Moving Magic: From Mejlgade to Grisk Lab

My Name is Lasse Hagen, and I’m a 2ndyear student at Kaospilot on team 24.The last 7 years have been the best and the worst years in my life – In retrospect, much of it has been about how my life has been framed. Frames define how we feel as humans and how we operate the world. My adventure in understanding frames and how they affect us as people have led me to the Kaospiloterne. Now, Kaospilot points me to a new location in service of this understanding:

Grisk Lab. It is a frame for untamed creativity and a frame that creates Opportunities – And that is why I find this project so interesting. It reminds me of a time and place that conjured the original spirit of the school.

Back when KAOSPILOT was located in Mejlgade, it was the street of grassroots. The street where new ideas that benefitted both the local community, and the whole city of Aarhus, was born. 

Mejlgade was the place where offbeat features of city-life were conceived and put to life. Mejlgade was a place for everybody. A place of endless creativity and a place where game-changing ideas, for the first time where put on paper. Here, you could find room for those who did not fit exactly into the boxes created by society. Here, people were allowed to unfold themselves and think out of the box and challenge society to evolve in a direction that is different from what the norm dictated. 

Mejlgade was very much a street for the young and innovative – With room for almost everything. 

KAOSPILOT was born as a constantly evolving institution, and from the beginning, the school was a hub for creativity and innovation at the center of cultural development in Aarhus. 

KASPILOT grew out from this street. In a genuine and maybe naive belief that everything was possible, and with the mission to establish a new standard for education and human development. The school has faced an overwhelming amount of resistance,and we should, when you look at the history, not be able to exist. But yet, here we are. Some call it dumb luck – we call it magic. KAOSPILOT was born as a constantly evolving institution, and from the beginning, the school was a hub for creativity and innovation at the center of cultural development in Aarhus.

Lasse Hagen, Kaospilot

For years, we have been looking for a physical space to be wild, experimental, and have fun. A place that can host and reconnect us to our roots and spirit in Mejlgade and the city surrounding us. A place where everything is possible and where everyone holds the power to create the change, they want to see in the world. 

For now, we have teamed up with a cultural community in Aarhus, that have provided us with a physical space of 60 m2. This community, like us, works with diversity as the main catalyst to create positive change for the city we live in. 

Furthermore, the community located in an area that in many ways resembles the characteristics of Mejlgade better than anywhere else – Godsbanen (https://www.grisk.dk/grisklab/)

We already have the magic within our students, no doubt about that, now it’s time to manifest that magic in a physical space! The dream scenario is that initiative can serve as an extinction to the 3-year creative leadership program and provide our students a professional workspace and a hub for inspiration, sparring, events and cross-team collaborations.

Nobody knows for sure what this place is going to look like and that is what makes this opportunity pure and beautiful – complete freedom!

Initially, we have agreed to engage with Galleri Grisk for 6 months to test and prototype how to create a space outside the school. A space where the students have 100% freedom to shape the place, across teams, with all the value and challenges it might bring. Nobody knows for sure what this place is going to look like and that is what makes this opportunity pure and beautiful – complete freedom!

When the 6 months are finished, we evaluate the project and talk about whether we want to keep working with them or look into other places and ideas of how we can create a platform outside the physical place of the KAOSPILOTS. 

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