“Der kommer nogle ting ud inde fra sjælen, som ikke kan auto-genereres af en algoritme”

the garden workingJeg udstiller nogle af mine værker på Artoteket på Nørrebro, og de har udgivet dette interview med mig, hvor jeg fortæller om, hvorfor jeg tegner, som jeg gør:

 “Bare én af mine tegninger kan snildt tage 85 timer at lave, og det er superspændende og også lidt skørt at bruge så lang tid på at tegne bare ét mega-detaljeret værk, når vi lever i en tid, hvor computergrafik kan generere kunstige skyer, bjergkæder og virkeligt flotte fraktaler på få sekunder. Men der opstår en helt særlig magi, når man gør tingene på den langsomme, møjsommelige og meditative måde, med hænderne. Så kan der komme nogle ting ud inde fra sjælen, som simpelthen ikke kan auto-genereres af en algoritme. Og det siger jeg med den største kærlighed til computere: Jeg anmelder computerspil og udforsker ny teknologi såsom virtual reality til daglig i kraft af mit job, så jeg er fuldt ud klar over, hvilke forførende universer, den digitale verden kan trylle frem.”

Læs hele interviewet her: Mød kunstneren – Christina Majcher




85 hours of blissful work is done: The Garden

My newest hand-drawn piece is done and can now be ordered as print.

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The Garden. 61 x 84 cm. (White border 2,5 – 4 cm). Colored pencil and ink on paper. Limited edition print. Signed.

The Garden is my most time-consuming piece so far, but also my most joyful creation yet.

I drew the original as a birthday present for my mother, and it took me 85 hours to complete. The first 10 hours was hard work, with lots of doubt and resketching and planning and replanning… There is so much white paper in the beginning, so many choices and what ifs.

But then, things take shape and start growing by themselves, and the following 75 hours were just pure fun and bliss and carefree experimentation. And then, after 85 hours of deep diving, The Garden was done. Some parts of it were exactly as I planned, others completely different. Like life. Congrats, mum.

You can buy limited edition prints at my shopify page.

For framed version or other requests, get in touch directly at christina@majcher.dk.

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This is what the work process looked like about 7 hours before finishing The Garden.
Drawing with pen on white paper this late in the process is a thrilling experience. Mistakes are obviously not an option. 🙂

Why games journalism and travel journalism is the same thing


I have been working as a games journalist and a travel journalist in 15 years, and to me, it’s the same thing in so many ways. I visit a new and unknown area, I explore the landscapes and I write back about my findings and experiences. If I’m excited about where I have been, readers will probably feel like going, too. (And even if they don’t want to go themselves (or can’t), they will hopefully enjoy reading about my explorations anyway).

I have just spent most of the week at GamesCom in Cologne, and when I need a break from the noisy halls, I do what I always do: I go for very long walks, exploring areas of the city I haven’t seen yet. This brings me to some pretty remarkable places sometimes.

And one of the many, many things I love about this life as an explorer of both the digital and the physical worlds is that now, today, it will be difficult for most people to see if this picture is one I took with my iPhone while exploring Neuehrenfeld – or if it’s a screenshot from the new Fallout 5. I love that.

(But yeah. It’s from one of my walks. Arriving at Odonien in Neuehrenfeld).

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When Something Comes Along Something Else Comes Along


I drew this as a cover for the track “When Something Comes Along Something Else Comes Along” by Al Lindrum: Here’s the track on soundcloud.

Hand-drawn. Colored pencil on paper. Sold as print. Limited edition. Signed. 30 cm x 30 cm. Completed on the day of the release, on May 26th 2017.

You can buy the print right here: https://chriszka.myshopify.com

For a framed (and signed) edition or other enquiries, contact me on christina@majcher.dk.

Reconnecting with the Master Magicians

My newest hand-drawn piece is done and can now be ordered as print.


Reconnecting with the Master Magicians. 68 x 92 cm.

80 hours of blissful work went into this piece. Drawing by hand is just the best pathway to some intense meditative focus. I simply can’t recommend it enough. It’s quality offline time for your brain!

See more of my artwork and prints on sale in the shop: chriszka.myshopify.com

Get in touch for collaborations or commissions at hello@chriszka.dk.

Reconnecting with the Master Magicians is pretty difficult to photograph in its entirety, but here are some shots of the piece:

Closeups of the cogwheels:


Close-up of the right hand:


The entire piece:

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Order your print here: Reconnecting with the Master Magicians on Shopify.

“CounterStrike is a bit like chess”


The Danish CounterStrike team Astralis just won the world championships (or an equivalent).

I spoke to Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz right after the final – on the phone directly from Atlanta. “CounterStrike is a bit like chess”, he said. Amongst other things.

You can google translate the article here: Danish team has won the world championships in CounterStrike

The art of dying in virtual reality

The most scary thing I have ever tried in virtual reality was a ski jump. Whauw, that felt so real.

Virtual reality is an amazing tool for exploring your phobias, but the technology can also be used for many other things. The hyper focus of the VR headsets can be very useful for exploring meditation and altered states of consciousness. So I was very curious when Makropol invited me to experience their virtual reality installation Doom Room: a trip through the moment of death and a tour of the afterlife hallucinations.

So, was it a cosmic experience or what? Well: I have written about the virtual reality ceremony in Weekendavisen today. The experience is open for the public this weekend and the next at the Chateau motel nightclub.

Jungle Confessions: The 24th Surprise

As you all know, the JUngLE Calendar likes the dark arts of number magic, and that’s why you could read the interview with dj Drop on day 4 (because of his birthday date on the 4th), and me on day 3,  for instance.

And so, as I was searching for a possible main character for the interview on day 24, it turned out that a surprisingly large number of JUngLE Calendar Stars celebrate their birthdays on the 24th of the month.

IS THAT A COINCIDENCE?! You know it can’t be.

In case you need proof, here we go:
The 24th Surprise is the case for Garridge Bwoy:



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And for Sofia:

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And for Evil Economist:

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And for the Discoshaman:

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And for the one like CRS:Skærmbillede 2016-12-24 kl. 10.58.32.png


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And for Mariii the Jungle Monster:



And for Alex:


And for Donna:



And for PZ:
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And for Lucy Love:
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And for Luis:


Luis babyfacin’ at Nadsat.

And the artist formerly known as Tom Collins:



A beautiful moment caught by jonask.dk

And last but not least: for the one like Mugge.


You think it’s STRANGE AND ODD with all these “Day 24” people? You don’t say.

So a choice had to be made, and the magical dice decided on MUGGE. A raver recognized by his unmistakable enthusiasm and his Adidas hat, filled with jungle voices that he has to obey.

Little known to many, however, Mugge has a secret superhero identity where he spends his nights and days catching evil darkside monsters, rendering them harmless before they attack us.


Scary monsters live right next to our houses, just waiting for the right moment to attack and annihilate us.


I mean, seriously, jeeeeeeeeez. THE HORROR!

So, Mugge, what’s with all the darkside fish?
“I go fishing once or twice a week. I love it. The rush I get at the alarm from the bite indicator… It’s an awesome feeling. I go fishing at put’n’takes, like Ørsted and Poppelsøen, for instance.”

So put’n’takes, that means you put them back out, right? How long can you keep them out of the water?
“4 or 5 minutes. After a little while, they just calm down and relax. And after the photo we just put them back out. I go for carps and sturgeons. The giant ones are sturgeons. Sometimes it takes me 20 minutes to land one after the alarm, sometimes 3. I started fishing when I was in school, so it must have been in the 80s. It’s my favourite hobby. There’s fishing and raving.  Raving took over for a while in the 90s. But then you get kids and a family and the fishing moved up a notch. But if I have to choose between a jungle party and a fishing trip, I will choose jungle. The jungle parties happen so rarely now.”


Mugge The Predator sometimes eats what he hunts.

When did you become a junglist?
“I started out with acid and then I moved onto jungle. So it goes back to around ’91. My first jungle party was one Nis did somewhere by Loppen I think. The second on was the one at Rugbyklubben. And I just thought this is the best! It just totally hit me in the right spot.”


Looking fresh at Club Labyrinth in London.

Why do you love jungle?
“The drums, the bass, the vibe, the people. Raving, dancing. Just being able to go mental without giving a toss about what anyone is thinking.”

Did you see that you’re in the video of ”Blæst Igen” by 2000F?
“Yes, that’s legendary, being in a music video”.

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How are you spreading the jungle gospel?
“I have been playing jungle tapes for lots of people and bringing them to parties. Everyone I know are getting kind of old now, but I’m bringing a colleague to the next All Jungle. He has never been to a jungle party before. He’s gonna have the best time.” 


Mugge showing his enthusiasm at All Jungle.

What’s your favourit tune?

“I never really remember the name of tracks. But everything from 1993 to 1995. Those are legendary years. But that 31 seconds one would be one of them.”

What’s the best thing that happened this year?

“The All Jungle party where all the junglists could meet up once again. Best thing this year for sure! Epic night. Just epic. I thought ”well, there’s probably gonna be like 100 people or something” and then it was just PACKED! From the beginning! And people were really going for it. I can’t describe the feeling it gave me.”
What’s your best party moment ever?
There are so many. But I really remember that party in The Grey Hall where the stage was built like a massive castle and you and me and Rudkjøbing were dancing on top of one of the towers, going mental. I will never ever forget that. It’s edged into my brain forever.


Mugge obeying the voices inside his Adidas Raver Hat at Pandemonium, Huset, april 1997.

If you could timetravel to any point in time right now, where would you go?
I would jump straight into a phone booth and fly directly to World Dance in 1993/1994. Have you seen the videos?! It looks too mad. The tracks they play… It’s crazy. I saw the video at Nis’ flat and I watch it often on youtube, still.

What have you learnt this year?
To enjoy life. Appreciating every day where you wake up alive and healthy.

On that note, I think this would be a good tune to wrap this up with. It’s very Christmassy, too:

Thanks, Mugge, and Merry Christmas!


And that’s it, everyone! Merry Christmas and enjoy your JUngLE festivities!

If you feel inspired by Mugge’s heroic endeavors, refresh your knowledge of the darkside by diving into my collection of The 13 best darkside jungle tunes ever.

Did you miss a day of JUngLE? Scroll through all three seasons here: JUngLEkalenderen





Blasts from the Past: Roskilde 2008 part II

Did you enjoy the 31 pictures from Roskilde Festival 2008 that was posted two days ago?

If so, get ready for some more pleasurable scrolling: Here’s the second round of digital memories from the same festival, and be warned: Things are becoming messier.

Oh, but first: warm up with the warmup-scroll –> the 31 Blasts from the Past: Roskilde 2008 part I.

Okay, you’re ready:


Things start out reasonably enough.


But they quickly deteriorate.


People try to find the meaning of life at the bottom of their plastic cups.


Kristian gets a glimpse of the brutal vastness of the universe through the Total Perspective Vortex device and feels horrible. Then the Playground beer kicks back in and he forgets all about it. (The Total Perspective Vortex can be found on the planet Frogstar B if anyone feels like giving it a go).


Chriszka the Time Traveller escapes from Media City and meets Julian at random morning party amongst the tents.


The next day, my brother explains something important to a skeptical accountant.


AP throws a well-known handsign (see this post for details –> https://chriszka.com/2016/12/13/how-to-be-a-junglist-the-hand-horn-special/) and adds the t-shirt communication on top. No need for talking at all. Very junglist!


The all-important deciding-where-to-go-next-situation.


More hand signs. Don’t miss the hand Horn Special, it’s pretty essential.


Okay, so Keanu Reeves totally entered my life in 2008, and I only realize now, eight and a half years later. GOD DAMN IT! Come back and ask for directions, Keanu!


Ah, this is what happened. Sneaky people with friendly faces made some evil magical brew, handed it out to innocent passers-by and erased everyone’s brains. That is so mean.


And the sun started to set on people and their mainstream t-shirts.


BAM! -darkness again. We’re back in the lounge.


Kalle B does some babyfacin’ here. Nicka, on the contrary, looks exactly the same in this moment as he did 8 years before this and 8 years after. How is this possible? I shall reveal nothing; any time traveller’s secret is safe with me.


Hello, random hot festival service guy.


DJ Buda decides to teach the Stella Polaris crew a thing or two.


And people go semi-bananas.


The sun rises and some people give up.


But when the going gets tough THE TOUGH GET GOING.


It isn’t easy, but someone has to do it: The festival vibe must continue.


For a moment, a slight glimpse of the horrors of the Total Perspective Vortex enters Kristian’s brain once again.


Fortunately, he forgets all about it once again a second later.


Jkamata arrives from another dimension.


Everyone’s still putting on their brave faces.


If we sit at this magical table long enough, everyone will turn up eventually.


See what I mean? Here’s Sofus the Amazing Shape-Shifter.


After some rest, everyone’s relaxed and ready for round 12.


A group of junglists show up for Slayer.


Nico Defrost takes a small nap while stocking up on the beers.


And here we go again.


Goodbye, Roskilde, that was sunny!


More hand-signs? Go to How to be a Junglist: The Hand Signs Special

More personal stuff? Try the Jungle Diaries: A Junglist on a Mission

Did you miss a day of JUngLE? Scroll through all three seasons of JUngLEkalenderen here: JUngLEkalenderen





Jungle Confessions: “I love the crazy mix of reggae bass and sound effects”

Whohooo, it’s time for an energetic Q&A with the one and only Dj 2000F aka Frederik Birket-Smith aka dj Zoooooooof aka Jungle Professor Birkvit-Smith aka Frederick, original junglist, sound effect enthusiast and head of the Strøm festival.

2000F is a bit of a story teller, so let’s dive right in. You have 20000 words and some scrolling ahead of you.


2000F doing some truly expert level group hugging at RAW 2009.

When did you become a junglist?
“In front of the telly at my parents’ in the beginning of the 90s. It was on MTV Party Zone… Shut Up and Dance… The track was called The Green Man – (Rum & Black remix). That was a defining moment for me. It had such a weird mix of breakbeats and bleep sounds and reggae bassline and I didn’t really get it. Prodigy and what came after that was much easier to understand, but this track… it was just so trippy and weird and sounded like something I had to look into. I’ve loved that sound ever since, whatever it is, that weird mix where it’s neither breakbeat or jungle or raggahouse or whatever.”

And you were attending the legendary Jungle Fever II party at Operaen, like everyone else.
“Yes, I was dj’ing. I’m sure my mixing was terrible. I actually brought my own mixer. It was this Monacor thing, a present from Anne Linnet to Jan Martin (her son) and me. She wanted us to learn how to dj, so she bought us two 1210s and a mixer and a lesson with a dj from Cut’n’Move. The mixer had all these crazy soundeffects, like the sounds of lasers and telephones ringing, very jungle style. I have had the sound effect part of the machine cut out, and we still use them all the time at Fyraftensboogie.”


Frederik and the all-important whistle at Jungle Fever IV at Operaen.

Why do you love jungle?
“The drums and the bass. I just love drums and bass. And I love the ”everything goes” part of it. I love the crazy mix of reggae bass and sound effects. That you can just put anything into a track. UK has always been this melting pot. It has influenced me a lot as a dj, the sound effects and the way that things are layered on top of eachother. It still inspires me.”

There’s this Remarc tune called Sound Murderer where he samples this old funk group called Starvue. It’s called Body Fusion, a classic raregroove boogie track. And we play it all the time at Jolene at our disco club night Fyraftensboogie which we have been running for 8 years now. And whenever we play it, we just go crazy with the sound effects so that it sounds like Remarc.


How are you spreading the jungle gospel?
“Oh man. I played a strictly jungle set back to back with Raske Penge at our JuleBass party this last Saturday. I do that quite often.

And I released the jungle track “Blæst Igen” last year with Raske Penge and Høyer Øye. Danish jungle. The video is made solely out of old movie clips from Danish raves from the early and mid-90s.”

“And then I’ve been a part of the Ohoi! crew since 2002.”


2000F killing the rum at the Ohoi! 6 year anniversary.

“And going further back, I made the Rolandoposen parties from ’93 and onwards. The biggest ones were at Ungdomshuset with jungle on the ground floor and gabba on the second floor and techno on the third. We did some Rolando Posen parties at Vega, too. DR2, which was a really new tv channel back then, was sending live from the jungle raves at Vega. That was at The Invasion of the Bass Snatchers party. But then someone at Vega realized that everyone attending was under 18 and that was the end of the jungle era at Vega.”


Small diary intermezzo in case you missed the “How to be a Junglistst: Flyers, flyers, flyers everywhere” post from JUngLEkalenderen 2014. This is the Bass Snatchers flyer, glued into my diary from 1997. 🙂


This flyer is just a masterpiece.


Yes, we need a closeup.

What’s your favourit tune?
“Dream Team – Stamina.”

“It’s not my favourite track of all time, but it’s close. I played it last Saturday, too. I play it every time. Wait, I’m just gonna check if it’s the Dread Bass Remix; I think it is. But I can’t really tell by the label. All my jungle albums are all white and greyish , they’re so worn out.”


2000F wearing out his vinyls at the Ohoi! 2 year anniversary. We’re on a boat.

What’s the best thing that happened this year?
“I was in London with Raske Penge a month ago at Finyl Tweek. They do everything for Hospital Records, everything for Dillinja. We were getting two records cut that I am releasing on Raske Plader next year. The test press just arrived this evening. So I’m going down the studio to listen to it now. It’s in steppas style. It reminds me of jungle, being at the steppas parties in England. It feels like being back at the old jungle raves in the 90s. You just have a microphone, a soundsystem and some vinyls. And that’s it. Sometimes they don’t even turn off the lights. I love that.”


2000F feeling bubbly at RAW.

What’s the most exciting thing about the future?
“Strøm Festival just made this four year deal with Frederiksberg Kommune, Københavns Kommune and Statens Kunstfond where we work to support and promote electronic music in the entire country. That means that we will be doing the festival, still, but also teaching all year and something called ”genre work”, where we just help the genre to blossom and grow. This means that electronic music has finally been recognized as a genre on a completely different level than has been the case so far.

I’m super proud of this new development, and I think it’s going to be really exciting. We’re going to be able to help the genre but on it’s own terms, finding out what’s really needed. It will give us some much needed political awareness, too, and access to funding, which is important. Just like it has been for jazz and world music. The electronic music scene has so much talent, and we could do even bigger things if we were better organized. This is a big step in the right direction and it’s super super super important and very exciting.”


2000F celebrating some more.

What’s your best party moment ever?
The best rave was when I met Anna at Operaen in 2001 where I was dj’ing at some oldskool jungle reunion.


Awwwwww. Well: Here’s 2000F and Anna some fun-packed years after that, celebrating the neon frisbee present at Ohoi!’s 6 year anniversary.

“The maddest festival I ever attended was United Nations of Dub. It was in Northwales by the sea in this deserted and half forgotten holiday centre like Lalandia or something. The festival was dedicated to dub and ONLY dub music, all weekend. So it was basically Lalandia but with dub music playing 24/7. It was this tiny little Miss Marple village with little baskets with flowers in them and a church and a tea house. And then this Pontins Holiday Park is just invaded by 1500 rastas from all over Europe. And there’s dub everywhere. There’s dub in the supermarket. There’s dub at the pub. And again, it was just like the old jungle raves where all you need is a sound system. No lights or anything, just a wall of speakers and a rug and 1000 rastas listening to dub at 17 o’clock in the afternoon.”


2000F throwing a complicated handsign signalling something cool to Frederiksperkers everywhere.


Do you want more 2000F?

Join the party at Jolene on Christmas eve where 2000F will be playing boogie, disco and xmas classics. And the Starvue track. And junglistic sound effects: Jolene’s Big Christmas Eve Party

Lots more pics of 2000F at this Blasts from the past: Ohoi! turns 6

If you want to read my impression of the Jungle Fever II party where Frederik brought his own mixer, there’s a LOT of details in this post: Jungle Diaries: Longing for the Tribe

And if you want more flyers, go here: How to be a Junglist: Flyers, Flyers, Flyers Everywhere

Keep updated on the evergrowing Strøm Festival at http://www.stromcph.dk


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