Gallery: VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews MoMA Curator Paola Antonelli About...

With the popularity of the internet in mind, one topic addressed with Talk to Me is human interaction with objects, in place of people. Design Incubation Center’s Roly Poly eggs come in a set of pairs. Each egg can be placed in different locations. When a person at one location taps their egg, the second egg mimics the movement created. Thus, two people, although separated, can sense each other, through the responsive movement of an object.

Paola Antonelli: All in all, I think that what we’re seeing today is designers becoming much more economical and sustainable - also about their own careers. It’s not possible anymore to build objects that people will throw away in just a short amount of time, because people think that one of the possible ways to be sustainable is to have a washing machine that lasts 15 years instead of three. So that’s one way to go. What happens there is that it means fewer appliances and fewer design opportunities for traditional forms of design.

The Museum of Modern Art’s latest Talk to Me exhibition puts technology in the hot seat. The exhibition, put together by MoMA design curator Paola Antonelli, showcases cutting edge ‘interaction design’ with its diverse collection of machine-user interfaces, software and gadgets. The featured pieces range far and wide, from self-service JetBlue ticket kiosks to iPad app virtual cartoon characters to an adorable real-life cardboard robot. Antonelli joined MoMA’s staff as the Senior Curator in the Architecture and Design Department in 1994, curating a number of the museum’s groundbreaking exhibitions in furniture and design. Her method of treating design as art was the subject of her 2007 TED Talk, and we were recently given an extra dose of her insight as Antonelli treated us to a personal tour of Talk to Me. Watch the video above as Antonelli and our Editor-in-Chief, Jill Fehrenbacher, walk through the exhibit, discussing the role of technology in our day-to-day lives and its impact on social interaction and human society.

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  1. Diane Pham September 2, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Great interview. Love Paolo Antonelli – such an inspiration to creatives!

  2. Jill Fehrenbacher September 1, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Hey Dan-

    I don’t Paola is saying that there is ‘no impact’ from disruptive innovation – just that there are positive and negative consequences and we just have to be open, as a society, to change, because it is going to happen, whether we like it or not.


  3. Mike Chino September 1, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    This looks like an amazing exhibit – I’m bummed I can’t make it out to see it!

  4. dan mendes September 1, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    it’s interesting how Paola find’s no reservations in the increasing digital world and how it may affect human interactions and thoughts, to me everything affects everything, our views of products right now and how society works was greatly affected by the industrial revolution, why not the digital one?

  5. kestrel September 1, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Can’t wait to check this out. I really enjoyed Paola’s discussion on past and current relationships between “disruptive innovations”!

  6. Jessica Dailey September 1, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Great interview! I love the pieces that Antonelli pulls out as examples in the exhibit — the Tweenbot is so cute!

  7. Rebecca Paul September 1, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Wow what an inspiring interview! I’m fascinated by the concepts being explored in this exhibit, and I cannot wait to go.

  8. Yuka Yoneda September 1, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Yet another awesome video. Completely unrelated, but love the outfit choice too.