Fast Co.Design features MoMA’s new show, “Talk to Me: Design and Communication Between People and Objects,â€ exploring how the remarkable exhibits help illuminate our increasingly intimate relationships with objects. Projects featured are as varied as an implanted microchip-dictionary which “whispers” meanings into our heads as we read complex words, and a robot suit designed to show children the “superpowers” of different animals.
This is not an exhibition that you can cruise through, looking at beautiful pictures, occasionally reading a wall plaque, and moving on. Many of the objects reward interaction, whether it be organizing a game of Tentacles that begins on the ground floor, tickling and chatting with the â€œTalking Carlâ€ iphone app (and exhibit mascot) as you stand on line, or purchasing a special custom-designed â€œTalk to Meâ€ MetroCard, created by Antenna Designâ€™s Masamichi Udagawa and Sigi Moeslinger. Keep an eye out for Kacie Kinzerâ€™s Tweenbots as you stroll around the galleries: these little cardboard robots, armed with flags, will be roaming the museum, asking for directions. And, if youâ€™re hungry, be sure to watch the Poke-designed BakerTweet, which will announce when something yummy is popping out of the MOMA cafÃ©â€™s oven (follow it yourself on @MoMABakerTweet).