In week 17, we watch films on Western Jihad fighters, purchase photographs signed by Jan Grarup, visit a science fair and end with a blast of street racing. See you in Odense! Isaac Musoke

Thu 25
4/25/2019 6:30:00 PM 4/25/2019 21:00 40 Jan Grarup Auction and Stories For Sale: Living Pictures Nelle’s, Kunstbygningen Filosoffen false DD-MM-YYYY

Jan Grarup Auction and Stories For Sale: Living Pictures


Jan Grarup Auction and Stories
Exhibition | Kl. 18:30 - 21:00 | Price: 0 Kr. | Buy tickets here | Written by: Isaac Musoke | Translated by: Elena Stanciu

Organizer: Nelle’s, Kunstbygningen Filosoffen

On Thursday, Jan Grarup is auctioning off his photographs at Nelle’s Café in Odense. All proceeds will go to Climb for Change – an organisation that raises funds for Børneulykkesfonden (a foundation for promoting child safety). During the auction, the photographer will share some anecdotes connected with some of the photographs. The event will not require traditional bidding. Instead, the following is recommended:

1. Check: https://jangrarup.photoshelter.com/index

2. Read the following statements by Jan Grarup:

“I recognise that in many ways I am a very lonely person, given the things I have experienced. It is difficult to explain to other people how it feels to hold a dying child on your lap, covered in blood, because their house had been hit by a bomb. You can explain it, but no one else can experience those deep inner feelings.” (BT)

“On the other hand, I have the capacity to show the world what’s going on. Photography is not just a job for me. It is my duty. It is my life.” (Vendelbo Kommunikation)

“This time I was aware that something was terribly wrong. When I arrived at the Politiken’s editorial office, I was shaking. My heart was beating out of my chest. I had no control over my body. I was afraid I would faint and thought: what the hell is happening? I’m used to solving all kinds of problems. It was just that, this time, there was nothing I could do.” (Journalisten)

3. Consider how much money you want to spend at the auction.



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Thu 25
4/25/2019 1:00:00 PM 4/25/2019 16:00 40 Guest lecture and film screening on Western Jihad fighters Western rebel soldiers Nagieb Khaja false DD-MM-YYYY

Guest lecture and film screening on Western Jihad fighters Western rebel soldiers


Guest lecture and film screening on Western Jihad fighters
Movie | Kl. 13:00 - 16:00 | Price: 0 Kr. | Written by: Isaac Musoke | Translated by: Elena Stanciu

Organizer: Nagieb Khaja

Journalist and documentarian Nagieb Khaja pays Odense a visit and shows his films on Western Jihad fighters. Here’s a little taste of his approach.

In the first film, we’re in Syria. A guy in civilian dress handles a machine gun. He’s shooting short volleys of bullets at a target outside the frame. Shortly after, he goes to check that the target is down. A bullet hits his forehead and he falls to the ground. His brothers in arms pull him away from the line of fire. The camera is running. Just another day at the office for Nagieb Khaja!  

In another film, we hear a Taliban soldier yelling “Cameraman, get out of the way!” We’re in the middle of a firefight. Bullets fly around in the Afghan mountain landscape. The camera is still running. Why? Nagieb Khaja seeks to remedy the Western media’s half-hearted attempt to cover everything that goes on outside of Washington D.C. He doesn’t see a point in covering the Middle East, among others, from his comfort zone. You should be out on the battlefield, preferably crossing the front line, to make sure that all parties in the conflict are being heard.  

On Thursday, you can hear more about why young men from the West join the rebel fights in the Middle East.  



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Sat 27
4/27/2019 10:00:00 AM 4/27/2019 16:00 40 Research Day at SDU New Knowledge for the entire family Ny Viden - SDU, Syddansk Universitet false DD-MM-YYYY

Research Day at SDU New Knowledge for the entire family


Research Day at SDU
Conference and trade fair | Kl. 10:00 - 16:00 | Price: 0 Kr. | Buy tickets here | Written by: Isaac Musoke | Translated by: Elena Stanciu

Organizer: Ny Viden - SDU, Syddansk Universitet

SDU invites you and yours to Research Day, a country-wide science festival where the whole family can get a taste of the latest discoveries – all for free!

It’s great to live in a country where there are almost no barriers limiting access to knowledge. I can always turn on my phone, tablet or computer and immediately be inspired by the rest of the world and its splendours. But there is a catch! There’s this little detail called “the algorithm;” a small devil, saved in search engines, which decides what information is relevant for me, in relation to my previous searches.   

The algorithm makes a preliminary sorting of all the “noise” found online, so I can easily find what I’m looking for. Fantastic! Unfortunately, the same algorithm is part of building a wall around my digital persona, so I constantly reflect myself in the things that already confirm my biases. Less fantastic!

At this point, I tend to walk around convinced I have everything under control, even if I actually stand in my own little echo chamber, detached from the reality I otherwise appreciate. Fortunately, I can do something about this on Research Day, and so can you. More than 700 free events and lectures are waiting for you in various cities around the country.



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Sat 27
4/27/2019 9:00:00 AM 4/28/2019 23:59 40 ERA Drifting / Raceday.dk Car Racing Nordic Drifting Series, Raceevent.nu, Racedays.dk, Racedays.dk - Odense Raceway, DMStreetrace false DD-MM-YYYY

ERA Drifting / Raceday.dk Car Racing


ERA Drifting / Raceday.dk
Sport | Kl. 09:00 - 23:59 | Price: 0 Kr. | Buy tickets here | Written by: Isaac Musoke | Translated by: Elena Stanciu

Organizer: Nordic Drifting Series, Raceevent.nu, Racedays.dk, Racedays.dk - Odense Raceway, DMStreetrace

The smell of burnt tyres will engulf Odense when ERA Drifting and Racedays.dk organise two different street race events in the same weekend. Both events are popular and mark the start of the street race season. But first – a few facts for beginners.

Drifting is all about getting the car to slide with a dramatic break. You get points for: 1) the way you turn, 2) your speed in a turn, 3) your control over the car, and 4) the crowd’s reaction. First and foremost, it’s about style, technique, and elegance, although from a distance it can look like you’re playing with death. People in the audience can try the track themselves for 200 kroner.

On their website, Racedays.dk write: “When you mix cars, people and high speed, things can go wrong.” They go on to clarify the difference between legal and illegal street racing. The latter will get you killed. That’s why Racedays.dk have prepared two tracks of 201 and 402 meters respectively, so that drivers can burn rubber under controlled circumstances.  If your car or motorcycle has big enough balls, you can race other brands, it doesn’t matter how much experience you have, but you can drive up to 200 kph on the short track and 300 kph on the long one.

 

These are just a few details about the events. I could’ve added that Nissan Skyline GTR r34 is the car of the gods, and that when I die, I’ll be reborn as a Ford Sierra RS 500, but this would have required me to know something about cars. Vroooom!



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