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Projection test for the Names memorial, the room is still empty now. Our Colonial Inheritance

24.05.2022 at 15:17 by Wendy Snoek

Growing steel structures. Growth, what is that?

05.04.2022 at 14:00 by Lucandrea Baraldi


The ideal spot for the Herron. The Voice of Urban Nature

21.03.2022 at 10:33 by Herman Kossmann


Artist Celia Smith installing here birds warm sculpture. Groote Museum

23.02.2022 at 17:02 by Michel de Vaan

Slowly towards the opening on the 8th of February! Our Land

01.02.2022 at 17:34 by Remco Swart

Together with photographer Sander van den Bosch, we are measuring and photographing all floors of the palace. Visitors will soon be walking on 'invisible' carpets, in order to experience the original atmosphere of the rooms as fully as possible. Paleis Het Loo

26.01.2022 at 12:54 by Robin Schijfs


Carefully lifting a python snake skeleton. Groote Museum

24.01.2022 at 14:13 by Michel de Vaan

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 Museum Sophiahof. In progress…

02.12.2021 at 17:28 by Remco Swart


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


Cleaning out tree routs before they will be lifted to the ceiling Groote Museum

25.09.2021 at 12:29 by Michel de Vaan

Milling earth elevation minus water from a special foam. Here we show how little drinking water there actually is on earth. Groote Museum

30.06.2021 at 12:04 by Michel de Vaan


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

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
2,000 m2
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
Construction, hardware
Bruns BV, Atatech, Atelier Lorraine, Aerocom GmbH
Media design
IJsfontein, Furbo, Cup
Light design
Mati AG
Audio production
Franz Szekeres
VIA Projekte, Ton und Bild
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