Bioteket is a volunteer-based green culture hub for sustainability, where science, culture, art and green activism flourishes together.

Bioteket is about creating a public good and a part of Copenhagen’s culture. Proprietary platforms like Facebook undermine these goals by putting our culture on their terms, forcing individuals to submit to subtle but comprehensive surveillance and AI-allocated advertising in order to access events and opportunities in our own communities. The cumulative effect of culture being mediated by private, for-profit digital platforms is that the commercial logic of the platforms is ubiquitous. By using readily-available free (as in freedom) software alternatives, Bioteket demonstrates that it is possible to create culture differently, online and offline.

The space

Created in 2016 in collaboration with Københavns Kultur og Fritidsforvaltning, Bioteket is a hidden gem in Nørrebro. It is made of upcycled and refurbished shipping containers on two levels: workshop, laboratory, and growing space for MUSHROOMS on the ground level, and a greenhouse that accommodates the growth of PLANTS, MUSIC, ART, SOCIAL EVENTS, and SUSTAINABLE IDEAS on the first floor. Bioteket has also an open garden at GRO-SELV HAVEN, another hidden gem in Nordvest which counts several community gardens spread along the train rails in Lersøparken (Bispebjerg St).

The association

The newly formed (2020) voluntary association behind bioteket is NÅFBE – Nørrebro’s Åbne Fælleskab for Bæredygtige Experimenter (Nørrebro open community for sustainable experiments).
\\WE WANT TO BE GLOCAL
We see global, we act local. We are an international community. Based in Nørrebro, Copenhagen, we commit to our data ethics manifesto Free(dom) software.

\\WE WANT TO DEMOCRATICIZE ACCESS TO KNOWLEDGE ABOUT NATURE AND SCIENCE, AND HOW IT RELATES TO CITIZENS’ LIVES
We welcome people of all ages and nationalities to join and co-create together, physically, and virtually. We cherish cross-communities collaborations. We stand for open citizen science.

\\WE WANT TO FACILITATE KNOWLEDGE ACQUISITION AND TRANSFER. AND MAKE IT FUN AND BEAUTIFUL
We learn about, play with, subsidize experiments on sustainable urban living in all its kaleidoscopic colours and forms.
\\WE WANT TO STRENGTHEN THE PROFESSIONAL CONFIDENCE OF OUR MEMBERS
We offer an inviting space, concrete resources, network, and mentoring for growing a project together.
\\WE WANT TO SPREAD A REGENERATIVE CULTURE
Let’s the “Oh, it’s easier than expected!”- effect begins.
YOU CAN READ OUR vedtægter BY CLICKING ON THE LINK BELOW.

ALL TOGETHER WE MAKE THE MAGIC HAPPENS