Visitors to installation
What informs design these days? Certainly, utility and aesthetics top the list of considerations, but so, increasingly, does an object's ability to actively or subliminally communicate, provoke, and inform.
From now through November 7 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the exhibit "Talk to Me: Design and the Communication between People and Objects" explores that complex conversation through an eclectic array of almost 200 projects, some conceptual, others practical and already in use.
Visitors will see everything from a building skinned in a QR code to a singing chair; a device that records prayers and sends them via satellite to a database that catalogs them; and an artificial biological clock that collates data from doctors, therapists, and financial advisers to tell a modern working woman when she should try to have a baby.
The exhibit is loosely divided into six sections according to who or what is doing the talking. Scroll through our gallery to get a sense of the objects on display, and the manifold ways today's objects are getting in on the cultural conversation.
July 30, 2011 6:00 AM PDT
Photo by: Scott Rudd
| Caption by: Leslie Katz
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