For ten years the Hausmania has been a place for aspiring artists in Oslo. Offering cheap rooms for any kinds of art, ranging from music to painting and scupture. The place has been run by volunteers since the building was occupied ten years ago. Now the city council of oslo have decided to throw them out on the street. This is not the first time that the devil of city planning Bård Folke Fredriksen is trying to make life hard for poor artist in the capital of Norway. In year 2000 he tried to sell off all the buildings where alternative artist had their workplaces. He said that these buildings did not generate enough income. but we fought a hard and long political battle and saved atleast some of the buildings. When will this capitalist monster ever leave us poor artist alone?
I remember back then, Bård Folke Fredriksen lost when the city council were voting on the petition to throw out all the artist and sell the buildings. We were there at the meting, he saw us. The next day my band Ehwaz was hired to open the 1000 years celebration festival, and guess who was there, giving a speach on how the multitude of culture in Oslo made it possible to make a festival like this..? Yes, it was the devils council member him self. This man is a danger to culture and art in Oslo!
When it comes to Hausmania, they have been struggling for their survival since the beginning. They have made deals with the city council and have got permission to stay. But now the beast of right wing politics wants to build Student apartments.. Well, a good idea to build those, but can you not find an other place for those apartments? or is it something else behind all this. My theory is that Bård Folke Fredriksen hates art and artist. To him they are filthy and non productive and by that shall be condemned to do their art on the streets. May be he got denied a place in art school, like an other famous monster? and then he entered politicts to get his revenge?
Oslo already spend next to nothing to help young and aspiring artist, there are no places for us to do our arts. Every time someone tries to set up a place, Bård “Trillebård” Folke Fredriksen comes to tear the place down. It seems that artists in Oslo have to struggle so much to keep their places, that they do not have time do do any art. What to do?