Illutron

An artists tribe making things

Refshalevej 167, 1432 København K, Copenhagen, Denmark

Community center Makerspace

Space size 800 m²

Opened in January 2007

Structure type Non-profit organisation

Explored in February 2019


Illutron is a art collective and collaborative workshop living in a ship specialized in making big artistic and cultural projects. The boat is actually in the Copenhagen's harbor, easily accessible by all public transportation. People here are interested in interactive art and different kind of support, usually metal structure but also music or other artistic work.

Main interests

Art & culture Hacking Music & sound devices Agriculture

This workshop is great for:

Every single person & organisation! Artists

Making the world interactive and playful

Joining a large scale project as volunteer is one of the best way to meet the people and try to be a part of the Illutron’s community. A more classical way is to contact them directly by mail or by sending a message on their different social network. Don’t forget: you need to be a part of a project.

Our workshop

Learn more about our space, members, machines & services!

Illutron is a floating culture house and artist collective created 10 years. Greatly inspired by Burning Man Festival in USA and Half Machine, the space was created by 5 interactive artists. This makerspace was created after the economic boom, where the cost of all the spaces were really expensive to rent. The founders decided to buy a ship and raise the anchors in the harbor of Copenhagen.

A few years ago, a green house was set up on the rusty barge, offering the possibilities to actual members to come and try new things. This new approach gives a new breath to the makerspace, and many new members are coming for this original initiative.

The vision of Illutron is defined in a manifesto, written when the space was created, available on their website. This text sets the goals of this art collective: “Illutron is a haven for innovative thinking between art and technology”.

This philosophy enables the creation of innovative projects, by reusing resources and renew classical subjects. Artists want to bring more social and human aspect in their works. A good example of the use of “old resources” is a project made from parachutes from the Korean Wars. Stitched together, with lights in it, they are connected to a vacuum and suddenly a big structure is created. It helps to modify the perception of street lighting.

Another project was to create a kind of fire enabled by human connection. By playing some rhythms, the structure was creating a fire. Seeing human as a tribe, and playing with primitive technologies, feelings and perception: this is the purpose of this space. Connecting human together through artistic work.

The team is a group of artists and makers. Anyone can be a member and be a part of projects.

Illutron is a makerspace, because people here are building things. The big difference lies in the equipment you could except from the space. There are no 3D printers, no laser cutters, and they just got a CNC machine recently. The main interest is to build large scale artistic projects using metal, lights and/or music.

The community is made of a great diversity of people. Some are interested in music and how to transform it. Others are more “traditional” makers, creating robots and so on. Mainly artistic, the goal of the space stays: creating interactive art for the public.

Illutron, like many Danish makerspaces, is an open organisation. The structure is self-driven, by the members and artists in it. The funds are coming from the members. Another income source are the big projects, where 10% of the benefice are given for the space. The municipality of Copenhagen also supports their projects, helping them to pay the cost of the place in the harbor.

On their side, Illutron’s members sometimes undertake consulting missions for companies like creating workshop. Afterwards, a part of the money collected go to the makerspace. Many people here are also involved in the cultural industry, and use the space to create metallic structures for movies or concerts.

Illutron is a floating culture house and artist collective created 10 years. Greatly inspired by Burning Man Festival in USA and Half Machine, the space was created by 5 interactive artists. This makerspace was created after the economic boom, where the cost of all the spaces were really expensive to rent. The founders decided to buy a ship and raise the anchors in the harbor of Copenhagen.

A few years ago, a green house was set up on the rusty barge, offering the possibilities to actual members to come and try new things. This new approach gives a new breath to the makerspace, and many new members are coming for this original initiative.

The vision of Illutron is defined in a manifesto, written when the space was created, available on their website. This text sets the goals of this art collective: “Illutron is a haven for innovative thinking between art and technology”.

This philosophy enables the creation of innovative projects, by reusing resources and renew classical subjects. Artists want to bring more social and human aspect in their works. A good example of the use of “old resources” is a project made from parachutes from the Korean Wars. Stitched together, with lights in it, they are connected to a vacuum and suddenly a big structure is created. It helps to modify the perception of street lighting.

Another project was to create a kind of fire enabled by human connection. By playing some rhythms, the structure was creating a fire. Seeing human as a tribe, and playing with primitive technologies, feelings and perception: this is the purpose of this space. Connecting human together through artistic work.

The team is a group of artists and makers. Anyone can be a member and be a part of projects.

Illutron is a makerspace, because people here are building things. The big difference lies in the equipment you could except from the space. There are no 3D printers, no laser cutters, and they just got a CNC machine recently. The main interest is to build large scale artistic projects using metal, lights and/or music.

The community is made of a great diversity of people. Some are interested in music and how to transform it. Others are more “traditional” makers, creating robots and so on. Mainly artistic, the goal of the space stays: creating interactive art for the public.

Illutron, like many Danish makerspaces, is an open organisation. The structure is self-driven, by the members and artists in it. The funds are coming from the members. Another income source are the big projects, where 10% of the benefice are given for the space. The municipality of Copenhagen also supports their projects, helping them to pay the cost of the place in the harbor.

On their side, Illutron’s members sometimes undertake consulting missions for companies like creating workshop. Afterwards, a part of the money collected go to the makerspace. Many people here are also involved in the cultural industry, and use the space to create metallic structures for movies or concerts.

Technologies & processes available

Printing, drawing & painting Music & sound devices Metal working tools Wood working tools

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