I went to Oslo wanting to film something, but I didn’t know what, until a friend of mine took me to this old, recently abandoned building just outside the city centre. Walking through it he tells me about its history - how it originally was a real chocolate factory but after the production was moved in the mid eighties it stood vacant for a while until artists started taking the place in use. It became an art factory, called “Sjokoladefabrikken”, for established and developing artists – musicians, visual artists, theatre artists, and perhaps a couple of hippies thrown into the mix. This community existed over two decades, under the constant threat of the building being demolished by the owners. It was never supposed to exist for that long, so the maintenance was not exactly prioritized. Finally, in January 2012, the economic situation had stabilized and the city centre had expanded enough to pull the plug and start building fancy new apartments in the entire block. All the artists were forced to move, leaving empty, ghostlike rooms and corridors with stories of recent creative activities. The demolition began exactly one week after the last footage of this film was shot.

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