Film Sketched by Moving North, Vision i Norr, 2022

In 2022 the ‘Moving North’ project was awarded a New European Bauhaus / ArkDes Vision I Norr fund for developing proposals to increase social integration in the city by exploring forms of reciprocity between migrants, refugees and host communities. Moving North was a cross-sectoral team consisting of an artist, a curator, architects, a cultural geographer, architecture students and the organization Hej Framling. Based on a strong foothold in northern Sweden and with experience of both collaboration and participant-based methods in places with increased migration and relocation, Moving North critically explored how different placemaking processes can promote social participation and social sustainability. Their findings are recorded in the short film ‘Folketstad: A city of many parts’ 17:40 which address the challenges of restrictive migration and labour laws on people’s well-being at a time when the North is rapidly expanding and recruiting a new workforce.

The film documents the Moving North group process of researching social integration in the city of Skellefteå in Northern Sweden. The film raises difficult questions about migration, social cohesion and displacement, highlighting who is included and who is excluded from the rapidly expanding development of Sweden’s northern cities. The new employment opportunities open doors for many, but at the same time we see how legal boundaries create extreme forms of social exclusion. Traveling to designated refugee housing on the outskirts of cities demonstrates the processes of bordering and a distance created by national legislation and societal processes. These questions concern migration legislation at the national and European level.

The Moving North project for Vision I Norr was supported by the New European Bauhaus, Skellefteå Kommun, ArkDes, Energimyndigheten, Vinnova, Formas, Boverket.

The Moving North Research Team includes: Umeå School of Architecture: Robert Mull, Sangram Shirke, Amalia Katapodis, students Navid Ghafouri and Emmy Nelson; Ele Carpenter, UmArts; Linda Sandberg, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies; at Umeå University. Sandi Hilal, Decolonising Architecture and Lund University; Marina Långdahl, Hej Framling! Västerbotten.

The film is available for film screenings and discussions at conferences and public events.