Fathers of the Internet

@ Constant Variable

rue Gallaitstraat 80, 1030 Brussel / Bruxelles


In 2013, Belgium universalist, pacifist and feminist Paul Otlet was recognized as ’a founding father of the Internet’. Simultaneously, Google adopted the remains of Otlet’s archive at the Mundaneum in Mons, not only home town of prime minister Elio Di Rupo but also conveniently located next to their large datacenter in St. Ghislain. Since than, the Mundaneum proudly advertises itself as Google on paper and The great ancestor of Google. We think it is time to tell some other stories.

Research presentations and discussion as part of an ongoing exploration of the entanglements of artificial intelligence, patronage and government.

With contributions by a.o Dick Reckard, Natacha Roussel, Marcell Mars and Femke Snelting.



Mondotheque is a platform for experiments with the legacy of the universalist and documentalist Paul Otlet : drawings, images, systems, ideas. The project is named after La Mondothèque, Otlet’s 1934 design for an imaginary device, a research machine that could be at the same time archive, (...)