaces, although it is a kind of mobile communication. It doesn’t make us communicate in the city – but hey, I got my wish of a Valentine’s pizza AND a new pizza friend. Thankyou just-eat.

My audiostand can be found on first class.

I performed group 4A's .walk together with Kenneth and Morten. Here's what we did and saw:

My mis-guide is also on first class.

The 6 questions answered by me:

1. Our first assignment where we had to make an individual map of Aarhus. Also when somebody mentioned the arcitect Hundertwasser, I didn’t know his houses before and I have afterwards given them a lot of thought.
2. I enjoyed reading about the situationists. I was at a lecture about it just around the same time we red about it in Comm. in the city. That text was one which connected comm. In the city with my main studie; aestetics and culture.
3. One thing I learned from the readings is, that there IS written this much about the exciting subject ”urban exploring”. I have never thought of it as scientific material, but Im glad it is.
4. The personal maps. And the hybrid space presented by one of the students: chat roulette. I think that is such a brilliant hybrid space, and I have enjoyed showing the website to my friends.
5. The first assignment about making a profile on wikidot was a good way to start the course. I enjoy checking out the other students in class and see what cities they like the most. The second assignment I drew a very personal map of Aarhus. I had so much fun and felt very creative. Ass. Number 3, I had ”” as my bybrid space. A website where you can order food from a high number of restaurants in your city. I find it very hybrid that you can lie in your bed, go to the internet and 10 minutes later your door bell will ring and then dinner is served. Ass. 4 – the audio stand. I recorded 2 minutes of sound in my garden and sampled the sounds in GarageBand – which was great because I haven’t experienced the features of that program yet. Now I love it. Ass. 5 – the walk. Me and some friends did the walk together and actually bumbed into several places in the city we haven’t been before. Ass. 6, I made a mis-guide where you have to go out in the city, spot a person with a red jacket and follow the person.
6. As written, I really liked the subjective mapping assignment. That was a very good introduction to the course.

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