Portrait of a Building

Once a spinning mill, then a business school, soon to be abandoned. merino01

I don’t think I ever did a shoot there without getting lost somehow. Being a former spinning mill, the so-called Merino Building is a maze of confusing mezzanines, spiral staircases, back doors and outdated signposts. For close to 40 years, this was part of the Norwegian School of Economics. Now both students and staff are moving into a new building on the main campus, leaving the old mill behind. I was commissioned to make a series of pictures before all activity ceased – and immediately got carried away, spending several days loitering in the hallways, disturbing students in their exams and discussing the concept of Buddhist Economics and homemade Scream pastiches in the academic realm.

These are the Merino files.

The office. One of many soon to be emptied.

The office.

The Academic Scream. Ethics professor Knut Ims and his Scream pastiche.

The ethics professor. Knut Ims and his Scream pastiche.

The director's office,

The director’s office.

Students #1

Student #1

Backup. Anno 1978.

Backup. Anno 1978.

Quite funny in Norwegian. Not untranslatable. But lazy caption writer.

Funny in Norwegian. Not untranslatable. But I’m lazy.

Students #2

Student #2

The manager. Nils Netteland in his lovely office.

The manager. Nils Netteland in his office.