Mondotheque is a platform for experiments with the legacy of the universalist and documentalist Paul Otlet: drawings, images, systems, ideas.

The project is named after La Mondothèque, Otlet’s 1934 design for an imaginary device, a research machine that could be at the same time archive, instrument, desk, catalog and broadcasting station.

Mondothèque is inspired by the obstinate spirit of Paul Otlet, and wants to look at the way knowledge is managed and distributed today in a way that allows us to invent other futures and different narrations of the past.

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Mondotheque::a radiated booklaunch

In 1919 the Mundaneum occupied half of the majestic Cinquantenaire building in Brussels. The ambitious project was imagined by Paul Otlet and Henri Lafontaine as a mix between documentation (...)

Workshop: Le livre sur le livre

In 1934, Paul Otlet published the Treaty of documentation - The book on the book, in which he envisaged the organization of the intellectual work of documentation, and the future of books. More (...)

Ideographies of knowledge

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Mondothèque at Otlet Salons

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Mondotheque: Manual for a Diffraction Machine

(Presentation in the context of the Public Library Festival) “Humanity is at a turning point in its history. The mass of available information is formidable. New instruments are necessary for (...)

We don’t live in this kind of world

For the seminar Public Library. Über Infrastrukturen der Wissensbildung (Public Library. About infrastructures of knowledge formation), Femke prepares a new episode of Fathers of the Internet, (...)

Fathers of the Internet

In 2013, Belgium universalist, pacifist and feminist Paul Otlet was recognized as ’a founding father of the Internet’. Simultaneously, Google adopted the remains of Otlet’s archive at the Mundaneum (...)