Femke Snelting is invited to share her research with Milieu participants.
She will give a presentation followed by a discussion
Fathers of the Internet
Throughout World War I and II, Belgium internationalist, universalist and documentalist Paul Otlet imagined The Mundaneum: a city that would bring together all knowledge of the world in one flexible relational classification system. His work was largely forgotten until recently, when Otlet resurfaced as ’a founding father of the Internet’. Simultaneously, corporate titan Google adopted the remains of his archive preserved at The Mundaneum in Mons. The museum is not only located in the home town of prime minister Elio Di Rupo, but also conveniently close to Google’s largest European datacenter in St. Ghislain. Since than, The Mundaneum proudly advertises itself as ‘Google on paper’ and ‘The great ancestor of Google’.
‘Fathers of the Internet’ is an ongoing exploration of a wandering archive and the entanglements of artificial intelligence, patronage and political intrigue.