Mondotheque::a radiating book



Mondotheque::a radiating book

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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 center, conference venue and educational display. “The Mundaneum is an Idea, an Institution, a Method, a Body of workmaterials and collections, a Building, a Network.” (Paul Otlet, Monde)
In 2013 a band of artists, archivists and activists set out to unravel the many implications of a statement that routinely compared the Mundaneum to “Google on paper”. Under the moniker Mondotheque they organised discussions, reflections and workshops in various locations. A Semantic MediaWiki functioned as a platform for writing, editing and bookdesign.
The publication of Mondotheque::a radiating book creates a moment, an incision into this collaborative process. It is an invitation into the entanglements of knowledge infrastructures, geo-politics and local histories.

With contributions by: Nicolas Malevé, Michael Murtaugh, Dick Reckard, Natacha Roussel, Alexia de Visscher, Sînziana Păltineanu, Femke Snelting, Robert M. Ochshorn, Dusan Barok, Marcell Mars and many others.
With the support of: Vlaamse GemeenschapsCommissie