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After all those days at home behind a screen, it is very nice to finally do some hands-on experimenting with projections and different layers of transparent fabrics... Nature

07.12.2021 at 17:33 by Pauline Fer


Work in progress for a children's tour Work in Progress

25.11.2021 at 09:35 by Annika Jacobs


Barefoot in an exhibition? Together with the Stapferhaus, we are looking at what this means for the perception of the visitors... Nature

24.11.2021 at 18:23 by Robin Schijfs

With a few kickoff days (and nights) in the mountains of Switzerland, we have firmly started the draft design for the new Nature exhibition at the Stapferhaus! Nature

30.09.2021 at 11:09 by Robin Schijfs


Super exiting moment discovering the panels of the « 4 visions on the Anthropocene » box we made for the Vienna Biennal 2021! Work in Progress

12.05.2021 at 12:00 by Lea Chenot


A big empty space, right before installing all exhibits at WeTheCurious! Project What If

01.02.2021 at 12:19 by Ina Meininghaus


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 (f)or 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


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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


Very slowly, the new 'inside' of the east wing of Het Loo Palace is becoming visible. Het Loo palace

22.06.2020 at 14:06 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


Brainstorm sessions United Arab Emirates Pavilion

10.02.2020 at 14:58 by Alejandra Calderon


Imagining a new interactive in Al Ain Oasis! House of Artisans

10.02.2020 at 14:46 by Alejandra Calderon

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