Project: Permanent exhibition
Client: The Royal Armoury - Livrustkammaren
The Royal Armoury, located in the old vaults of the Royal Palace in Stockholm, is one of Sweden's oldest museums. The collections of objects from Swedish royal history are unique and have no equivalent in Sweden or abroad.
After 40 years, it was time to update the history of the power of the monarchy with more perspectives, not least the importance of the queens and princesses. The new permanent exhibition also contains interactive stations which engages the visitors all senses.
Expology contributed to this reopened museum with project management, feasibility study and development of dramaturgical structure for the exhibitions.
Photo: Erik Lernestål/Statens historiska museer/ CC license
Expology recently collaborated with Urgent Agency, do design and deliver a H&M launch event for the 2019 Conscious Exclusive Collection.
Some words from the kick-off design session:
Mother Earth is extraordinary.
It can start with a seed. That seed becomes a tree
That tree becomes a house. For birds. For insects. For life itself!
That tree will give people fresh air. Fruits to eat. Fruits that falls to ground.
Fruit that rots. Decomposes.
Until all that´s lefts is space for a new seed.
A new seed that becomes a new tree.
That becomes a new house. For birds. For insects. For life itself!
That´s nature. It goes in circles.
So simple. So brilliant!
Expology commissioned a willow tree, by artist Klara Pil, and designed an event that was entirely made of natural and reusable materials, with locally-sourced food and drinks - in keeping with H&M’s drive to combine nature-inspired beauty with sustainability and innovation.
Photos: Jan Khur 2019 ©
Expology were invited to participate in St Petersburg’s Biennale of Museum Design, where a handfull of international design studios are partnered with a Museum to develop an exhibition as part of the event. This Biennale featured exhibitions and talks by Atelier Brückner, Ralph Applebaum Associates, MOMA San Fransisco and Kvorning, amongst a host of other participants who’s work contributed to a wholly successful and important event for the city.
Expology worked with the A.S. Popov Central Museum of Communication, on an exhibition called ‘Philately as Art’. The exhibition tells stories behind the artistic creation of stamp; What subjects were historically chosen for stamps in Russia and the USSR and how the state used stamps as an instrument of agitation or propaganda. This was a new way of presenting postage stamps and preparatory materials to the public, and the public reaction was very positive.
Expology are grateful to the museum for their support, and trust in trying something different in an effort to reach new audiences. In addition, we are grateful for the support from ProArte Foundation.
Project: Jews & Sweden
Client: Jewish Museum
In a former synagogue in the Old town of Stockholm the Jewish Museum has reopened. The new permanent exhibition tells the forgotten story about the Jewish heritage in Sweden. With the motto “about a minority, for a majority” the museum reveals Jewish life in Sweden for 300 years.
Expology contributed to this reopened museum with project management and was responsible for the exhibition design, with the mission of giving great focus on aesthetics. The exhibition also contains contemporary artwork that, together with the exhibition design and the museum objects, creates a link between history and today.
Photo: Jean Baptiste Béranger
Sagastad is a new Viking knowledge center based around a 30 meter replica of Myklebust ship – one of the worlds largest viking ships ever found through archaeological digs. Here, we learn about the mystics, the rituals and the long voyages in fantastic ships. Sagastad is a celebration of culture, craft, and seamanship. Expology created a rich multi-media experience based around the ship model.
Expology’s mission, was to create an experience centre that would place Nordfjordeied on the national map, as an important destination venue. The project was strongly supported by academic research in cooperation with the University of Bergen.
The ship was placed in the middle of the Visitor Centre, surrounded by interactive exhibitions which connect the life-size reconstruction with it’s history.
Photos: © Ruben Soltvedt
Client: IKEA Museum, Älmhult
Play! at IKEA Museum in Älmhult is an interactive exhibition about the important topic play. IKEA has conducted one of the world’s most extensive research studies of play. The exhibition is inspired by the IKEA Play Report, exploring the importance of play for adults as well as children, identifying five different motivators to why we play.
The visitors get to experience and learn about the five different ways to play, but it requires participation and exploration. You need to play.
Expology developed the exhibition concept together with IKEA Museum, and was responsible for both interior and graphic design.
Photo: © Inter IKEA Systems B.V. 2019
Project: 500 Years of Swedish Naval Defence
Client: Naval Museum
The exhibition 500 Years of Swedish Naval Defence is an introduction to the Naval Museum. By a 10 minutes film, covering the whole 500 year period, and by following people that’s been a part of the Swedish Navy the visitors get a personal insight in the naval history before they take part of the rest of the museum. Taking its start with the formation of the Swedish fleet in the year 1522, the exhibition tells the story of the Swedish Navy until present day.
Expology worked in close collaboration with the museum, with responsibility for exhibition design and drawings.
Photo: Mikael Dunker/Statens maritima och transporthistoriska museer
Project: The Playroom Blubb
Client: The Maritime Museum, Stockholm
Blubb is a playroom for children at The Maritime Museum in Stockholm. It is a magical underwater world, full of treasures, submarines, fish, divers and wrecks. Created for children 0-6 years. It is an interactive room full of fun, where the visitors can use their different senses to explore and discover. Even the smallest children can find activities especially created for them, inviting them to squeeze, crawl and listen.
The project started in 2016 with a feasibility study. Various reference studies were conducted on play, learning and child psychology. A reference group of preschool children was engaged.
Together with the museum Expology developed the concept and design. In early 2019 Blubb was ready to welcome it’s curious and playful visitors.
Photo: Sjöhistoriska museet
Expology were commissioned to work with Film Maker Simen Haughom, to develop a new shopping experience for Norway House, one of Oslo’s most popular tourist shops.
The Xperium, is an mixture of immersive animation and film, which tells the story of the Northern Lights. From the science of it’s creation, through journeying through spectacular Norwegian landscape, and arriving at the Northern Lights: the experience is designed to give visitors a first-hand feeling for what it might be like to witness them for real.
Expology were pleased to collaborate with Pål Brekke, an internationally well-know expert in Northern Lights. CGI animation was done by Novaline Group. Photography by Ørjan Bertelsen.
Project: Getting Closer
Client: Uppsala University
Uppsala University has been part of REAL, an interdisciplinary research project on human-environment interactions to enable sustainable use of East Africa’s environment and resources. Expology have made a travelling exhibition based on the research results.
The exhibition aims to break down the complex concept of "climate change" into something more graspable and concrete. The visitors get to experience different voices from Kenya and Tanzania, getting up-close stories on the environmental changes and its social, political and historical contexts.
Getting Closer started its international tour February 2019.
Project: John Singer Sargent
Client: Nationalmuseum, Stockholm
When Nationalmuseum reopened in Stockholm the inaugural exhibition was with the American artist John Singer Sargent. Visitors could see some of his most famous portraits as well as landscapes and scenes of everyday life.
The Expology designed exhibition took inspiration in Sargent's paintings. His sense for texture, textile and draping inspired spatial elements to enhance the drawings, and big mirror walls enabled the visitors to mingle with the aristocrats, artists and writers portrayed by Sargent.
Project: Design Stories
Client: Nationalmuseum, Stockholm
Nationalmuseum is Sweden’s museum of art and design. Following five years of renovation, Design Stories is the first major design exhibition after the museum reopened in October 2018.
Design Stories presents ten designers or design firms for whom stories play a central role in their design concepts, work process or branding.
Expologys mission was to create an exhibition design corresponding to the theme. A contemporary feel to highlight the design ideas and stories, but also in harmony with the room’s classic architecture with pillars, arches and natural light.
Project: W.A.R.S. (Women, Activism and Reorganizing Societies 1789-1914)
Client: The Museum of Women´s History
The Museum of Women´s History discuss issues of gender and power, identity and history.
In W.A.R.S the visitors are invited to explore 140 years of women’s never-ending struggle for citizenship – for the right to be seen as a person. But they are also invited to take part in the discussion. The exhibition serves as an arena for debate, and everyone is invited. A democracy has room for differences of opinion, but can we disagree without hatred, threats and violence? What is at risk if everyone cannot take part in the political debate on equal terms?
Expology had the role of exhibition producer with concept and content development as well as interior and graphic design.
Project: Ta kontroll interactive game
Client: Nordea Norway
Nordea Norway opened a visitor center where school classes can come and play Ta kontroll- Take control, a free learning tool in personal finance.
Ta kontroll is an interactive game for students in 9th grade and up. Through the game, students gain a basic understanding and knowledge of the value of money, income and consumption. The game also gives an insight into the banks’ role in society and some of the professions that exist within the banking industry.
Students get to create their own profile and are assigned a role either as a bank consultant or as a student with a dream. The students are then divided in groups according to their dreams: either to buy an apartment, start a business, give back to the community by building a school in a developing country or going on a road trip with friends. Each of these dreams require savings and a control of personal finance, which they experience in the course of the game.
Project: Traveling exhibition, id:TRANS
Client: Photographer Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin
The exhibition featured 60 photos from Swedish photographer Elisabeth Ohlsson Wallin, most noted for her exhibition Ecce homo (1998). It also featured video installations, recorded interviews and everyday objects that offers an insight into life as a trans person today.
Additionally, the exhibition incorporated a historical part where the visitors had a chance to meet “Queen Christina” and other role models for the transgender rights movement. This part of the exhibition also presents photographs that mimic 17th century portraits. By swapping out traditional portraiture subjects with contemporary trans persons, Elisabeth Ohlsson Wallin aimed to give the transgender community the history it deserves.
Together with six different Swedish museums Expology conducted a pre-study for the project and secured the finances by booking venues for the first years of the tour and applying for public support.
Project: New museum, The leisure boat museum (Fritidsbåtsmuseet)
Client: Murberget, Västernorrland County Museum (Murberget Länsmuseet Västernorrland)
For more than 100 years, our extraordinary Swedish archipelago has been a playground for families on summer vacation. In the early twentieth century you would mostly find rich families or fishermen on the islands. Today more than 800 000 leisure boats of various models are registered in Sweden and boating is growing more popular than ever.
The museum presents 27 different boats and their stories and is not only about winds and rough waters. It also reveals the history of Sweden and the desire for the freedom to explore nature which the Swedish people hold so close to their hearts.
Expology contributed to this permanent exhibition with project management, concept and content development, text, graphics and exhibition design. The exhibition design was developed in collaboration with designer Patrik Larsson.
Project: The Power and the Story
Client: Army Museum, Stockholm
What if history began with you? If there were no things saved from the past, no stories of how people lived. What would that be like? In museums and archives, huge amounts of documents, objects and films are saved. Together, the things preserved create an image of history. Things that are not saved may be lost forever and sooner or later, events that are not documented will be forgotten.
But everything can’t be preserved. A hundred years from now, people may wish to form an image of our time. Pieces of the puzzle will be missing then, just like today when we're looking back in time.
How does the museum decide what to save for the future and transform everyday objects into museum pieces? Who has the power to choose which stories that are to be heard? "The Power and the Story" is discussing and illustrating the power of the institutionalized collections. It invites the visitor to get access behind the scenes at the museum- with archive boxes, object bags and white gloves. The artefacts are moved out of their niches and visitors can in that way examine the content from many different angles, and understand the topic from several perspectives.
Expology in cooperation with the museum created concept, content, text, graphic design and exhibition design for this permanent exhibition that also serves as an introduction to the rest of the Army museum. We had the power to choose this time, somebody else might have made different choices.
To get behind the scenes of the exhibition production, visit the blog:
Photographer: Erik Lernestål and Måns Berg
Project: Vasa’s Women - Always present - often invisible
Client: The Vasa Museum
The Vasa Museum is one of Scandinavia's most visited museums. Here you will find the well-preserved 1600-century warship Vasa.
The exhibition shows new and surprising research about the living conditions and responsibilities of women during the early part of the 17th century. By means of four women, the exhibition focuses on the role of the women in society at a time when they had more power and influence than that narrated by traditional historiography.
Vasa’s Women was one of the top three nominees for the prestigious prize Exhibition of the year, 2017.
Expology worked in close collaboration with the museum, with responsibility for exhibition design and drawings.
Client: The Swedish Museum of Natural History
The Swedish Museum of Natural History is a government agency who’s task is to promote interest in, and knowledge and research on, the origins and development of the universe and Earth.
Expeditions is about the museum’s role in charting the Earth’s plant and animal life, the path to current knowledge about the planet. It’s about research expeditions, both near and far.
Expology worked with the museum to establish the content structure and was responsible for graphic design.
Project: Propaganda – Beware!
Client: The Living History Forum (Forum för Levande Historia)
The Living History Forum is a Swedish public authority that uses the Holocaust and other crimes against humanity to work on issues such as tolerance, democracy and human rights.
Today in society we are bombarded by information and many people and organizations want to influence how we think and behave. This creates great democratic opportunities, but also puts a lot of responsibility on us as receivers of the messages and our ability to critical thinking. The exhibition shows how "the good society" was highlighted in propaganda in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union during the 1930s and 40s. The exhibition is also about today's media society, what controls the media flow and how receptive we are. We believe that those who understand the mechanisms of propaganda also have the ability to think critically and see through manipulative messages.
Propaganda – Beware! is a traveling exhibition. It is primarily targeted to 13-19 years old and comes with a workshop program for school classes.
Expology worked in close cooperation with the Living History Forum and several scientists, in the roles as exhibition producer and designer, with responsibility for driving the process through content strategy, concept and realization.
Client: The Swedish History Museum
The Swedish History Museum is one of the biggest museums in Sweden. They have more than ten million objects, a lot of which is archaeological artifacts, excavated in what is now called Sweden.
Arkeoteket is an interactive exhibition for curious children between three and seven years old. The exhibition is a perfect first encounter with archeology. You can dig up and investigate 3D prints of finds from the museum collections and, in new and exciting ways, get close to and gain interest in the museum's objects.
Expology worked closely with the museum in the creation of the exhibition concept and with the 3D-printed objects.
Project: Borealis Alta: an immersive northern lights experience
Client: Borealis Alta
The beauty and power of the northern lights have fascinated people across the ages. While various cultures have told their own stories about the aurora borealis, researchers have been looking for a scientific explanation of the phenomenon.
This interactive exhibition brings together different stories about the northern lights and its magical qualities, focusing on interactive experiences based on Sami myths.
Visitors can create and play with the northern lights as they wave to the starlit sky, or invoke the aurora through song.
A 10-track original soundscape is heard throughout the exhibition creating an immersive experience.
Borealis Alta is located in the Northern Lights Cathedral, in Alta, Norway.
Project: Stämplad Travelling Exhibition
Client: Forum för Levande Historia (the Living History Forum)
The Living History Forum (Forum för Levande Historia) is a Swedish public authority that uses the Holocaust and other crimes against humanity to work on issues such as tolerance, democracy and human rights.
Stämplad is a new travelling exhibition designed to raise awareness about the dangers of categorizing people.
The exhibition is designed to engage the user on a personal level by using historical and current witness accounts and through interactive displays where visitors can challenge their own prejudices. The concise and compact exhibition has been designed to target 18 to 25 year olds and are now touring Sweden, displayed in public spaces such as shopping centers or train stations.
Expology contributed to the project with project management, concept and content development and graphic design. The exhibition design was developed in collaboratin with designer Patrik Larsson. Stämplad was built in four identical versions by the Swedish Exhibition Agency (Riksutställningar). It started touring in January 2017.
Photos: Andrei Alexa, Riksutställningar
Project: Modellkammaren - The Model Chamber
Client: Marinmuseet - The Maritime Museum, Karlskrona
To try and evaluate concepts and ideas in the 18th century, models was one of the best way to go. In 1752 King Adolf Fredrik ordered that these models would be collected and displayed in model houses in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Karlskrona. This collection of historic models forms the origin and is heart of the current Maritime Museum at Karlskrona.
Expology in cooperation with the museum created concept, text, graphic and exhibition design for this permanent exhibition. The exhibition enables the visitors to understand the crucial role model making plays in shipbuilding, both in the past and today.
Photos: Magnus Lejhall, Statens maritima museer
Project: Verdens Ende - På Kanten av Havet
Client: Færder National Park Centre
At the very edge of the ocean lies Verdens Ende - The World's End. It is the location for Færder National Park's new visitor center. Expology was hired to design its permanent exhibition.
At the heart of the exhibition is an interactive marine installation, where visitors can engage with a dynamic virtual ecosystem.
Kinect sensors track multiple visitors, allowing them to engage with the huge 270 degree panoramic screen. We also designed tablet software where visitors can learn more about the sights in the installation.
Project: Resenärerna - The Voyagers
Client: Sjöhistoriska museet - The Maritime Museum, Stockholm
Throughout the XVIIIth century men and women joined the Swedish East India Company to undertake the long and perilous voyage from Europe to China in the dream of fortune through trade. They experienced exotic climates, encountered new people and came into contact with foreign cultures. It was a long and dangerous journey, and not all the voyagers made it home.
Testimonials, drawings and letters written by some of the voyagers are used to help the visitor imagine life on board the ships.
Expology created the graphic design, provided guidelines for text, researched and edited images, produced print originals as well as designed interactive stations.
Photos: Anneli Karlsson
Project: The Treasures of the Castle - Between the battlefield and the starry sky
Client: Skokloster Castle (LSH – Livrustkammaren, Skoklosters slott, Hallwyllska museet)
Skokloster Castle is one of the worlds greatest baroque castles, located outside of Stockholm. It was built for Carl Gustaf Wrangel, a statesman and military commander. Wrangel amassed many rare artifacts, books and weapons during his wars across Europe and he stored his collections at Skokloster slott.
Unfortunately this impressive collection has not been accessible to visitors with reduced mobility. By using innovative technology such as 3D scanning and 3D printing Expology has enabled all visitors to experience the castle through a one-room exhibition on the ground floor of the castle. The exhibition is centered around Guiseppe Arcimboldos masterpiece painting Vertumus from 1592, but it also presents a selection of other rare items from the castle collection.
Project: Visitor center, Berg Slussar
Client: Göta Kanalbolaget
The Göta Kanal, links Sweden’s East and West coast, it is one of Sweden most popular tourist destination, with many hiking, cruising or cycling along its beautiful shores. Originally built at the beginning of the XIXth century it has begun an extensive renovation program called "Göta Kanal 2.0" to ensure its future.
Expology created a visitor center showcasing the history and technology behind the 200 year old canal as well as explaining the current work being undertaken. It is located at one of the canal's most iconic location, the Berg Slussar lock gates.
Using historical blueprints, films, letters and photographs from the Göta Kanal archives, Expology has been able to present both the technical achievements and the personal stories behind the canal.
Project: Exhibition Mountaineering
Client: The Norwegian Tindesenter
The Norwegian Tindesenter is a national center for mountain climbing and dynamic outdoor activities in Åndalsnes, Norway. The exhibition tells the story of pioneers from the 1800's to present mountain activities.
The center's aim is to strengthen Romsdalen county as an attractive tourist destination for both cruise and car tourists, but also a meeting point for active mountain enthusiasts.
The exhibition builds on the climbing pioneer, Arne Randers Heen (1905-1991), and his mountain climbing collection. The exhibition combines historical stories and interactive experiences, which gives visitors insight into the spectacular nature, athletes driving force and the development of activities on mountains.
Photos: Expology AS.
Exhibition: Faith, Hope, Health
Client: Kulturen i Lund, Medicinhistoriska museet i Helsingborg
Faith, Hope, Health is an experiential journey through the development of medicine. Focusing on the perception of disease, what is considered healthy or sick, and how this has changed over time. Through historical flashbacks the exhibition provides perspective on the relationship between disease, nursing and social development. The exhibition challenges the visitor to discuss, think and reflect by experiencing Helsingborg’s medical history and making connections to today.
Expology created the concept, graphic design, exhibition design and produced the new permanent exhibition at the Museum of Medical History in Helsingborg before the reopening in 2015. To understand the modern healthcare development, both scientific progress and social work with preventive health, is to understand our own society.
Photograper: Lucas Hinnerud, Viveca Ohlsson/Kulturen
Project: New headquarter
Client: EVRY AS
EVRY had the need for something to emphasize their visual brand and an eye catcher in their open space as well as informative spaces for their visitors and employees.
Expology developed interactive information screens, Brand Indentity furniture and a wave...
Exhibition: Norway is the Sea
Client: Norwegian Maritime Museum, Oslo, Norway
“Norway is the Sea” is one of three new exhibitions that mark the Norwegian Maritime Museum’s centennial in 2014. Interactive experiences engage visitors to discussion and debate, and spread knowledge about Norwegian shipping and maritime activities.
As the driving force behind the extraction of oil and other offshore ventures, the maritime industry is the foundation of modern Norway’s increasing wealth. The shipping industry brings goods from around the world to Norwegian consumers. This 500 square meters exhibition addresses technological changes and their impact on shipping and maritime industries in recent times, inviting debate about the future. As with the rest of society, the industry has gone global, and large movements in the world economy have brought prospects of growth as well as crises. Today, Norway’s advantages are still linked to natural resources, but first and foremost to experience and knowledge. What does this knowledge consist of, and how can we use it?
Client: Nobel Peace Centre, Oslo, Norway
BeDemocracy is an exhibition debating democracy and the influence of social media on democratic participation. It is a total dynamic exhibition where the input from visitors forms the content and expression of the exhibition.
At the center of the exhibition is a giant sphere displaying utterances from the visitors. With the help of Kinect visitors can “like” the expressions displayed and the most liked expressions will form the final visual look of the exhibition in November 2014. Visitor input to the sphere is given on four thematic walls with case specific questions, the exhibition website and Twitter.
BeDemocracy is a temporary exhibition active from May 14th to November 23rd 2014. It’s developed in corporation with the Nobel Peace Center.
Project: New interactive technology centre
Client: Aker Solutions
Year: 2012, 2013, 2014
Experience how the finest in Norwegian engineering have overcome the forces of nature and created innovation for a greater good. The oil and gas and industry has contributed substantially to Norwegian innovation and Aker Solutions has been a leading innovative force.
Expology was responsible for the concept development and production of Engineerium, which showcase the best examples of engineering and technological science in general and Aker Solutions´ view on innovation. The centre consists of 2,000 m2 and invites visitors to experience the oil and gas industry through interactive installations, historical models, a social learning game, a 3D visualisation centre, and an amphitheatre with recording and movie capabilities.
In 2014, we developed a visitor guide for Engineerium. This is an app that gives the visitors more information about the 37 installations in the centre as well as in-depth knowledge about the history of the Aker companies. The app also makes it possible for visitors to take part in an interactive game about energy.
Project: New headquarter
Client: NSB Group, Oslo, Norway
The number of inhabitants in Norway will grow by 1 million over the next 15 years. How can we avoid queuing and chaos, and reduce environmental damage from transport?
This is the main challenge of the NSB Group, a Nordic transportation group working in the areas of passenger transport by bus and rail, freight traffic by rail, property development and train maintenance. When the five companies relocated from several hubs to a shared headquarter, they needed a unifying identity to bring their people together.
Expology created three installations in the reception area and meeting center. A wall behind the reception consisting of 21 square screens show movies, graphics and live feed related to activities and news from the NSB Group. A game based installation shaped as a 3 by 1.5 m table include a railway and bus model, a sure hit with the many enthusiasts at NSB. Finally, an interactive LED curtain, 6 m high and 3.6 m wide, is an arena for playful games that communicate the mission of the NSB group. The LED curtain hardware is easy to set up to showcase seasonal programs. Christmas tree with blinking star and jingle bells, anyone?
Project: New science center
Client: Inspiria Science Center
Year: 2011, 2014
Engage in a truly immersive experience at INSPIRIA, the best attraction between Gothenburg and Oslo. Pushing the science centre format to the extreme Expology developed a real immersive experience for INSPIRIA science centre in Sarpsborg. Tailor made and off the shelf exhibits have been staged in a scenography dragging visitors of all ages into the scientific subjects. In 70 interactive and educational installations children can explore aspects of health, environment and energy. Using the Expology XMS system, visitors can record, store and share many of the experiments and extend the impact of learning beyond the visit to the center.
Since the Norwegian King and Queen officially opened INSPIRIA Science Center in 2011, the center has been well received by national press and used vigorously by visiting schools and local children.
n 2014, we developed a media lab for INSPIRA in cooperation with selected media companies from the region. The media lab is integrated in the exhibition and the purpose with the lab is to understand medias role in society, press ethics and journalism. The visit to the media lab starts already before the classes visit the center with preparing articles in the class room. These articles are integrated in the social learning game.
Project: New headquarter
Client: Statnett, Oslo, Norway
Experience the electrifying future of Norway
Statnett is the leading energy company in Norway with more than 1000 employees operating about 11.000 km of high-voltage power lines and 150 stations across the country. For their new headquarters Expology was hired to create an exhibition communicating the unifying elements of the company identity to achieve a higher degree of team spirit.
The exhibition creates understanding about how an electric future requiring a robust and more flexible power system is for the greater good of the Norwegian society. Expology collaborated with digital communication agency Hyper and interior design architects iArk to create a holistic design experience.
Project: New headquarter
Client: Selvaag Bolig ASA
When Selvaag Bolig moved their Oslo office their sales office had the chance to be more publicly exposed. The ambition is to utilise the arena as an attractive and innovative space that people who seek new housing will want to visit.
Expology developed an interactive sales tool to help increase the sales activities and helped with the interior branding of the new facilities.
Exhibition: KS Visitor Center
Client: KS - The Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities
Do you know how a local government sector works and how it is to work with innovative solutions in a municipality?
At KS Visitor Center school classes are invited to play “The municipality game” (Kommunespillet). It is an interactive learning game where the students get the opportunity to be community planners for a day. The assignment is to develop retirement homes in a fictive municipality – Snasen. During a two and a half hour visit the students have to work with challenging exercises to find innovative solutions and evaluate economy, environmental issues and recruitment, before seeking support for their solution from the municipal council.
There is also an alternative offer to be executed in a school setting for classes which don't have the opportunity to visit the center.
Project: The Mission
Client: Tom Tits Experiment, Södertälje, Sweden
Tom Tits is one of Sweden’s leading science centres. While successful and popular, they are aware that digital technology is changing how their audience wants to interact with an exhibition.
In collaboration with some of the world’s foremost researchers on pervasive games, Annika Waern and Karl Bergström from Uppsala University, we’ve melded together physical interaction with digital technology to create a game experience within the exhibition. Participants take on the role of “science agents” and in each of the connected exhibits they gather various resources needed to build and launch a ship into the universe. The game runs on XMS, Expology’s unique system for setting up, running and maintaining all digital installations within a public setting.
Exhibition: At Sea
Client: Norwegian Maritime Museum, Oslo, Norway
Design: PML arkitektur AS and Lasse Altern
Unique objects from the museum collections carry fascinating and thrilling stories about life at sea. The exhibition takes the visitors on a historical journey, from the Viking era until today.
Expology was commissioned to project manage the third and last new exhibition that mark the celebration of the museums centennial in 2014. At Sea offers a powerful architectural design in combination with historical objects and modern art. Due to the unique objects the exhibition meets very high standards for climate control and security and we have worked actively not to let the functional aspects become visible in the design.
A tight collaboration with the museum and architects led to a successful opening in September 2014. The exhibition was inaugurated by Minister of Culture Thorhild Widvey.
Project: Flying High
Client: Naturum Getterön
Flying high – Getterön from a birds-eye perspective, is challenging the visitors to be curious and active. The experience is high, it is low, it is around the corner.
There is a lot to discover in Getterön’s nature reserve; springtime birdsong, migratory birds on their way or lumbering wintering birds. The exhibition is also created with focus on discovery. By using interactive storytelling we aim to inspire the visitors to go out into the nature. The Gadwills and the Peewits life stories are used to engage the visitor in the experience and to create a curiosity about the birds living in the reserve.
With the insights and knowledge you gain from the exhibition you will be able to see the birds’ world from a new perspective. Watching them through Naturum’s panorama windows, the hideouts in the reserve or when walking the trails, you can see the stories come to life.
The interior design is a stylized interpretation of the beautiful surroundings of Getterön. The carpet design is based on the landscape of Halland; it defines the shapes of the different exhibition areas and enhances the feeling that the exhibition elements are growing out of the carpet.
Be a rock star in the making or zebra on the escape. Imitations creates learning about the nature of mimicry and so far has spread enthusiasm in Belgium, the Netherlands and Norway.
Imitation is a 500m2 traveling exhibition consisting of thirty interactive exhibits tailor made for science centres. In a playful and educational way children and their parents can participate in a dancing class, perform as a rock star or try out the natural camouflage of wildlife living in a world where the strong or most cunning survives.
The exhibition is a collaboration between VilVite Science Center in Norway, Technopolis in Belgium, Museon from the Netherlands and Expology. It is the largest travelling exhibition VilVite Science Center in Bergen has hosted and attracted a record breaking number of visitors when hosted by Technopolis for a consecutive year.
How would you create appealing and credible news in a rapidly changing media landscape?
Journalism and its ethics is the topic of the second thematic social learning game, a field within which Expology has been a pioneer. In the Media Lab students take the roles as reporters, photographers and editors working on a story about an accident at sea involving a school-class in canoes. As a collective news cast they have to research for the story interviewing persons and solving challenges, they choose their news angle and publish stories in different news channels.
All in all a very realistic world of news for the schools to visit and study. Actually the Media lab is also used by the local university, The University of Southern Denmark, to teach students who study journalism.
The regional Danish media house Fyens Stiftstidende, opened their first Media Lab for school classes in 2005. 25.000 visitors later the Media Lab was updated in the autumn of 2012 to match new media like Facebook and Twitter and technology like smartphones and tablets. IPods guide the schoolchildren in the renewed game, and the effect has been an intensive two hours experience for the teacher and the class. The Media Lab is also used by the local university, The University of Southern Denmark, to teach students in journalism.
Year: 2005, 2012
Exhibition: Svanhovd Bear Centre
Client: Bioforsk, Passvik, Norway
Close to the Russian border in the far north east part of Norway, bears rule the wilderness under close observation by man. At the Bioforsk research site in Passvik, Expology developed and produced an exhibition communicating the scientific work taking place here, the life of bears and how they affect human culture.
In a combination of analog and digital installations, visitors can learn about how wild bears live and try to work with DNA analysis from samples of bear droppings and hair. The central piece in the exhibition is a ‘sleeping’ bear that you can scan to get information about the different parts and functions of its body.
Project: New information centre about the reindeer
Client: Norwegian Mountain Museum, Reinheimen and Breheimen, Norway
At the entry to two of Norways most exotic national parks Expology created an information centre with the objective of enhancing learning about the park nature and inspire visitors to explore it themselves. Through primarily analog installations visitors can learn about the park plants, wildlife and geology, and how to behave in nature. A key figure in the experience is the wild reindeer which is unique inhabitant of the two parks.
Öresundsklassrummet – Learning and Action for a Sustainable Öresund, is a project that builds transnational networks and offers sustainability education for municipalities and schools in the Öresund region.
Expology was commissioned to create a light, easy-to-handle and environmentally friendly travelling exhibition. The goal was to use it to inspire teachers and young people to participate in the project, to engage them in envisioning a new learning process for a sustainable society and to promote everyday integration in the Öresund region. The result is a 3D construction in Re-board, inspired by the creativity of the students working with the project. Innovative methods of learning and interaction are used, incorporating participation and communication as well as increased transparency inside and outside the classroom.
The project runs until December 2014.
Client: The project is a cooperation between the City of Malmö, the City of Lund, the City of Copenhagen, Lund University and Malmö University.
The name of Naturum Söderåsen’s new exhibition “Come in to find out” reveals one of the main goals of the exhibition – to inspire the visitors to go out and experience the national parks amazing nature.
Our challenge was to create an exhibition that did not compete with Söderåsen’s nature as a tourist destination, but instead increases the impact of it. The main target group is families with children.
Naturum Söderåsen has a unique quality – a magical view. The exhibition was made to emphasize this and give the visitors a clear view of the windows and the beautiful scenery. The topics Water, Biology, Geology and Culture served as inspiration for the interior design, each topic given a specific colour and character.
We want the visitors to move around just like they would do in the woods, challenging them to explore the exhibition. There is a lot to discover, learn and interact with if you just take the time to look up, look down or around the corner.
We also created a mobile application that serves as a roadmap and a guide out in the park. With it you can take pictures from your day out in the nature, add a comment and share them with others. They will then be displayed together with other visitors’ uploads on a digital notice board inside the exhibition.
Client: Söderåsen national park was established in 2001. It covers 1625 ha (approx. 4015 acres) and offers deep fissure valleys and talus slopes, ancient broad-leaved forests and an extraordinarily plant and animal life.
An interactive installation where visitors influence what is happening in Trollhättan City.
The mission was to create an exhibition for Trollhättan Energi on the theme of Environment and Energy, the message being about how the choices we make every day affect the environment. It was to be placed at Innovatum Science Center with the goal to create knowledge and understanding amongst children and young adolescents.
The installation is a large map of Trollhättan that with help from the visitors forms a living surface. In order to create curiosity and excitement around the installation there are several interactive stations that encourage involvement and commitment in a playful way.
Client: Trollhättan Energi is a company that supplies light and heat to their customers in and around Trollhättan city. They are also responsible for the municipal power grid, district heating network, water, sewage and the “city net” (a fibre optic network).
What is it like to live in one of the windiest regions of Scandinavia? Take a trip to the Guri Center to find out.
The exhibition “Encounters with the wind” at the Guri Center takes the visitor on a journey back in time. The goal was to create an experience of coastal culture, strength and pride, and the stories, design and materials in the exhibition are all inspired by the wind.
The project was executed in cooperation with Skirnir AS, and Expologys role was to bring the exhibition from the idea and concept stage to an up-and-running exhibition. The Guri Center's location, several ferry trips away from mainland and far from the nearest store, brought many challenges in the project. As well as challenging materials, like parts of real houses and antique objects.
Client: Smøla Municipality has some of the strongest winds in Scandinavia and the Guri Center is part of a national center for wind power.
The Norwegian Maritime Museum is in the middle of an extensive renovation program heading for the museum's 100th anniversary. The museum's vision is to be recognized as a national museum of experience and knowledge with a solid scientific and professional foundation.
Expology worked together with LPO architects to implement the new exhibition “The Ship - Innovation and variation”. The exhibition deals with the technological developments that has made it possible to use the sea as a resource, from the most primitive floating aids to today's high-tech ships.
An exciting part of the exhibition is a pool where visitors get the opportunity to participate in various educational programs. Remote controlled boats are used for educational exercises where visitors get to try different situations relating to maritime safety, navigation, etc.
The Norwegian Maritime Museum was founded in 1914. It is located on the Bygdøy peninsula on the western side of Oslo. Its exhibits on coastal culture and maritime history include boat models, fishing, marine archeology, marine paintings, ship building and shipping.
Visit an intelligent store, where customer and brand get connected.
For the hi-tech outdoor clothes giant Helly Hansen, Expology developed and interactive concept store in Oslo. Here the Helly Hansen brand experience is embraced and enhanced in an experience connecting customers with the brand. An interactive weather experience with dynamic global weather data communicates the status of Helly Hansen as the weather specialist.
The Oslo concept store was received by the visiting public with such enthusiasm that the Expology concept was also used in the Helly Hansen store in Manchester.
Reitangruppens’ values are literally written in stone. Expology brought these values to life and helped inspire to a higher sense of team culture. (30 words)
Reitangruppen is a primarily franchise based business, requiring a strong consciousness about fundamental Reitan values. Reitan wanted to promote a common “winner” culture and an aura of a traditional trading house in their headquarters.
Through seven interactive installations Expology created engaging experiences communicating the inner life, values and vision of the organisation. These shared guidelines has built a lively home for the whole Reitan family of employees and partners.
Through their unique tools, special expertise and innovative technologies, Expology have created a sensory identity for Reitangruppens’ trading house.
Solfrid Flateby, Director of Communications, Reitangruppen AS
Client: Reitangruppen is a Norwegian whole saler and retail franchiser. The company was founded by Odd Reitan in 1979 and is still owned by the Reitan family. Included in the portfolio is REMA 1000, 7-Eleven, Narvesen and Space World.
Explore natural science and bring home your findings for further fun and learning.
VilVite Science Center in Bergen is the first of its kind with a defined objective of sowing the seeds of scientific curiosity that will lead to more students within the subjects of natural science, engineering and technology. To achieve this objective Expology collaborated with the local design company FuggiBaggi to create a vivid and dynamic learning environment, that motivates an ongoing exploration. This is digitally realised through a technological platform enabling visitors to store all their experiences and bring them home for processing.
The 2700m2 consists of landmark exhibitions, permanent exhibits, a temporary exhibition area, a conference room, shop and café. With this mix of permanent and transitionary installations it was essential to establish a consistent communications and visual language to encourage visitors to move instinctively through different zones. Expology was an advisory partner from the initial strategic phase to the grand opening and also playing the part of exhibition producer, software supplier and project manager.
Master the traffic and help reduce the number of road accidents
As part of the national "Zero Vision" project with the vision of avoiding traffic kills and serious accidents on Norwegian roads, Expology developed an interactive exhibition about traffic safety. To make the topic relevant and appealing for youth and the broad public, the concept was built on an emotional approach. The concept didn't seek to be morally instructive but focus on mastery. Increased learning is related to an increased sense of mastery, which in turn leads to risky behaviour in traffic, especially among young people. A circle of shoes symbolizes the number of people who were killed on Norwegian roads last year communicating aspects of the lack of control for drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Visitors can also conduct interactive interviews with people who have been involved in serious traffic accidents.
Year: 2006 og 2010
Exhibition: The Development House
Client: The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), Oslo, Norway
Norad wanted to establish an arena where young people could meet, learn about and engage in the challenges and dilemmas linked to development issues. The goal was to contribute to greater knowledge and to increase reflection, debate and commitment to development cooperation.
Expology created a permanent exhibition with interactive installations, a space for temporary exhibitions and an experiential learning game where three groups together create a plan for how they will combat poverty and generate development in two fictitious countries. The visitors gain knowledge about why Norway is engaged in development cooperation, dilemmas within development cooperation and the relationship between aid and development. The main target group is youth in the age of 15-25, but the experiences within the centre have a broad appeal.
The Development House was closed down by Norad at the end of 2013. Part of the exhibition was moved to the Children (and Youth) Peace World in Moss at the end of 2014.
Be the judge and jury in the trial of the jealous boyfriend. How would you rule and what would your defence as the trailed be?
In conjunction with the Bar Association’s 100th anniversary, the Association wanted to raise awareness about the judicial system and the consequences of a criminal offence towards Norwegian secondary schools. Expology are pioneers within social learning games, creating the first digital role play game in a physical environment in 1992. Based on actual cases, Expology created “Right or wrong – Where is the limit?” for the Bar Association. The game is a educational tool for the class room, which set the stage of a trial. Pupils take on roles of actors in the trial, and an lawyer from the Association guides the pupils through the process. Pupils judge in each trial and thereby are encouraged to reflect and form their own opinion of what is right or wrong.
Expology designed and produced Tiet Ruijhaan - Roads to Ruija with focus on providing a story for a young audience, to tell the history of the minority group Kven, and through interactive exercises open up for discussions about identity and origin.
During the years of famine in the 1800s many families emigrated from Tornedalen and the Finnish Lapland to northern Norway. They dreamed of a new life in Ruija – the Finnish name for northern Norway. Through the exhibition the visitor follows Sofia and Matti, two twelve year olds, who are about to leave their homes and travel to Ruija, the promised land.
Roads to Ruija was produced as a traveling exhibition that tour through northern Finland, Sweden and Norway, between April 2011 and at least through 2014.
Client: The exhibition is a collaborative project between the Norrbotten Museum, Varanger Museum, Lapin Maakunta-museo, Nordstroms museum and Kvenskt institutt.
Following a declining voter turnout, the Danish Parliament wanted to increase knowledge of democratic processes and raise awareness of the individual’s role, rights and obligations. The aim was to encourage young people to become more involved in politics.
In collaboration with the Danish Parliament, Expology developed the world’s first Mini-Parliament through the establishment of a visitor centre in the cellar of the parliamentary palace of Christiansborg. With a strong visual concept using furniture from the real Parliament, the centre forms a realistic backdrop for an interactive learning game where pupils experience the life of a “Politician for one Day”. Up and running since 2004, the project is still immensely popular and fully booked for months in advance. While technology has been updated, a the concept and content prevails documenting its solidity.
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, organizes the World Urban Forum: an informal meeting place for actors working on urban issues. The objective is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities and adequate shelter for all.
In collaboration with The Norwegian State Housing Bank, Expology created the official Norwegian exhibition both in China (2008) and Brazil (2010). The sub themes for the exhibitions were: “Inclusion, Participation and Environment”. Dealing with Norwegian housing and building-construction politics, local democracy, as well as Norwegian development assistance policy related to human settlement issues, a special focus was given on Universal Design. Rated as highly informative, the environmental friendly qualities got much attention and were of great interest to local spectators, with all texts in both English and the local language.
Year: 2008, 2010
Step into the character of a journalist and learn about the methods and ethics of journalism
Mediarium is a tailor made version of the Expology MediaLab developed for the Danish daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten. It's a digitally controlled role-play game in a physical environment, where grammar schools can learn about journalistic methods and ethics, and get an understanding of the characteristics of different media channels. The Mediarium has been a popular learning and communications tool for Jyllands-Posten, who has two centres with the game, which has been fully booked by classes since their opening in 1998. Expology has developed and produced all content, physical installations and programming for the Mediarium.
“Trysil-Knut” is a ski museum and experience center in the Trysil region in Norway, an area well known for snowsports and being a popular ski resort. The client, Trysil kommune, worked with Expology to enhance the exhibit’s interactivity, overall design and production of multimedia solutions.
Transforming a space which formerly housed the Trysil hotel bar into an engaging and relevant exhibition that could attract visitors of all ages and represent the kommune’s ski history was the first challenge of the project. Expology overcame the challenges by incorporating interactive and cognitive experiences that involved users and allowed them to absorb and be inspired by stories of Trysil’s past, present and future ski heroes. The final exhibition added a destination to the region and has provided visitors with an attraction to engage and create new experiences beyond the slopes.
"Trysil municipality is very pleased with the work Expology AS has done for us. Expology have been providing design, exhibition design and production of media-based installations, and we have created perhaps the most modern museum with very positive feedback from audiences and contributors."
Roar Vingelsgaard, Project Manager of Culture, Trysil Municipality
The Coordination Reform implemented in the Norwegian health system created the need to communicate the challenges facing by the health and care services in Norway. Commissioned by The Norwegian Directorate of Health, Expology has since 2008 helped arrange the annual Health Conference. Aimed at leaders in the public sector, the Health Conference is a meeting place for information and debate.
Expology worked as consultants to pinpoint and communicate the essential message in the theme for the conference, designed the concept and the physical environment. At the conference, we provided methods and tools to facilitate networking, debates and interactive break out sessions. A key insight is that working in smaller groups has been useful in the setting of a large conference.
Year: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013