116 // MDA3 & MSN1 / An unexpected happening

Last week I received a quite surprising mail by a german designer, Thilo von Debschitz. He wrote to me because he found my MA blog about the Industrial Palace Project while searching the internet.

Thilo was rather interested in my work as he is writing a book about Fritz Kahn, his life and of course his amazing work. Together with his sister they did a lot of research so far, scanned and digitalized loads of images and well, they want to publish the book this year during the big book fair in Frankfurt that takes place in October.
As there will also be a chapter about interdependency and reciprocation, Thilo asked me if I would be interested in participating with my digital Industrial Palace. And of course I am, that sounds great! I already talked to him and we started to swap ideas on how to get in contact. Great!

In addition to that, they also want to set up an exhibition at the beginning of next year… with a digital application of Kahn’s machine of course. Wow, I just didn’t expected something like that. And it is great to meet someone who is as fascinated as me by Kahn’s artwork.

I am all excited about this opportunity and its further development…

About the book:
Dr. Fritz Kahn (1888–1968), successfully explained complex natural and technical principles with original visual and textual analogies. Equally fascinated by both nature and technology, he described humans as the “highest performance machine in the world.” The illustrations he had made are examples of pioneering information design. They are unmistakable and their contents are still relevant today.
Kahn grew up in Halle (Germany), New York (USA) and Berlin and studied natural sciences before graduating as a doctor. The “Das Leben des Menschen” (The Life of Man) book series made him a bestselling author around the world. Persecuted by the Nazis, the Jewish intellectual emigrated to the USA with the help of Albert Einstein, where he successfully published work on human sexuality. He spent the last years of his life in Switzerland and Denmark.
Fritz Kahn Man Machine – Maschine Mensch gives the reader the first in-depth insight into the life and work of this all-round German-American writer and researcher.

~ by Henning M. Lederer on June 8, 2009.

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