What’s in a name…
Well, for starters, the etymology behind our mighty moniker betrays a noble savageness not found in these here parts.
The Summersalt Factory is a playful rendition of the Danish colloquialism –kolbøttefabrik– used infrequently when talking about a mental institution or insane asylum. Creative liberties have been taken with the spelling of our institute at the expense of proper orthography.
The Summersalt Factory:
Summer and Salt
In the Summer of 2010, the smelly salty breeze brought us together onto sidestreets of salted herrings scattered about Copenhagen’s unfairly belittled neighborhood to the southeast: “shit island”. We played fastpitch softball that summer, like every summer, and pretty close to the way it’s supposed to be played, dammit!
The Summersalt Factory:
Not just any Factory
The electrifying image of an autonomous Factory, housing and churning out figurative somersaults in all directions, somehow sings true to our well-attuned and athletic ears.
Yet, The Summersalt Factory believes that there are many possible conceptual frameworks, or perspectives in which judgment of truth or value can be made. This implies that no single way of seeing the world can be taken as definitively “true”, but does not necessarily entail that all perspectives are equally valid.
“Every drive is a kind of lust to rule; each one has its perspective that it would like to compel all the other drives to accept as a norm.” And The Summersalt Factory is not any different – we want you to submit to our perspectives, as we are pretty much always right.
All of us somersaulting pranksters are as equally sure of our wisdom as we are unsure of our selves. Never afraid to adjust our batting stance, constantly in the process of becoming. Let the Nietzschean eagle soar!
We put our energy into just and unjust causes, we are formally legal (mostly) and subversive (entirely), we are driven by sense of humor and we laugh when misinterpreted. We’d like everybody to reflect without fear or concern for authorities, imagined or otherwise, and see the beauty in debates, discussions, and dialogues out of which projects and initiatives of Mutual Aid and Free Play can evolve.
The Summersalt Factory harnesses and propels socially creative experiments; individual life projects and collective shindigs alike.
As pioneers together we explore new landscapes on all kinds of worlds. The Cosmology of the Earth and Underground. Spelunking in caves not yet illuminated in human imaginations. Exploring underneath oceans of emotion and intuition. Sprinting through mountain valleys carved by primordial grooves. Somersaulting down the skyscrapers. Stretching spacetime on inner-stellar trips to Jupiter…but not yet beyond the infinite.
Projects to come:
- Summersalt Sounds and Visions
- SsatisSFactory Think Tank
- Summersalt Press