I’ve just finished to read Siegfried Zielinski’s “Deep Time of the Media“. It is an inspiring book. You’ll wish you were an inventor or a scientist after you read it, not an artist or blogger. In the end of the book the author gives you hope, because in his eyes media artists are very similar to medieval scientists. Zielinski is a master of metaphors. In the nearest future I’d like to elaborate more on his vision of media artists as alchemists, and to debunk an anthropomorphic metaphor on page 73.
But for now I scanned an illustration from page 252: a not very known work of Fritz Kahn (1888-1968), one of the principal creators of the 20th century conceptual medical illustration. You probably know his Man as Industrial Palace visualisation of 1926.
Kahn’s comparative analysis of ear and car results in a very powerful graphic. When you look at it you understand what a significance the automobile had a century ago. What a power. What a temptation to see it in everything. “AUTO und OHR” is a masterpiece of infographics: clear, imaginative and deceitful. While I was contemplating about it, a former student of mine sent me a picture of a computer case he just seen at CEBIT.
What an awakening.