Once more the car has been denied in certain areas in Oslo car-free zone, one of the more surveillant places in the city indeed. The car was prohibited from going through Aker Brygge area because the area is mainly private, said Tiril from Albertine project.

“We only just got through the fence, before we were stopped by a guard. He explained that Aker Brygge is private property, owned by Norwegian Properties, and we did not have permission to roam about in there.”

Nobel Peace Centre


The journey of Albertine project continued to Nobel Peace Centre last Thursday. Tiril and her co-host met locals who recognized the Migrant Car from the newspapers Dagsavisen.

Photo: Milagros Gola Singh

Albertine project continued discussing the history of Oslo in context to the developments and changes that has happened and which is still happening in the area.

“A few guards from the Peace Centre stopped by to look at the car. One of them remembered taking the train from the station that used to be there on the first day of his military training. He said the area changed massively after the car traffic was removed, and remembered the way the trains were driving amongst the car traffic and therefore required a man to walk in from of the train, ringing a bell. We talked some more about the old and the new city, and touched on Oslos industrial past.”

Tiril Flom

Between Pollution, Drinking and Prostitution


On the second day of Albertine project the focus went towards the history of Oslo itself, mainly in the now so-called car-free zone.

Albertine i politilægens venteværelse (1886), Christian Krogh

“Today we stood at the bottom of the steps by Kronprinsesse Märthas plass by the City Hall. The goal for today was to talk about how the city has changed, from the polluted and poverty-stricken slum in Albertines era, to the ever-escalating addition of cultural centers in the Fjord City.”

Christiania (1880) Photo: unknown

“Before the City Hall was build, the area was actually both a heavily populated area and a centre for drinking and prostitution. In the book about Albertine, this is where she ends up after being pushed into this dark lifestyle.”

Photo: unknown

“Two Pakistani men, who have worked for Sporveien (the rail services in Oslo) for 40 years, said that Norway is the best place in the whole world. We talked with them about how the rails were divided into trams in the west and trains in the east until 1985, and how the area was still industrial until Aker Brygge was built not long after. We remembered the containers by the shore and talked about city redevelopment, of which they were optimistic.”

Different Strokes For Different Folks


On the 15th the Albertine project started its public journey of mediating some of the local history in Oslo. As a known fellow, the Migrant Car will participating this fiveday journey.

The first day started out mediating the Albertine relief. Here Tiril the mediator met many tourists being intrigued not only by the local history of Oslo but also the Migrant Car temporarly connected to the place of encounter. Tiril met also local people that shared their thoughts upon the daily routine seeing tourists occupied in front of the Albertine relief.

“We had a conversation with two locals working with IT across the street. They had noticed many tourists gathering daily around the Albertine relief from their office window, and had therefore researched its history. They seemed also curious and amused about the new artwork Migrant Car, now standing under this historic artwork they had just learned about.”

Tiril Flom
Photo: Milagros Gola Singh

Music and the Power of Connecting People


“Music is powerful. Yesterday was a day full of encounters, we stayed with the car next to the ferries, moving it back and forth a couple of times. I played music from Vietnam, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Poland, Turkey, Somalia, and more.

During the day I collected both songs from the passerby and personal stories.”

Photo: Alessandro Marchi

“Ta from Vietnam shared his story with us, he agreed on being recorded. He escaped his motherland when he was 11, on a boat directed to Malaysia, but during a storm they were rescued by a Norwegian tanker and so he started a new life here in Norway.

Another guy shared his story and wished to remain anonymous. He’s Kurdish and his brother was fighting for the Kurdish resistance guerrilla against Turkey. When he turned 20 he was forced to join the Turkey army and between the choice of combatting against his brother and joining the guerrilla he decided not to join any war and looked for asylum in Norway.”

Photo: Alessandro Marchi

“A group of Somali women made a lot of requests and turned the square into a dance floor.”

Alessandro Marchi