Spiders: unravelling the web

Temporary and traveling exhibition

2008 - 2012

Clients : Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle and Espace des Sciences

5 October 2011 - 2 July 2012

Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris, France

1 200 m2

Design : Je formule

Our contribution: Project management, script writing, scenography, oversight through completion

22 September 2008 - 11 March 2009

Espace des sciences, Rennes, France

350 m2 - 35 000 visitors

Design : Juliette Dupuy

Our contribution: Project management, storyline, oversight through completion and installation.

A singular theme

Feared and despised, spiders feed our phobias. Yet they are among the most amazing of all the living creatures. This exhibition allows us to discover some of the most surprising aspects of these tiny animals, to get to know them and just perhaps… to like them!

The scenography is based on certain principles: the displays are varied to keep visitor interest alert and every piece of information requires the visitor to work for it in some way, with the emphasis on learning through interactive experience as opposed to a mountain of information to be retained.

A flexible, multi-faceted exhibition

After travelling for three years, this exhibition has come to the Grande galerie de l’évolution at the Paris natural history museum. The exhibition has been expanded to include new themes based on our experience with the earlier shows.

Spider Horror Picture Show is a maze of translucent screens where visitors get a glimpse of the spiders of fiction films which help to explain some of our unfounded fears. For in real life, there’s simply no such thing as giant spiders, spiders that run in packs or spiders that lay eggs under our skin!

A pictures gallery presents large-scale photos of spiders of various shapes and surprising colours, art-worthy subjects if ever there were!

The Alive area presents six live species, including some exotics and others that can be found in our own backyards.

The last part of the exhibition focuses on exploring spider-related work and research: how they are captured in the field, how they are then identified and what we can learn from them.

The exhibition also develops a creative approach to spiders through various artworks, and a narrative approach thanks to full-time educators and the talents of a regularly scheduled story-teller.

PARIS 2011


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