Bjørvika 1840…: A former container port, the name ‘Bjørvika’ is derived from Norse, meaning ‘the city bay’, as the area is located where the Alna River meets the Fjord.
2011: The Amy Franceschini is invited to Norway together with a group of artists and thinkers. Together with her colleagues from Futurefarmers they decide to investigation what public art can be in a public space as Loallmenningen.
2012: Herligheten Allotment Gardens established
Through an open call in May 2012, Oslo citizens were invited to apply for an allotment box in “Herligheten”. One hundred boxes were given away and four thousand people applied. Today a thriving community of urban gardeners remain.
The project startet up with the intention of 3 seasons, but was expanded year by year due to delays in developing the school at the neighbor plot.
150 people attended the “dugnad” on 13 May 2012 and Herligheten was established! See 1 minute timelap here:
2013: Flatbread Society etablished
Flatbread Society is a public artwork consisting of an Ancient Grainfield, a Bakehouse and public program initiated by Futurefarmers art collective in 2012. The Grainfield was a field measuring 300 m2 where several types of ancient grain such as Svedjerug (rye), spelt, emmer, einkorn and barley grow, and the Bakehouse is a 100m2 baking facility that forms the nexus of exchange at Losæter; gatherings, workshops and a place to be, bake and exchange ideas and recipes.
Project director for art, Anne Beate Hovind gives a brief summery of 2013.
2015: Soil Procession + Declaration of Land Use
On June 13, 2015, a procession of 50 Norwegian farmers carried soil from farms as far north as Tromsø and as far south as Stokke to its new home in Oslo. Soil offerings were laid out upon the land ceremony and feast unfolded. On this day the site was named Losæter, and we signed a Declaration of Land Use declaring the Losæter a new cultural institution in Bjørvika.
Video: Svein Kjøde / copyright: Futurefarmers:
2016: The Bakehouse built at Losæter
The grain field was sown simultaneously as the bakehouse was risen. See the beautiful art film here:
2016: City farmers hired
In April 2016 the first City farmer was hired by the Norwegian Farmers’ Union in collaboration with Bjørvika Utvikling. Andreas Capjon is still working part-time at Losæter.
In the spring of 2019 Øystein Hvamen Rasmussen took over the position as city farmer at Losæter. He is employed through the Agency for Urban Enviroment – City of Oslo.
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