Copenhagen – Skopje How do we make the city a free zone for everyone that safeguards multi-faceted democratic dialogue?

There is a housing shortage in Copenhagen, the city centre is increasingly segregated, and many residents have the feeling they can exert no influence on their living conditions. If cities are exclusively inhabited by people who can afford to spend six euros on a caffè latte, this is a threat to democracy, to peaceful coexistence and to Denmark’s self-image as a just social state. The Copenhagen Goethe-Institut and the Copenhagen Architecture Festival are grappling with this problem.

 


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Skopje and Copenhagen have agreed on a shared format: the Freiraum teams of Skopje’s Kontrapunkt organization and of the Copenhagen Architecture Festival are each shooting a documentary-based film in the other’s city, while approaching that city’s question from different angles. Kontrapunkt, a networking organization for Skopje artists that is committed to an independent arts scene, looks at Copenhagen from the perspective of the city’s resident Macedonian immigrants in order to address the Danish question: How can a city ensure social diversity and harmonious coexistence? Meanwhile, in September, the Copenhagen Architecture Festival team used their camera in Skopje to see how the scope of freedom in the public realm is negotiated and altered over time. Both of the resulting films will be screened at the CRIC Festival (Festival for Critical Culture) in Skopje in November-December.

(September 2018)

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Founded in 2014, the Copenhagen Architecture Festival takes place yearly over the course of two weeks. Through film screenings, city walks, exhibitions, workshops and discussions it aims to explore how architecture shapes our lives – and how our lives shape architecture. The festival sees architecture as a spatial and a cultural practice.
 
  •  Daniel Serafimovski is interviewing Iskra Gešoska in Skopje. © Josephine Michau
    Daniel Serafimovski is interviewing Iskra Gešoska in Skopje.
  • Filming at Moca The Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje © Josephine Michau
    Filming at Moca The Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje
  • Filming at the Macedonian Opera and Ballet in Skopje © Josephine Michau
    Filming at the Macedonian Opera and Ballet in Skopje
  • Brumleby view © Goethe-Institut Skopje
    Brumleby view
  • Daniel Serafimovski showing us the social housing neighborhood Brumleby © Goethe Institut Skopje
    Daniel Serafimovski showing us the social housing neighborhood Brumleby
  • Interviewing Venka Simovska © Goethe Institut Skopje
    Interviewing Venka Simovska
  • Recording session in Brumleby © Goethe Institut Skopje
    Recording session in Brumleby

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