Wednesday, December 05, 2007


Courtesy of: ckyoung2007, Nov.28th,2007


More on the relationship between humans and space.
The first example; connecting with Nunavut Youth through HipHip i.e. negotiating the inside (of who you're, what YOU're etc.) on the outside!

Courtesy of:
Buddha from CFM - Blueprint for Life

The second example; a pedagogical introduction to parkour - an activity a became aware of trought my network. Have you heard about that? No? Play and listen carefully how Karen Palmer takes the Outside -> Inside

Found at: the capital B. (B. positive, B. sustainable, B. creative). Courtesy of SLAMCAMSPAM

Tuesday, December 04, 2007


GU is the abbreviation of High School Education in Greenland.
....... the openning remark of this video about high school life in Aasiaat in Northern Greenland......
I am blogging it here because it gives a good picture of student everyday life. Friendship, feast, happiness and sorrow, living away from home, enjoying the freedom to do what you want, learning, fresch air etc. I've tryed to live at the dormitory in Sisimiut and from what I see in this video I totally recognize the image of everyday life of young students. It's not party all the time!

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Declaration on Climate Change from Youth of the Arctic

Found this on the website of Arctic Youth Network (a grassroots organization that works to connect young Northerners to the opportunities around them, to their communities, and to the policies that affect their daily lives.)

...if you protect the Arctic, you protect the world!
...we're willing to make a difference and challenge you to do the same...
posted on YouTube July 26, 2007

Friday, November 23, 2007

Youth, New Media, Workshop, Arctic, Nunavut

.... the work end engagement of different generations. From the perspective of new media. From my work with youth in Sisimiut I see many paralels - interest, skills, visions, creativity, strong-willed youth.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Conceptions of space - new article for IPSSAS proceedings

I've just turned in my article for the IPSSAS proceedings (5th IPSSAS - in Copenhagen; theme. urban living.) The article is not accepted yet. Here are some tid bits from the text.

Title: Conceptions of space - the smoking place, a view from a skidoo & playgrounds in Sisimiut.

Abstract: This paper should be seen as a first step towards my PhD. dissertation, based on investigations conducted among young people in Sisimiut, Greenland. The questions raised in this paper are concerned with a multifaceted use and understanding of urban places in present day Greenland and discussed in relation to social theory on space.

My PhD project investigates how youth in Greenland use and understand urban settings. The overall aim is to describe and analyse movements and creativity in the second biggest town of Greenland, Sisimiut. Moreover, in my dissertation I would like to discuss how knowledge and skills embedded in the local youth culture can connect with ideas implemented in the newest school statutory instrument Atuarfitsialak (the good school).
In my present approach to conceptions of space among young people in Sisimiut, I concentrate on presenting some of my fieldwork data, specifically a number of technology reports about leisure, produced by students at the local Technical School. Furthermore, in this text I would like to engage in the investigation of meanings of socio-spatial issues, such as the interaction between young people and urban environment. Elaborating upon the concept of space will hopefully clarify my approach to implementing collected data in a theoretical framework, currently under construction.
In this text, it is assumed that one of the most fundamental goals of every society is to create and instil in young people the knowledge and skills required for active participation. Greenland is by no means an exception. It is also assumed that young people in Greenland enjoy the mix and qualities of both traditional and modern life and diversities of cultural and political meanings. Finally, it is assumed that Sisimiut is a city, even though it only has 6000 citizens. As any other urban setting, Sisimiut encompasses decisive social networks, politics of space, architectural forms, and historical monuments, all intertwined and expressed in the fragmented modern reality.
All assumptions stated above are based on my project data collected during 6 month of field work during 2006 and 2007 (and additionally confirmed during several stays in Greenland in connection with earlier field work or employment.)

Leisure - a theme for a technology project
The smoking place

A view from a skidoo

Ivalu Lynge Rasmussen presents space in Sisimiut from the point of view of a skidoo. Ivalu’s project is called; “Project about leisure’s best friend and nature’s worst enemy – the skidoo! (2007)” In her report, Ivalu presents different aspects of riding a skidoo in Sisimiut. In a contrast to Jens and Nicki’s report (on the smoking shelter at school), Ivalu’s work results in a protective mask, securing healthy and enjoyable movement in and around Sisimiut.
Riding a skidoo during winter time is the most preferred leisure activity for Ivalu, her boyfriend and his family, whom she calls a skidoo family. Every time Ivalu is out on a ride she takes her digital camera and takes pictures of frolicking Greenlanders on skidoos, the nature, mountains and views over the sea. On her skidoo trips, Ivalu learned about suffering from frostbite on chin and nose. To avoid frostbite, Ivalu explains that one can wear a mask, which many people have bought but choose not to wear anyway, because available masks make it difficult to breathe through. In order to solve this problem, Ivalu produced a comfortable, breathable mask. The mask sample is made out of wind proof garment and fleece, designed in a girlie look. Unfortunately, Ivalu didn’t have the time to try out her product since her report was produced during spring and temperatures where already rising that time. Actually, I suspect, that Ivalu’s main purpose in choosing her topic wasn’t exactly driven by anticipating a revolution in accessories for skidoos, but more likely by a desire to elaborate on the role of skidoos in reaching different places around Sisimiut. She loves what she does and the front page of her report stand alone gives the reader a hint about what to expect. Most of her report is actually about different spatial activities using skidoos. “What do you get out of riding a skidoo in your spare time?”,” The technique of a lethal jumps”, ”Photo series from skidoo trips by nature’s paparazzi,” fill up most of Ivalu’s report.
Let us now concentrate on the perception of space in Ivalu’s stories. Ivalu takes us to different places in Sisimiut. She makes her first point about the ability to reach remote places on a skidoo. You can reach Kangerlussuaq by skidoo, the traffic hub of Greenland, the glacier Aqqukitsoq; “and many other places, which by the way got their names such as Bottleneck, Highway, Playground, Family Mountain, Qooroorsuaq and many more (ibid.:3).” She also points out that many young people love to show off by jumping over the road e.g. 5km from the city. In this case, Ivalu describes what the machine can accomplish in jumping over the road. In her scrupulous description of a freestyle technique Ivalu connects specific space with ideas of style. Later, in her photo series, she presents a variety of views available by riding a skidoo on top of the mountains. The skidoo takes e.g. Ivalu up to 1400 meters from where she can see the glacier Aqqutikitsoq and from where her friends plan a downhill ride never done before. The photo series is mainly about what one can accomplish with the machine but the images also tell a story about an important feature of Sisimiut countryside – namely the mountains. Ivalu's image descriptions exemplify localities mentioned earlier (Bottleneck, Qooroorsuaq etc.). When I think about my other informants, they also refer to the mountain scenery as well, when I ask about their opinion about Sisimiut, its potentials, and differences from other cities in Greenland. Additionally, Ivalu’s perception of space is in my opinion a result of her personal orientation. In her report we learn about specific space from a young women’s perspective, emphasizing her aspirations of winter and the countryside.
Ivalu’s report is in my opinion a useful example in presenting young people’s perception of space in Sisimiut. Ivalu’s narratives about skidoo activities around Sisimiut is most importantly a significant contribution to understanding space interconnected with ideas of lifestyles. Perceptions of space vary in Sisimiut, as do lifestyles. Nevertheless, many things indicate that perceptions of space and lifestyles relate to each other. In Ivalu’s report, narrating space interconnects with Ivalu’s personal preferences. To put it the other way around, Ivalu’s lifestyle constitutes features of narrating space in her report.

Playgrounds in Sisimiut

Space: in the context of personal narratives

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Connecting with Nunavut Youth through Hip Hop

Courtesy of: Buddha from CFM -
Read info on Nunavut Project -

Read also: "It’s more about survival than gangstas, break dance veteran tells Iqaluit teens..." - Nunatsiaq News -
and "Clyde River breakdance session breaks down age barriers" also from Nunatsiaq News -

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Phase 5 of FIELDWORK

August the 30th - September the 27th 2007

- planning of exhibition underway
- funding for creative workshop not available yet

Monday, July 30, 2007


Phase 1: 19/07-12/09 2006
Phase 2: 09/02-06/03 2007
Phase 3: 22/03-20/04 2007
Phase 4: 02/07-27/07 2007

Phase 5: September 2007

Main objectives:
Info about my project to the community. Exhibition at Sisimiut Museum. If funding from BG Fonden or Augustinus Fonden available - workshop with 2 artists.


Strong willed youth: guides and teachers on the land
I'm writing this from Copenhagen.On top of all my doings and whereabouts in Sisimiut and the nearby hamlet Assaqutaq I'm rather stunned, sitting in my home and reflecting on a beautiful, educational and rather expensive hike from the Fiord of Akulleq to Kangerlussuaq (approx. 80 km.) IT WAS WORTH EVERY PENNY! Erni and Karina made it safe and insightful on the land. Hard working and educating. I have written it before, nevertheless, I write it again. The project "Strong Willed Youth" wouldn't have been possible without support from Kim Olsvig Møller, the local Nature & Culture guide in Sisimiut.
We took off from Assaqutaq on Sunday afternoon bound to Akulleq from where we started a 4 day journey. Weather was both warm, chilly and rainy. The bags were heavy. The mood and talks personal, full of awareness and joy full. In the following I present couple of images from the trip and some footage done by my mobile phone. Summary of our trip/route is in the middle.
Can I really study Urban Youth on the Land? The answer is YES! Not only are my two guides having a life in an urban setting, but both agree that boundaries of the city go beyond the "urban" limits / buildings and roads.
Sisimiut city has a lot of nature. During both winter and summer youth go out on the country. Be it skying, hiking or a day trip. During our trip we met youth from Youth Club Nutaraq on their way from Kangerlussuaq. They were stunned by meeting us. How come that Erni can hike when he always drives a car in the city? How come Karina is hiking, when she's all about homework and party? This says a bit about how we judge each other. When you get people to know you realize how broad experienced they actually are. In case of Erni and Karina, they're at one and the same moment urban settlers, hunters, sailors and navigators. Party people and jokers, convincing storytellers and honest, caring family members. Friends of friends, Jacks Of All Trades etc................
I want tell the whole story here. This is a blog and you enjoy the images now. I'll have a rest, work on the administration of my project and work on my next trip to Sisimiut in september. The local newspaper SILLEQ will hopefully cover this story. I'm planning on writing and article for AG in co-op with Kim Olsvig Møller. The local TV/Sisimiut TV have made an agreement with Erni and Karina about an interview.

- Departure from Assaqutaq around 13.00. Stop at Sarfannguaq.
- Akulleq Fiord : arrival at 14.30. Hiking to Tourist Hut "Tugtu" until 22.00.
- 02:36 towards Kangerluatsiarsuaq. Reindeer Hunting, First Aid Repetition Course at 05:35. Breakfast at 09:30 in the middle of a green field. Meeting youth from Nutaraq at the top of the fields. Break at the Canoe Pickup point/Amitsorsuaq. Arrival at Canoe Center 14:45.
Erni and I haven't slept for more then 24hours.
24.07.2007 - 17.35 rowing across Amitsorsuaq
25.07.2007 - 00:30 arrival at Turist Hut Amitsorsuaq.15.00 departure for Kangerlussuaq. 21.26 - last stop at the "spooky" hut before heading to Kelly Ville.
26.07.2007 - 00:15 arrival at the hotel.

Idea: Kim Olsvig Møller
Participants: Nukappiaraq/Erni, Karina, Jakub
Logistics: Kim Olsvig Møller, Laarseeraq Skifte, Erni & Karina
Funding: Jakub's PhD project - Youth and the City– investigating urban youth culture in Sisimiut, Greenland: visions, skills and creativity (Danish Research Council); Erni & Karina employed as part of a sub-project "Strong Willed Youth."

Thursday, July 19, 2007


Thursday the 19th of July; returned from Assaqutaq. We had a great time. Seal hunting, working on painting several building in Assaqutaq, playing games etc.
The days in/out town were beautiful. Young people really enjoy to be out on the land, especially sailing and having a chance to be together with their friends. One of the young ladies did a great job in getting hold of many young sisimiormiut. In this way Tuesday was really fun in sense of life in the old hamlet.
Tommorow we have last day in Sisimiut. Making our equipment ready and getting hold of some stuff for the trip to Kangerlussuaq on Sunday. Tomorrow, many people will go to Assaqutaq. We have also agreemtn with Sisimiut TV and the local newspaper who will cover the story of Erni and Karina and me going to Kangerlussuaq.
I'm very tired. Using my time on washing clothes and re-packing. Looking forward to get a sleep, recharge batteries for my camera and leave tomorrow. There will be elders, youth and children - bridging the generations, one could say. Again, the whole thing wouldn't be possible without several individuals work and determination. Yes, many of them are youth!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007


The stage is about to be set for the journey's end. Today the decision on the "Strong-willed youth project" has been made. On Sunday the 21st of July I'll be tracking towards Kangerlussuaq, guided by Nukappiaraq/Erni and Karina. From tomorrow on we shall be working together in Assaqutaq. I'm not sure I'll be able to update this blog before I arrive in Denmark since I only return to town for short shower and final arrangements regarding the transportation of my stuff from the airport. As it looks now, I'm flying out from Kangerlussuaq.
The plan of the approx. 85 km hike is to make research into the urban youth outside the "city limits." I'm glad to be in company of a very determined lady and young man, whom I'm getting to learn the coming days. This project has only been possible by assistance and guidance of Kim Møller Olsvig, Nature Guide in Sisimiut. We are also getting a lots of help from Laarseeraq Skifte - both men getting us ready, supporting by logistics and equipment such as Iridium phone, VHS radio, First Aid packs etc...
Today we had a great and effective day. Inlc. leisure, fishing and sailing, working and planning. It's half past twelve. I'm tired. Getting my gear set, my room packed. I am to be picked up in 7,5 hours. Maybe I'll get the chance to add more from our stay in Assaqutaq before we leave on Sunday.

Saturday, July 14, 2007


As announced earlier, here you go .... enjoy some images of SK8 Sisimiut

WEEK 28 9.7. - 14.7. 2007

A) Waiting, B) Frustration, C) Meeting & discussions, D) Sorting things out, E) Happiness, F) Sailing, G) Tired.... I guess I can write FIELDWORK as well..

This week I spent time on sorting things out regarding the movie "sisimiut" made by Aka. I made an agreement with Sisimut TV on broadcasting the 13min. film in September. I showed the movie to Sisimiut TV and to A. who's in it.
I held several meeting with the Nature Guide regarding Assaqutaq project. Then: photo work, traffic count etc... I also put some work in sending applications for funding for 2 artists who shall assist in a creative workshop during the first 3 weeks of September.

Plans for next weekS are following:
All next week on Assaqutaq project: many young people involved. On the 20th elders and young young/kids will also join the group.
On the 22nd I plan to go to Kangerlussuaq and take the plane on 27th. Well, this is still in progress in regards of planning. The plan is that Erni and a young lady will be joining me on this trip. The group from Assaqutaq will sail us as far as possible up in Amerloq fjord and from there we'll be hiking 5 days. The project is complex in regards of preparation, my own included; such as transport of my things to Kangerlussuaq, getting support and radio gear, security etc. We're at this moment getting a lot of help from adults who participate in meetings and guide us in terms of what to bring, getting our roles of engagement set etc.


Image: Assqutaq in 1954, photographed by Torben Krogh. Courtesy of Sisimiut Museum.

This day was a result of a planning meeting at Nutaraq on the 11th of July. The Nature Guide, Community House in Sisimiut, Enterpreneur Laarseeraq Skifte and Youth Club Nutaraq are in cooperation working on upgrading facilities at a closed down hamlet Assaqutaq. Situated about 15 min. from the city by boat .
Friday was the day where all material needed for renovation was moved to Assaqutaq. I sailed first with Erni to fetch dinghies needed for transportation. In the evening we moved all material.
On Monday it's our plan to go for a week and work on the necessary construction/renewal of different buildings. We were only man participating in this work although several women took interest in this work during the meeting at Nutaraq. Under unforeseen circumstances the engagement of people was little nevertheless the work went smooth and full of pleasant expectations for the upcoming week.


On Thursday I went with Steen and Lars Piitaq to Isortuarsuk. Steen is the primus motor in sailing and fishing/hunting, the husband of Ansu, leader of Nutaraq, Lars Piitaq is an employee of Nutaraq since 2006. We started at 14.00 and returned 23.30 to my dormitory. Our objectives that day was to setup a camp for Nutaraq. Every year youth goes to this fishing camp for trout fishing. 4 to 5 days with employees from the Youth Club Nutaraq. 4-5 days with hard work.
Isortorsuak is a marvelous plays where young people from Sisimiut, youth who relate to youth club Nutaraq, get a chance to be out on the land. Together with their friends, getting fresh air and energy from fishing and coping with challenges included in camping.
Judging from the sailing trip (1,5 hours - approx. 50 km from Sisimiut) in an open boat, this trip gives different experience to youth, compared to activities in the city. In an other view, this place reminds me that Sisimiut isn't only urban but country/nature as well. So, judging from the amount of people it may well be that Sisimiut is a small place, but judging from the seasonal activities, it's in many ways a huge metropolis. Thus the city is a lot about the land, something you get reminded off during high activity of skidoo journeys during winter and sailing during

Monday, July 09, 2007

Skateboard Greenland updated. Go to I'll be adding some images from yesterday's practice at Umiarsualivik....

Sunday, July 08, 2007

A movie by Aka Maria Koch Hansen
By [Agá] Productions
13 min.
Courtesy of & copyright by Aka Maria Koch Hansen

sisimiut - the short movie by Aka Maria Koch Hansen is a portrait of 2 young people from Sisimiut.
Uiloq is a young lady who studies at the Technical School, Sanilin. She spends most of here time with school homework, here boyfriend and leisure activities such as snowboarding. Aqqalunnguaq is a young man who dreams about becoming a bicycle repairer. Bicycling means a whole lot to Aqqalunnguaq. He spends most of his time bicycling or if the weather is bad at the Youth Club Nutaraq. In this short movie we encounter Uioloq and Aqqalunnguaq talking about their present and future in and out Sisimiut. In between their monologues both participants are portrayed during selected activities in the town.

sisimiut - the movie - is produced as part of my Ph.d. research project "Youth and the City– investigating urban youth culture in Sisimiut, Greenland: visions, skills and creativity" funded by Danish Research Council and part of "Urban Greenland - movements, narratives and creativity (2006-2009)."
Material for the 13 min. portrait of 2 young people from Sisimiut spans over 6 hours. It was recorded on a Sony HandyCam during august 2006. In my research I have access to all the raw data and permission for using the movie in public. Both participants gave also permission for viewing the movie in public. This will eventually take place through the local TV (Sisimiut TV) and KNR after an agreement between Aka, myself, the participants and the TV stations. The viewing will be non-commercial and probably take place during september 2007.
In terms of research, the process in making the movie and the final product are solely based on involvement of young sisimiormiut and their families. My personal involvement in this projects covers support in terms of motivation, logistics and my general research objectives, such as getting data about youth culture without little interference as possible.

Week 27 - 2.7.-8.7. 2007

So finally, my first post.

Chain smoking in Kangerlussuaq
I knew that I had a lot of time in Kangerlussuaq. This was due to the price for my plane ticket. Nevertheless, I spent 8 hours in the airport.

Graffiti mountain
During my waiting in the airport I decided to go on a short trip to Kangerlussuaq harbour. About 10 km by cab. I spent 1 hour walking around, mostly filming and photographing a hill filled with graffiti. Personal (like Kilroy was here) and many with relations to ships anchoring at Kangerlussuaq.

The fog brought me to Nuuk
When I finally boarded the plane, I expected to be in Sisimiut after 30 minutes. I haven't imagined that we would not be able to land. The weather was nice in Kangerlussuaq. But foggy, very foggy in Sisimiut. The captain of our plain couldn't simply get visual of the city. After circulating 2 times around the town the crew decided to bring us to Nuuk - which was actually on schedule. So, after 1,5 hour in the air, I landed in Nuuk and collected a voucher for a double bedroom at HHE - Hotel Hans Egede. The bizarre thing about this trip was the fact that few of the passengers on the same plane had actually left Nuuk earlier that day.

In Sisimiut on july the 3rd
Next day, early in the morning we finally left for Sisimiut. This time we skipped Maniitsoq because of thick fog. Nevertheless we had the chance to re-visit Kangerlussuaq. All in all, at 11.30 I made my way through town to the dormitory office and got keys for my room. I'm staying at the dormitory block H as last year. The only difference is that I now occupy the room number 31, exactly opposite my room from the winter.

Meetings, walks and talks
I spent my first week getting in shape after my long journey. From the beginning I knew I have to be quick about meeting my contacts, since some of them are on their way for holiday.
Sisimiut is somehow quiet. The dormitory is almost dead. Weather wise its perfect. Lots of sun.
I have spent a lot of time at the Youth club, making arrangements for next week. Either I go with people to set up a camp up north or to the hamlet Assaqutaq. The second place involves painting work and moving material from the city. Hopefully things get moving during the first days of next week.
I've already made a trip with youth to finish a painting job at a new playground at Teleøen. I've rented a car and helped transport people. Meetings this week included Youth Club, Nature Guide and my informants. I'm still working on getting in contact with people involved in the movie which I need to show them (the move was shot last year by Aka Maria Hansen - it is a 13 min. portrait of one young lady and one young boy.) The movie will be available some time in the future online. Probably when I get it in the local TV (September?).
Yesterday I went hiking with 2 guys around the fjord. Getting a lot of mosquito hustle, but eventually having a good day of this and that while climbing up and down the hill.

Being back in town

- there is a lot of activity during the evening and night, mostly youth driving around in cars or bicycling
- many new faces at the Youth Club
- interesting project coming up with the Qajaq Club (presently in Ilulissat participating at GM National Championship
- many people have left, stopped, moving
- the town is somehow empty, quiet
- lot of construction work going on