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MoMA’s Paola Antonelli Imagines the Future of Objects

Last week, I visited MoMA’s new exhibition, Talk to Me: Design and the Communication between People and Object, which is curated by the institution’s senior curator of design and architecture, Paola Antonelli.

I spoke to Antonelli about the show, some poignant objects, the American insecurity towards design, her online habits … among other things.

When I toured the displays, I found myself dazed by the variety of objects and ideas in the gallery and their ambitions that ranged from the small (tweeting the food coming out of the MoMA ovens) to ambitious (a health monitor that can be swallowed).

I will reserve my final judgment on the exhibition as a physical experience for a future post but in terms of the ideas at work, Antonelli and her team have amassed a fascinating collection that includes everything from a menstruation machine (for men and non-menstrating women who want to try out the experience) to a project that imagines the newspaper of the future as a physical object or another that visualizes traffic in cities around the world.

One thing is certain and that is this show represents a window into the future now. Enjoy the podcast.

Talk to Me continues at the Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53rd Street, Midtown, Manhattan) until November 7.

 

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