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Talk to Me: Design and the Communication Between People and Objects @ MoMA

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011
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This has been a long-awaited show at the Museum of Modern Art, Talk to Me: Design and the Communication Between People and Objects. Talk to Me explores the communication between people and things, focusing on objects that involve a direct interaction, such as interfaces, information systems, visualization design, and communication devices, and on projects that establish an emotional, sensual, or intellectual connection with their users.

We have long been interested in what this exhibition had to offer since seeing some early press releases on the subject, and it feels like a very contemporary look at art and how art can be situated in a world of hyper-technology and communication with objects and information systems. The exhibition is vast, with an incredible micro-site that we have spent all morning researching. The exhibit was organized by the MoMA's Design department's Senior Curator, Paola Antonelli, and curatorial assistant Kate Carmody.

A more concise explanation of the exhibit reads, "Talk to Me explores the communication between people and things. All objects contain information that goes well beyond their immediate use or appearance. In some cases, objects like cell phones and computers exist to provide us with access to complex systems and networks, behaving as gateways and interpreters. Whether openly and actively, or in subtle, subliminal ways, things talk to us, and designers help us develop and improvise the dialogue.

The exhibition focuses on objects that involve a direct interaction, such as interfaces, information systems, visualization design, and communication devices, and on projects that establish an emotional, sensual, or intellectual connection with their users. Examples range from a few iconic products of the late 1960s to several projects currently in development—including computer and machine interfaces, websites, video games, devices and tools, furniture and physical products, and extending to installations and whole environments."

Things that have stood out in the exhibit so far have been the rubix cube for the blind (by Konstantin Datz), and the Botanicalls' piece below (a system that allows thirsty plants to reach out for human help, with moisture sensors allow the plant to trigger and send messages such as 'water me please' to its human caretaker over a wireless network). Brilliant work. (Thank you to Design Boom for the info on Botanicalls.)


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Talk to Me: Design and the Communication between People and Objects

Through November 7, 2011
Museum of Modern Art

New York, New York

 

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