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THE ASSEMBLED HUMAN
DER MONTIERTE MENSCH

Accom­pan­ing cata­logue for the exhib­i­tion at Museum Folk­wang, Essen

With The Assembled Human the Museum Folk­wang inquires into the ambi­val­ent rela­tion­ship between humans and machines. It’s a con­flic­ted rela­tion­ship, fluc­tu­at­ing between uto­pia and night­mare, and it still influ­ences our present time. From the con­vey­or belt to cyber­net­ics to today’s digit­al revolu­tion, the show traces the trans­form­a­tion of tech­no­logy, present­ing a wide pan­or­ama of artist­ic visu­al worlds: human beings as hybrid creatures, blen­ded with the machines and tech­no­logy  they have made. Fea­tur­ing a num­ber of essays, this extens­ive cata­logue goes in-depth into this highly cur­rent issue. along­side its uto­pi­as and ideas for col­lect­ive, inter­dis­cip­lin­ary design.
Text by Sabine Breit­wieser, Mar­en Butte, Nad­ine Engel, Anna Fricke, Antje Krause-Wahl, Olaf Möller, Bernd Stie­g­ler, Lena Trüper, Nisaar Ulama

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The Typo­graphy
Match­ing the top­ic of the exhib­i­tion and cata­logue, all the texts are set in IBM Plex.
> IBM Plex is an open source typeface super­fam­ily con­cep­tu­ally designed and developed by Mike Abbink at IBM in col­lab­or­a­tion with Bold Monday to reflect the brand spir­it, beliefs and design prin­ciples of IBM and to be used for all brand exper­i­ences across the com­pany inter­na­tion­ally. Plex will replace Hel­vetica as the IBM cor­por­ate typeface after more than fifty years, free­ing the com­pany from extens­ive license pay­ments in the pro­cess.
The used font for head­lines, quotes (Slant and Back­slant), page and cap­tion num­bers is (some­times manupu­lated) the con­struc­tuv­ism inspired typeface Nielot by Laïc: Type Foundry.

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I am great­ful for the inspir­ing col­lab­or­a­tion with Anna Fricke and Ant­o­nia Kret­zdorn from Museum Folk­wang.
A BIG THANK YOU to the fant­ast­ic team of Ker­ber Ver­lag, and the lect­ors Dawn Michelle Datri and Ilka Back­meister-Col­lacott.

Ker­ber Ver­lag
2019
21 × 27,5 cm
384 Pages
334 colored illus­tra­tions
Hard­cov­er
Lan­guages: Ger­man, Eng­lish
ISBN 978–3‑7356–0637‑2