Interactive Light Design at Co2penhagen

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Forest of Light

TotemCollective created an interactive lighting installation for CO2PENHAGEN in collaboration with Yoke Interaction Design. The lighting was all LED and functioned as a space where light and interactions meet. Through the installation, you could experience how technology and LED lights can be merged to create amazing visual effects.
The interactive light in the forest area was lit up by the help of the visitors. A camera in a specific zone tracked the visitor’s movement. This movement determined the lighting in the forest.
The DTU building stood out with colored Versa tubes in the windows.

Columbia College Chicago

Monday, August 31st, 2009

TotemCollective was at Columbia College Chicago from the 10th to 18th October 2009 that entire week conducting workshops and lectures in addition to discussions of design and copyright.

The two worlds of design and copyright have quite many surfaces of contact and rises some interesting questions regarding the world of ideas and their rightful owner, if such a one exists.

- Can you own an idea?

- Where lays the difference between inspiration and copying?

- Which position do we take as designers in a world where everything is being copied?

- How do we survive as designers in a copy-world?

- Are we basically pro or against copy?

- In which way can we make use of copies in our world?

- Can we create designs that people are able to copy without being criminalized?

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Workshop: Interactive Façades – Light as material

Monday, August 31st, 2009

We participated in a workshop held by Digital Urban Living, CAVI and Martin Professional on media facades at Danish Design Center (DDC) in Copenhagen. The aim of the workshop was to develop visual and interactive experiments to explore the potentials of large media screens in public space. The experiments were conducted on six large screens – making a total of 24 square meters – installed in the windows at DDC in the center of Copenhagen.

TotemCollective created an installation using the human body as a curser to navigate in Google earth. A camera located on the roof of DDC was tracking people’s movements within a marked zone.

Collaboration with architect Mikkel Kjærgård Christiansen.


Monday, August 31st, 2009

Photo by Daniel Pinheiro

Line Langballe

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Christina Okai Mejborn

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Friday, April 3rd, 2009

TotemCollective have been working as consultative designers for the City of Copenhagen in optimizing the workflow at the Citizen Service Centers.

The Totem Design System was centered on dialogs with the employees and the citizens. Through observations, workshops and interviews we adjusted the workspace and created a new flow in the interior.

Flying east

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Teaching at The University of Tennessee

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Exhibition at The Art Gallery of Knoxville

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

In 2008, The artist group, Superflex, invited us to do a new set of furniture for “COPYSHOP” – a project that was hosted by The Art Gallery of Knoxville, Tennessee.

We launched The Original C Plus System which is an open and modular shelving and seating system, at the COPYSHOP from September 12th - October 31st 2008The ramification in the system symbolizes a modern world of collaboration and open culture going through the path from original to copy. The thought behind the design is to demonstrate the development of ideas and the variation of people involved in the process from original idea to the carrying out of the actual design.
Download the public manual of how to create The Original C Plus System.
The Original C Plus System exhibition was supported by Jørgen Christensen Snedkeri and Kvadrat


Thursday, April 17th, 2008


2008: Træfonden

2008: Ministry of Cultural Affairs


Oct 2009: Columbia College Chicago, TOCPS / TOTEMCOLLECTIVE, Illinois

Aug 2009: Co2penhagen, USE OF LED IN DESIGN PROCESSES, Copenhagen

Sep 2008: University of Tennessee, TOCPS, Tennessee

May 2007: The Alexandra Institute, URBAN DIGITAL LIVING, Aarhus

Feb 2007: Aarhus School of Architecture, MERGE OF TECHNOLOGY AND PREFAB CONCRETE, Aarhus


Oct 2009: Columbia College Chicago, OPEN (D) SOURCE, Illinois

Nov 2009: Copenhagen City Hall, IMPROVEMENT OF WORKFLOW, Copenhagen

Sep 2008: University of Tennessee, TOCPS, Tennessee

May 2007: The Alexandra Institute, URBAN DIGITAL LIVING, Aarhus


Mar – Apr 2010: FAIR USE, Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College Chicago

Sep – Oct 2008: TOCPS, The Art Gallery of Knoxville, Tennessee

See-mi technology

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Warning display at dangerous junctions

We have designed a warning display to prevent right-turn accidents involving bicycles and lorries.

The See-mi technology facilitates communication between lorries, bicycles and traffic lights at dangerous junctions. By means of this communication, the driver of a right-turning lorry is made aware of the risk of cyclists on his right side. This gives the driver an additional chance of avoiding dangerous situations.

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Working with Blendwerk on our design


Interactive Concrete

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Interactive Concrete

This is a new way to use prefab construction in architecture.

Light and images can travel through the concrete by integrating fiber optics. This opens up a whole new world within architecture.

Designed in collaboration with Innovation Lab

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2008


Copylight is a lamp, which challenges problematics concerning intellectual property rights by the exposure of motifs from commonly known lamps.
Copylight’s take off starts from Superflex’ project, “Biogas PH5 lamp”, which is a copy of Poul Henningsens PH5 lamp from 1958.
Copylight seeks the boundaries between originals and when copies become new originals.

Ekstras coordinator

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Line has been ekstra coordinating for a Playahead TV commercial .

Director Uffe Truust

Hacky sack Okai

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Guaraná Power

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Christina went to the Herning FoodExpo 2008 to promote Guaraná Power

Outdoor exhibition element in Asker // Norway

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Installation for a photo exhibition

The big challenge of this project was to reveal only one picture at a time out of a series of four pictures in each element. We decided to create a box in which a strip of pictures rotated in a sequence that showed a new picture every five minutes. The boxes enlightened the garden and created a poetic ambience.


Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Working unit for Freelancers

Many people work at home without contact to others because of the rising possibilities that new technologies provide.
This tendency has advantages and disadvantages. Even though the worker has peace at home to be absorbed in his work, he might also lack direct sparring from others.
FreePort is a flexible work community, which provides an opportunity to increase the network of the independent worker.
The Worker reserves a Port for the time needed through the Internet or a mobile phone. When needed he thereby has the opportunity to meet others at diverse locations in the city.


Folding bicycle – Human Powered Vehicle

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

A bicycle for urban living

The HPM bicycle is designed as a practical link for traveling people who combine a private car with public transport. The main idea behind the bicycle is to request drivers to park their car in suburban areas and continue their journey to the city centre with public transport. Thereby the hope is to minimize the daily environmental damage caused by cars in city centers at peek points.
Compared to other foldable bikes the HPM bike folds easily in a few steps and is a handy companion in the car, train, bus and so on.

Lecture about urban computing

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Scenarios for The Alexandra Institute

We were asked to give a lecture about the future of urban life seen from a digital perspective at the Computer Science Department, University of Aarhus.


Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Interactive learning tool for children

SwapIT offers children an opportunity to use computer technology in a new different way.
Usually, computers and computer games are an activity where you sit still and have to watch a computer screen. With the artificial world inside of the computer there is a risk that children become isolated from the physical world and other children. SwapIT gives the opportunity to design your own game with computer technology as an ingredient instead of a tool. Through cooperation with other children, they create “non-artificial” networks with each other where technology has a central part, but is in no way crucial. How to use the technology is optional, though if you want to, you can use it both in free play and in a teaching situation. SwapIT is designed for children in the age 6-8.

Installation at Filmby Aarhus

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

Cultural Conference

Participants from Aarhus and Copenhagen researched the potential of increasing the collaboration between the two cities. Politicians, officials and other prominent people from cultural communities were set together to generate and enlarge the already existing network between cultural players in Aarhus and Copenhagen.

The installation was designed as a collaboration between:

Christina Okai Mejborn, Carina Rosenbech Thybo, Maria Maj Hansen, Liselott Stenfeldt and Rune Wehner.