About the project
ongoing since 2009
Trampoline House: Copenhagen Refugee Community is an independent community centre in Copenhagen that provides refugees and asylum seekers in Denmark with a place of support, community, and purpose. The house offers internships and job training, language classes and activities, legal/medical/psychological counselling 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 centres for a response to their asylum claim or their deportation.
Trampoline House’s mission is to be an antidote to the 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.
– job training and education
– democratic practice
– system awareness and counselling
– social networking
Trampoline House 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.
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.