• mundaneum, paul otlet,

From ancient maps to big data

Mapping Knowledge|Exhibition design

After a complete renovation the Mundaneum in Mons kicked off with the exhibition 'Mapping Knowledge, Understanding the world through data'. We designed labels, wall texts and a general visual to guide visitors through this exciting story. The biggest challenge was to design ‘a timeline of knowledge’ to empower the idea that the amount of information we generate and archive is exponentially increasing. The timeline highlights the most important knowledge breakthroughs and technological inventions which led to other important insights. The notable length of the timeline –twelve  meters!– was aligned with the original wooden drawers containing the more than twelve millions ‘index cards’ that lie at the heart of the Mundaneum, a global information centre set up by Paul Otlet and Henri Lafontaine in 1910.