Around The World In 80 Things


“The world has grown smaller, be­cause we can travel around it 10 times faster to­day than we could 100 years ago,” wrote Jules Verne in his 1872 best­seller Around the World in 80 Days. In the late 19th cen­tury, this was a broadly ac­cepted view of the world. In his time, rail­ways, steam en­gines, de­liv­ery mail, and tele­graphs seemed to have rapidly shrunk the world, and this “Vic­to­rian In­ter­net” laid the foun­da­tions for our World Wide Web to­day. The ex­hi­bi­tion Around the World in 80 Things - The Jules Verne Code, on at the Mu­seum for Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Berlin un­til 22 Fe­bru­ary 2015, traces this trans­for­ma­tion of the world. Us­ing Verne’s novel as a guide through the mu­seum col­lec­tion, the ex­hi­bi­tion takes us back in time to 1872. From London via Paris, Bom­bay and Yokohama, through the USA and back, vis­i­tors follow the foot­steps of fic­tional hero Phileas Fogg and dis­cover ob­jects like a post­card that has trav­eled around the world in 120 days, a walk­ing stick with an in­te­grated com­pass, or a piece of sub­ma­rine cable that con­nected Europe with Amer­ica over a length of 3000 kilo­me­ters. Mu­seum für Kom­mu­nika­tion Berlin, Leipziger Straße 16, T: 030 202940

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