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

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Paola Antonelli: Critical design is about commenting on the possible consequences of technology, even dystopian ones. And there’s a lot of examples of that in the exhibition because since these designers focus on crucial issues, they also focus a lot on communication.


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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.