The human factory

April 20, 2011 § 1 Comment

We often consider our self as part of a mechanical work. That times has changed and we are nothing but a machine which work all the time to fulfill its ever emerging needs. But the idea of the human being as a machine was first conceived or at least illustrated by German physician, artist and writer Fritz Kahn in 1926. Fritz Kahn created Der Mensch als Industriepalast (Man as Industrial Palace), a poster of the human body, which depicts the body’s complex functions, such as respiration, circulation, digestion as parts of a wider mechanical process. He ‘compartmentalized’ the body, creating different rooms, where workers carefully carried out the different works of our body.

Man As Industrial Palace

Henning Lenderer, a German visual communication and animation student, has created an amazing and high detailed animation of Kahn’s poster, managing to eloquently explain the separate functions of a body, in the following video and an interactive installation for the audience to explore the different cycles of this human machinery.

via Visual News

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