Architecture + Film Summer School in Skagen

26 Aug 2018 – 2 Sep 2018

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4.000 DKK

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The CAFx Summer School 2018 will focus on the architectural space as a tool for social integration in Skagen.


‘ENGAGING SPACES’ – film + architecture

Architecture as Social Integration

August 26th – September 2nd 2018
in Skagen, DK

The CAFx Summer School 2018 will focus on the architectural space as a tool for social integration in Skagen.

The town of Skagen is the northernmost town in Denmark and located on the top of the Jutland peninsula. It is widely known for the Scandinavian artist colony ’Skagensmalerne’, who gathered and worked in Skagen from the late 1870s until the turn of the century. But it is also one of Denmark’s main fishing ports and both the unique nature in the area and the large number of architectural and cultural sights attract up to two million tourists annually. Making it what you might call a seasonal town.

Since 1980 the population of Skagen has decreased with almost 50% to currently around 8.000 inhabitants – a sharp contrast to the vast number of tourists that fill the streets during the summer. Since the EU's eastern enlargement in 2004, many Eastern Europeans have come to Denmark to work. Particularly the outskirts of Denmark are experiencing a big increase. Out of the 8.000 inhabitants in Skagen about 300 are Romanians. The majority share apartments in Mosegården and are minimally integrated in the community. They work in the factories, the hotels, restaurants and campsites.

Skagen has throughout history integrated foreign fishermen, alternative artists and other newcomers from near and far. So how is the town meeting and incorporating these newcomers into the social structure of Skagen in 2018? The participants will investigate the spaces of social integration, and work with documenting and/or staging in order to create short cinematic portraits of the architecture of meetings.

Join the Summer School in Skagen and explore the architectural spaces of social integration under the guidance of filmmakers and architects. The summer school is a collaboration between Copenhagen Architecture Festival (CAFx) and the association Onsdagsskolen, headed by architect Susanne Eeg. During the week you will also meet renowned documentary filmmaker Lea Glob, scenographer Maja Ziska, filmmaker and photographer Sidsel Becker and anthropologist Tine Sønderby as well as local architects, cultural associations, businesses and citizens. Through the medium of film, they will all work with the participants to investigate and portrait the spaces of social integration in Skagen. Be it in the fish factories, restaurant kitchens, local halls, shared apartments or maybe even imaginary.

Participants will work individually or in groups with sketching, building scale models, creating small installations, photographing and finally filming. The final films will be screened publicly in the Skagen cinema to a wider audience.

If you are a student, a professional in the fields of architecture, film, spatial design and visual anthropology or if you are simply interested in the fields and have basic experience working with film, sign up now for our summer school in August 2018.

The 2018 Summer School has been conceived by CAFx with support from Frederikshavn Municipality and DFI and realised in collaboration with the Association Onsdagsskolen.


The CAFx summer school is open to both students and professionals with a background in relevant fields or those who are interested in exploring new interdisciplinary environments. Applicants are expected to have basic experience in the work with film.

To apply, please submit 1 page motivational letter and a short portfolio / showreel (via file sharing link) to: no later than June 11th 2018, which will form the basis for the selection of participants.

Please note, that the number of participants is limited. Furthermore, we kindly ask you to bring your own technical equipment such as camera, computer (+ editing software) and further recording or editing devices, as we unfortunately cannot provide any of these technical tools.

Once the admission is approved, the selected participants will receive further information regarding payment of participation fee.

For general inquiries and questions regarding the Summer School 2018, please contact Susanne Eeg:

The participation fee is 4.000 kr. per person including tuition fees, accommodation and full board.

The summer course is going to take place in the cinema and workspaces at the Culture House Kappelborg in the centre of town. All participants will be accommodated in a former farm, Toftegården, which has recently been renovated into a modern hotel. We can only offer shared rooms (2-3 beds in each rooms). Common meals will be prepared by the participants.

Please note that all participants traveling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required. By submitting your application, you agree to terms and conditions of CAFx Summer School 2018.


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