The port of Rio de Janeiro has a rich past and full of stories that go beyond what is in the school books. This is the focus of the first application of the Public Agency for Mobile Devices, the Museum of Yesterday.
The application is yet another launch of LABs – Laboratories of Innovation in Journalism, held at the Public House in Rio de Janeiro. He mixes journalism, art, technology and a dash of “Pokemon Go” to bring the public a new insight into the area where Porto Maravilha, one of the symbols of the Olympics in Rio, was installed.
With the app, you can be the investigator of this secret past, from the arrival of Dom João VI to the recent corruption scandals of Lava Jato. Surely, no one is going to see Porto Maravilha in the same way!
It was here that the Portuguese royal family landed in 1808; that Princess Isabel signed the Golden Law in 1888, ending slavery; and where the Republic was proclaimed in 1889. But it was also there that the largest slave port of the Americas operated, which received more than 700,000 enslaved Negroes, and where President João Goulart made the Central rally, used as an excuse for the coup military service of 1964.
These and other facts can be discovered by exploring the harbor on foot with the app, guided by the current map and also by a map from 1830. But watch out! To live the experience of the Museum in Yesterday you must be in the port area of Rio.
Unlike other apps, Yesterday’s Museum does not allow you to zoom in, zoom out, or move the map. The app shows only what is really close to you. To find out the secrets of the port, you should go to the nearest location marked on the map. The more you walk, the more parts of the map will be conquered. The application was created by the journalists of the agency in partnership with Dutch developer Babak Fakhamzadeh and features illustrations by artist Juliana Russo and narrations by singer Anelis Assumpção.
For those who are not in Rio de Janeiro, the app lets you do a “virtual tour”. In the side menu, the user can click on “Virtual Tour”, and then you can walk where you are. Every 50 meters walking, the user can access a new story. The user can select from three tours: Tour of Terror, Tour of Samba and Tour of Corruption.
➤ Encontre segredos como
◆ O primeiro e ainda esquecido porto de escravos do Rio de Janeiro
◆ A propina de Eduardo Cunha
◆ O golpe de falsificar cavalos de raça usado por dom Pedro I
◆ O estudante assassinado pela ditadura que foi levado em cortejo pelo centro do Rio
◆ As vigas de aço que sumiram na demolição da Perimetral
◆ O centro de tortura da ditadura que ainda hoje funciona como sede da polícia