Virtual Walks Oslo

Oslo is the Norwegian capital and a European city in which digital services, public internet, RFID identification, surveillance cameras, fluorescent lighting, radar systems, anti-theft security devices, surveillance cameras, mobile phones, tram cables, antennae, navigation systems, minibanks and neon advertising are used intensively. Payments are almost no longer made in cash but with cards, many doors do not open with keys but with codes, apps substitute conventional services, internet is available everywhere. The increasing digital communication is connected to an increase of electromagnetic fields all over the city.

Here is a map of Oslo with 21 electromagnetic panoramas. Click on each one and start the Virtual Walks Oslo. Instructions below. Enjoy!


In dialogue with Christina Kubisch over some years, Ultima’s artistic director Thorbjørn Tønder Hansen developed the initial idea of an Electrical Walks website. One central idea was to transform the Electrical Walks in the city to the virtual walks Oslo online.

To realize this project, the team of Christina Kubisch, Ecki Güter, Frank Paul and Tom Thiel visited Oslo in May 2019. They filmed, photographed and recorded acoustic and electromagnetic sounds at 21 different places within the city, from tourist hotspots to remote stations, from cultural highlights to hidden corners, from the harbour to the central station. Frank Paul used a special photographic technique, where 4-5 fisheye images are stitched to an equirectangular projection which can be viewed as a 360° panorama. The electromagnetic waves were recorded with the custom made special induction headphones designed by Christina Kubisch.


You are invited to discover a different und unknown Oslo, where the hidden electromagnetic life of the city suddenly becomes audible.

Instructions

Click on a hotspot on the map above to start your Virtual Walks Oslo. When the panorama has loaded, you can drag your mouse or swipe to look around and explore the space. All spaces contain multiple sounds. Headphones or a connected speaker system are highly recommended!

Drag mouse or swipe to look around.

Every panorama contains two hotspots that link to the next location. It is up to you in which direction you do the virtual electric walk.

Click the red hotspots to jump to the next space.

See examples here:

Drag mouse or swipe to look around.

Every panorama contains two hotspots that link to the next location. It is up to you in which direction you do the virtual electric walk.

Click the red hotspots to jump to the next space.

Now click here to start your virtual electrical walk

or choose a link from the list of panoramas below


The commission for the Virtual Walks Oslo and the electricalwalks.org website is supported by