Trauma 1-11 is an exhibition based on the Copenhagen Free University, a self-organised institution that was established by artists Henriette Heise and Jakob Jakobsen in 2001. This exhibition is made in collaboration with Emma Hedditch, Howard Slater and Anthony Davies who have close links to the Copenhagen Free University. Trauma 1-11 will be a personal journey through the period 2001 to 2011. It will be a staged interpretation of events in and around the Copenhagen Free University in a dramatised sequence of acts.
The Copenhagen Free University unfolded as a space for research and knowledge sharing within the domestic settings in a small flat in Copenhagen. The institution was dedicated to the production of ’critical consciousness and poetic language’ until 2007 where it ceased its activities. In 2010 the CFU received a letter from the Ministry of Science noting them that if they ever wanted to conduct educational activities under name the Copenhagen Free University it would be breach a new law outlawing self-organised universities. This new law will in the Autumn be challenged with the opening of a new free university in a flat or in a park or in a square.