Knowledge in Images – Information Design Today
Museum für Gestaltung, Toni-Areal Zürich
–8 March 2020
With Kung Fu, design and robot lizards on the cover of Nature – the Museum für Gestaltung Zurich makes a number of links in its exhibition entitled “Knowledge in Pictures”, which reveals many aspects of current information design. Sarah Kenderdine and Jeffrey Shaw use motion capturing to explore the kung fu tradition of Chinese Hakka culture and make it tangible in an interactive installation. Researchers from HU Berlin have digitised the fossils of a primeval lizard to reproduce its gait on a 3D-printed robot. The requirement in information design is to convey complex facts as clearly as possible, whether it involves the route plan for a circular railway project through the Parisian suburbs (designed as a perfect circle by Integral Ruedi Baur contrary to all geographical conditions), or visually communicating the consequences of climate change for the glaciers by means of virtual reality. Since the objectivity of such design holds an equally great potential for manipulation, it demands its own ethics. The exhibition on Kai Krause’s work “The True Size of Africa”, in which the designer adjusts the distorted representation of the differences in size of continents on the world map, addresses this point.