FF Mark In-Use: Appetite for Radical Change. Katowice 1865–2015.

June 19th, 2015

In producing the Appetite for Radical Change exhibition, Medialab Katowice incorporated Hannes von Döhren, Christoph Koeberlin and the Type Department’s FF Mark into a work of stunning restraint. The project began as a series of lectures on the historical development of Katowice, Poland, a city known for its ability to—and even inclination toward—adaptation and change. Formally, the work is presented with iconic clarity. FF Mark’s geometric qualities are a good unifier in this regard, while its more human facets serve to invite participation by onlookers. From its companion site: “The exposition is devoid of the traditional historical narrative, which usually puts the focus on important historical figures, political events or wars. Instead, it uses diagrams, maps and data visualisations to illustrate the rapid transformations of Katowice. The city’s architecture plays an important role, showing the momentum and optimism of its creators, regardless of the period and political context.”

In keeping with the open culture that undertook the project, its creators make available many of the assets produced as part of the work, including an OpenType file containing monochromatic depictions of many of the city’s architectural landmarks.

Medialab Katowice is a collaborative environment for developing and executing culturally significant projects that make use of emerging technologies. The purpose for such collaborations are both social and educational, giving all who participate the chance to learn, mix, and refine their skills. 

 

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An interactive map that allows its participants to see patterns in the city’s growth over time http://katowickiebudynki.eu

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Photography by Medialab Katowice