Skopje – Copenhagen Freedom needs to be continually reassessed, redefined and re-established on a solid basis. This is the only way to shore up its identity and its economic and political foundations.

Freedom is a risk, says the opening of the film statement from Skopje in Macedonia. A risk we must all unreservedly face up to. Academics, critics and political scientists are reflecting on and rethinking this substantial concept – and coming up against the problem that freedom nowadays often depends on economic agency.


Copenhagen-Skopje
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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Established in 2001, Kontrapunkt is an organization whose main focus is socio-critical activism and the relationship between art, theoretical philosophy and politics. Kontrapunkt encourages artists and independent groups to organize themselves and generate projects, thus contributing to the development of an independent cultural scene in Skopje.

Spaces of freedom between Skopje and Copenhagen

The Skopje team spent 10 days of meetings and recording sessions in Copenhagen. The “Nomadic identities“ movie explores several issues very important for contemporary reading of the notion of freedom.The visit took place between the 17thand the 26thof May 2018. In this time the team had a chance to rediscover the city through the lenses of our film participants, as well as discuss even wider notions of freedom and politics from their point of view, in their country of residence.
 
  •  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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