When one thinks of the novel “The Trial” by Frank Kafka, gloominess and pessimism quickly come to mind. But a look into Kafka’s wonderfully handwritten notebooks shows there is also another side to this writer: an ironic, absurd, humorous and light side full of wisdom. The exhibition focussed on this in a colorfully ‘kafkaesque’ way – with a mix of typographic installations, objects, prints, posters, textiles, books. At the same time, the show told the “Real Travels of Mister K” – a journey in which Kafka’s handwriting moves through time, space, and different physical and energetic states to finally arrive as the digitized script typeface FF Mister K … ready to tell new stories.
Organizer of the exhibition was Rob Keller at the Mota Italic gallery, for many years one of the pearls and favorite meeting points of the Berlin type scene. The exhibition was accompanied by the release of the booklet Too Long to Tweet, a collection of Berlin related texts by Franz Kafka and by contemporary story tellers – set in the typeface Mister K.