Trampoline House (Copenhagen) was formed in 2010 by a group of artists, curators, refugee rights advocates, and asylum seekers as an antidote to Denmark’s asylum, refugee, and immigration policies.
For more than ten years, it was a space where people who have escaped war, poverty, or human rights abuse could find ways to participate in their new host country and feel a sense of belonging again. Due to lack of funding, the House had to close permanently at the end of 2020.
The House offered legal counseling, language classes, cooking and cleaning internships, job counseling, programs for women and children, workshops, debate events, art exhibitions, and weekly House meetings, where members and staff shared news and discussed urgent issues related to the House and refugee conditions. Every week, hundreds of refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers, as well as Danish citizens and other residents of Denmark visited the House to become part of its unique community, participate in its activities, contribute to its running, and campaign for refugee rights.
Despite its closure, Trampoline House remains part of the lumbung network initiated by ruangrupa for documenta fifteen and will use its participation to open a temporary ‘Weekend Trampoline House’ in an existing culture house in Copenhagen and to create a model for a new, self-sustainable Trampoline House. It also produces an anthology documenting the history, methods, programming, and knowledge production of the first Trampoline House, the model for the future Trampoline House, and recommendations for a new global refugee policy based on solidarity and inclusion.
Trampoline House’s website and social media platforms are still live and form an important archive of the House’s history, mission, programming, and methodology.