About the project
Trampoline House: Copenhagen Refugee Community is an independent community center in Copenhagen that provides refugees and asylum seekers in Denmark with a place of support, community, and purpose. Four days a week, the house offers internships and job training, language classes and activities, legal/medical/psychological counseling and campaigns for change to both asylum seekers and refugees in the Danish integration program. The aim is to break the social isolation and sense of powerlessness that many refugees and asylum seekers experience while undergoing the integration program or while waiting years in the Danish asylum centers for a response to their asylum claim or their deportation.
Trampoline House’s mission is to be an antidote to damaging effects of Denmark’s asylum and immigration policies. It brings together asylum seekers and Danish citizens, refugees with a residence permit and other residents of Denmark, united by a desire to improve the conditions for asylum seekers and refugees. Our vision is an asylum system that allows asylum seekers to work, to live in private housing, and to participate in society from the day they arrive. We work holistically to ensure this through:
– job training and education
– democratic practice
– system awareness and counseling
– social networking
Trampoline House is a self-governing institution with a board of directors, a paid staff of 11, and close to 200 interns and volunteers. It was formed in 2009–2010 by artists Morten Goll and Joachim Hamou and curator Tone Olaf Nielsen in collaboration with a large group of asylum seekers, socially engaged art students, migration activists, and immigration lawyers in reaction to current Danish refugee and immigration politics, which has become one of the toughest in Europe.
Update Jan 2021: Trampoline House closed permanently at the end of December 2020. The corona crisis has hit the house’s economy hard. In addition, a number of funding applications that were to finance two new socioeconomic programs in the house in order for it to become more sustainable were recently rejected. So after 10 years of operation, Trampoline House’s board and management saw no other option than to close down the house.
Video: Trampoline House – supporting asylum seekers’ way into society
A short documentary: Tackling Trauma
What is Trampoline House?
Video feature about We shout and shout, but no one listens, Art from conflict zones, Mar. 3 – June 17, 2017 Video by Habib Mohseni
About the artist
Morten Goll (b. 1964) is a socio-politically engaged artist, working with social platforms for political change. Based in Copenhagen, he co-founded the Trampoline House in 2009-10 and is the administrative director of the organization. Tone Olaf Nielsen (b. 1967) is a Copenhagen-based independent curator, who is the co-founder of the feminist curatorial collective Kuratorisk Aktion (2005), Trampoline House (2009-10), and CAMP / Center for Art on Migration Politics (2015) in Trampoline House.