URBAN MONUMENT, COPENHAGEN 2015
Hypernation is an urban pop up cinema pursuing the nomadic life and desire of a community of African migrants living in Folkets Parks in Copenhagen, Denmark. The project is based on field research and conversations in the park in 2014 which lead to the facilitation on a general expressed desire to watch African football matches, movies and music videos. Furthermore the work was seeking to understand desire, not as a force of desperation nor as a lack, but as an unfolding local vitalism connecting potential intercultural and collective experience in the urban space.
The project facilitated and curated an outdoor cinema in collaboration with African community showing African football tournaments, popular African movies, series and music videos. The cinema was an symbolic act to situate the cosy feeling from a living room with the TV in the centre and the family around it. The cinema reenacted the feeling of a living room and togetherness though new local elements such as the African football tournament, culture and movies. The project can be seen to demonstrate a productive desire towards interculturalism, new commons and rights to the city, furthermore it can be seen to question the migrants lack of shelters and rights, and the fading feeling of a home and belonging.
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Film as place and reason
The project also contained video recordings and productions made in the process and meetings. A small videowork, ‘Hypernation’ reflected on the many philosophical and existential dialogs about life, religion, nature and freedom. In these findings, ‘Hypernation’ is seeking to combine the discourse and specific everyday experience of the migrant with the abstract, metaphysic, philosophical and global concepts such as flow, nature, god and time. The work is focusing on a unfixed and nomadic view and story on the refugee situation which could be seen as a counter-story to the media discourse and the simplifications in everyday language. The film examine the migrant as a traveler and explores the process of movement as escape, desire and dreams, but more important as a two-sided project “to give something and receive something in return”.