We often take for granted the technology that helps us interact with computer databases, cash machines and thousands of other electronic systems. You have to remember that each system we use was designed. The screen graphics, buttons we touch and audio we hear is all planned out by designers. The Talk to Me exhibit at MoMA is showing 194 installations (see them now: click here). Some pieces stand as they were created and used in our current world. Other works are mashups or futuristic dream devices. Coinciding with the exhibit are scheduled talks, tours and family workshops. I know I am definitely going to check it out.
“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. 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.” – moma.org
For more info: moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/1080
photo credit: mattrichardson