MadRim Productions is in Europe! Madison arrived in Copenhagen three weeks ago, and I joined her there a couple days later. Since then, we’ve attended conferences, seen the Dalai Lama and the Crown Prince of Denmark, gone walk-about and work-away, hitchhiked across borders, and made many, many friends.
Madison and I have decided to “divide and conquer” during this stage of our trip. As you know, our bike tour doesn’t begin until April, so we’re using these intervening months in Europe to continue our research of sustainable industry and to promote our documentary project. While Madison explores potential connections in Denmark, I journeyed south to Italy and will slowly work my way north, stopping along the way at several Fab Labs and maker events that are not on our bike route.
Before I even arrived in Europe, Madison had attended two events in Copenhagen: The Danish Construction Association hosted an assembly on the future of green energy construction in Denmark, and the Danish Tech Challenge presented the most promising new technology start-up ideas.
The first event, held at Parliament, posed the question: What are other countries doing to incentivize green energy? In the course of our footage collection for the documentary Self-Made, MadRim wants to find the answer. Sustainable industry affects and can be affected by a range of human agendas: politics, economics, philosophy, and everyday social expectations. How can we encourage people to work together across discipline and personal background to achieve the best possible solution for our planet, for ourselves? What are the obstacles we must overcome to introduce a new mode of manufacturing, and where does resistance to green energy come from?
Quoted from the Danish Construction Association’s website: “Construction in Denmark has been able to limit energy consumption with climate-friendly solutions that reduce the amount of CO2 emitted from the buildings. The Danish construction business has now begun the next phase, which aims at making all buildings CO2-neutral. Industry, business, and research institutes are in the process of developing and testing new solutions and concepts. In order to reach the goal many different solutions, involving design, materials, and building components, have to be developed and tested.”
The Danish Construction Association has ambitious, yet concrete, goals and a plan to realize their aims through experimentation and development. Such efforts are leading the crusade for sustainable urbanism.
The next day, Madison attended the Danish Tech Challenge, hosted by Scion DTU. The Danish Crown Prince Frederik announced the wining team, Nordic Power Converters. The technology start-up was granted 500,000DKK to develop their idea, a more efficient power converter.
I arrived in Copenhagen that afternoon. Over the weekend, Madison and I enjoyed the incomparable pleasures of Couchsurfing, the best way to travel if you’re trying to experience local culture. Our hosts Asger and Martin held a two-day long gathering of friends from Copenhagen and beyond in their modest apartment, and we played board games and laughed with Millennial good cheer: Madulthood transcending borders.
Madison had networked the hell out of those two abovementioned events and landed herself an invite to witness the Dalai Lama speak in Copenhagen. As I began my five-day long schlep to Sardinia, Asger accompanied Madison to the Bella Center as her production assistant. Over the course of two days, the Dalai Lama philosophized on compassion, tolerance, and peace. Essentially, that’s what this is all about–Madulthood is an anthem for the twenty-first century, a call to live rightly and richly and without prejudice.
MadRim Productions is a home-grown operation. At this stage, we lack the funds to traipse around Europe in luxury. But that’s not really our style anyway. I reached Sardinia after five days on the road, traveling by foot, ferry, train, plane, bus, and thumb. I’m living with Tim Carrington, an old sailor friend, and his dog Jack Sparrow on board the Lady H, a sailboat bobbing in the marina of La Maddalena, an Italian island off Sardinia in the Mediterranean. Though getting here was certainly an adventure, the ensuing down-time has enabled me to focus on some of the administrative elements of our project, all while helping Tim with winter boat chores in exchange for a place to sleep.
Madison, meanwhile, has hitchhiked her way around Denmark, to Aaspegaard riding centre, where she lived for a week as a Workaway labourer. She hitched her way back to Copenhagen and then on to Aarhus, where she’s exploring the education agenda of Kaospilot, a school invested in creative business and entrepreneurship. Their motto: Fuck business without culture.
MadRim Productions is dedicated to the sustainable and organic lifestyle, whether that means hitchhiking, Couchsurfing, or dumpster diving. Yes, we are in part married to this Workaway lifestyle out of necessity because we can’t afford to live any other way, but even if we could, we wouldn’t. Life is simply more satisfying, more fulfilling this way. That’s Madulthood, man, and how we love it.
In a few days I will be joined here in Sardinia by Jonathan Talbot, who will assist me during the month of March with research collection. Our first stop is Fab Lab Olbia, a brand new Fab Lab right here in Sardinia! Oh yes, the wheels of our project are in motion. This is the Cult of Momentum, a train that only moves in one direction: Forward!