Safety vs. functionality: looking for the best headphones to use in a factory Expedition HVC

07.01.2021 at 17:39 by Roel Bolhuis


The new temporary exhibition in House of European History is 'under construction' Fake for Real

07.01.2021 at 17:32 by Tsur Reshef


The last steps before the Coronel Pavilion at the Portuguese-Israeli Cemetery Beth Haim is opened! Coronel pavilion

29.11.2020 at 14:30 by Remco Swart


All in good hands with Fiction Factory Museum of the Mind

07.11.2020 at 17:32 by Femke Bijlsma


"Who Cares?" The first model for a personal story in the upcoming exhibition on the Mind Museum of the Mind

20.08.2020 at 11:45 by Robert van der Linde

Visiting Paleis Het Loo together with Ina, to get an impression of the new exhibition spaces that are currently under construction. Het Loo palace

22.06.2020 at 14:08 by Robin Schijfs


Last trip before Corona Lockdown: Usomo from Berlin calibrating their audio tracking system in the Polder of Texel next to the bunker. Torn Island

22.06.2020 at 10:32 by Michel de Vaan

How to become invisible? Prototyping together with WeTheCurious at Bruns Project What If

17.03.2020 at 15:33 by Ina Meininghaus


Prototyping a rainbow crystal sphere for one of the new exhibit constellations at WeTheCurious. Project What If

12.03.2020 at 09:51 by Ina Meininghaus


Workshop at IJsfontein together with the Museum of the Mind - Work in Progress Museum of the Mind

06.02.2020 at 12:26 by Julia Meyerrose


Typo test for Museum of the Mind Museum of the Mind

23.01.2020 at 09:19 by Sietske Sips


Julia sketching for the new permanent exhibition at the Museum of the Mind Museum of the Mind

22.12.2019 at 15:43 by Lieke Ketelaars


Walk-in interactive sound space demonstration by Usomo in our office in Amsterdam... Torn Island

16.12.2019 at 15:10 by Mark de Jong


David Vroom is taking new portrait images for our new website... In progress…

10.12.2019 at 15:10 by Lieke Ketelaars


This is the Introduction pavilion for the Beth Haim cemetery in TAPE Coronel pavilion

10.12.2019 at 10:05 by Herman Kossmann


Doing some research for a new project ;-) In progress…

19.09.2019 at 09:50 by Maaike Sips


Plastic Fantastic: the collection is being installed for the new exhibitions at Naturalis Life

16.08.2019 at 10:29 by Remco Swart


Alejandra trying out the seasonal viewers in The Story of Gardening Museum! The Story of Gardening

10.07.2019 at 11:22 by Elise van Wolfswinkel

On view

in Touch

Museum für Kommunikation

Museum für Kommunikation, Bern (CH)

The new permanent exhibition we designed for the Museum für Kommunikation in Bern plunges you into the fascinating, complex world of communication. Interactive installations, surprising collection pieces, large video projections, and museum staff as ‘communicators’ challenge you to think about what communication is. You become aware of your own communication, the influence of big data, and the effects of the communication revolution we are in the midst of.

Bern (CH)
Museum für Kommunikation
Concept, Spatial design, Graphic design, Art direction
Michel de Vaan (lead), Mark de Jong, Pauline Fer, Robin Schijfs, Serena Bigatti, Sietske Sips, Wendy Soek, Nienke van de Berg
Engineering, build and hardware
Bruns BV, Atatech, Atelier Lorraine, Aerocom GmbH
Media design
IJsfontein, Furbo, Cup
Light design
Mati AG
VIA Projekte, Ton und Bild
Franz Szekeres Text / Stimme / Multimedia
Human contact as a starting point

For this assignment, the museum organized a pitch with the question: What is communication? We made videos with an actor who spontaneously enters into conversations with museum visitors, requiring them to communicate verbally or physically. This idea developed into the presence of real ‘communicators’ in the exhibition. They form the essence of the experience. They engage into conversation with you in all kinds of ways and at different moments. Not communicating is not an option in this museum. And that’s a good thing.

The whole museum is an exhibition

Initially, the assignment was to design an exhibition for part of the existing building. Instead, together with the client and architect, we made an exhibition for the whole building. We even involved the exterior.

Looking ahead

The new permanent set-up will remain in place for 15 years. That’s incredibly long for an evolving subject like communication. This naturally has an impact on the exhibition design. All the interactive elements are based on content that is timeless. The spatial design is modest and gives the museum the flexibility to make adjustments in the future.

Maximizing interaction between and with visitors

This is the starting point for every part of the exhibition. In the form, materialization, and type of storytelling, we have done everything possible to bring visitors close to the subject. You are addressed personally everywhere and you sometimes need each other to move forward in the exhibition. For example, at the beginning of the exhibition you take a picture of yourself on the red carpet. Only much later will you find yourself among photos of all the other visitors. So, it’s all about you, but you are not alone.


Council of Europe Museum Prize 2019


Children in Museums Award 2018