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27 NOVEMBER 2009

In 70 years humans eat 1,400 times their weight

An "illustration from Fritz Kahn's encyclopediatic series of books 'Das Leben des Menschen; eine volkstümliche Anatomie, Biologie, Physiologie und Entwick–lungs–geschichte des Menschen' (The Life of Humans: A Popular Anatomy, Biology, Physiology and a History of the Development of Humans) titled 'In 70 Years the Man Eats 1,400 Times its Weight' which purports to show the amount of food the average man eats in 70 years as train cars full of food."

(Frank Sayre, toomanyinterests)

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1926 • 70 • anatomybiologyconsumption • Das Leben des Menschen • datadesigndiagrameatingencyclopaediafoodFritz Kahnhumanillustrationinformation graphicsphysiologysciencesustainabilitytrainvisual communicationvisual depictionvisual designvisualisation

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Simon Perkins
01 NOVEMBER 2009

The Man as Industrial Palace: Animated

"The visual crossover between industrialization and science in Fritz Kahn's artwork demonstrates surprisingly accurately how human nature became culturally encoded by placing the knowledge in an industrial modernity of machine analogues. He produced lots of illustrations that drew a direct functional analogy between human physiology and the operation of contemporary technologies. Therefore, by illustrating the body as a factory, Kahn was able to relate the body's complex organic interior to the industrialized space so common in society during that period of time (the poster was created in 1926).

From the moment on that Henning Lederer got to know Kahn's poster 'Man as Industrial Palace' in 2006, he had the idea to animate this complex and strange way of explaining the functions of a body. He wanted to continue Fritz Kahn's act of replacing a biological with a technological structure by transferring this depiction with the help of motion graphics and animation."

(Henning M. Lederer)

Concept & Animation: Henning M. Lederer; Sound–Design: David Indge

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192620092Danimation • blood circulation • bodychartdatadesigndiagram • digestive circuit • factoryFritz KahnGermanyhumanhuman anatomy • industrial palace • information aestheticsinformation designinformation graphicsinstructional designmachine • Man as Industrial Palace • man machine • metabolism • motion designnotation • respiration • UKvisual communicationvisual depictionvisual designvisualisation

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Simon Perkins
04 JULY 2009

Communicating the Modern Body: Fritz Kahn's Popular Images of Human Physiology as an Industrialized World

"The visualization of the human body has always been a highly popular affair, and popular science writing has been particularly perceptive as to how new media has revolutionized science. This article analyzes the intertwining of science, culture, and technology by investigating the lavishly illustrated publications of Fritz Kahn, arguably one of the most successful popular science writers internationally between 1920 and 1960. His illustrations developed a specific style of visualization that positioned the human body firmly in an industrial modernity of machine analogues, which he eventually copyrighted as a product line. This visual crossover between industrialization and science demonstrates surprisingly accurately how human nature becomes historically contingent and culturally encoded."
(Cornelius Borck, Canadian Journal of Communication. Vol 32, No 3. 2007)

2). Cornelius Borck (2007). "Communicating the Modern Body: Fritz Kahn's Popular Images of Human Physiology as an Industrialized World", Vol 32, No. 3, Canadian Journal of Communication.

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Simon Perkins
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