Nizam Najjar and Lars Cuzner are artists with a background in visual arts, video production, and entrepreneurship, running the collective production and art space on Urtegata. Their activities focus on sustainable transportation alternatives for the inner city and infrastructure for visual content production.
2020 marked the hundredth anniversary of the building, originally a factory for prototyping and construction with a metal structure and an open floor plan. Back in the 1980s it was Norway’s biggest mosque and is still listed as a cultural building.
Fellesverkstedet ran the building in the 2010's which Cuzner was a part of starting.
“We want to have production in here, It’s aligned with the spirit of the building. But when we talk about production, it doesn’t have to be heavy industrial production. We’re talking about multimedia production in culture an the local community. We have a painting studio, a steaming studio, a large scale multi function studio and, sometimes, we organize events. We have bike workshop downstairs and loading dock for cargo bikes through the entrance. We are also re-sourcing material that is going to get thrown out from museums and galleries. It’s an operational space, working all the time. Anybody who wants to come in and work is very welcome. We want to work, you know, we don’t want to administer a visiting center.”