About the project

The Port of Oslo in 1798 is an interactive experience along the Harbour Promenade in Oslo. Sights, sounds and scents are recreated so that you can get a sensory impression of Oslo and Norway’s history and art history at the end of the 18th century. Visually, and through sound, The Port of Oslo in 1798 is a digital world. It is nevertheless moored to the physical world by scent boxes and the emphasis on location.

The Port of Oslo in 1798 can be experienced on smartphones, tablets and PCs. For the full experience you should stand in the places recreated: seeing, listening and smelling what characterised them in 1798. You should also reflect on this, and how these places have changed.

Gaming technology, virtual reality and augmented reality are used to develop the digital part of the experience. Signs on “the orange containers” along the Harbour Promenade are physical gateways to the digital world, but also provide information. They are also where the scent boxes are located.

The buildings, harbour area and all other aspects of the experience of The Port of Oslo in 1798 are based on research done by historians, cultural historians and archaeologists. Links to references to the research, as well as further information are provided in connection to the experiences.

The project started January and ends June 2018.