Museums as R&D Departments of Society?

Fast Co.Design features MoMA’s new show, “Talk to Me: Design and Communication Between People and Objects,” 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 “Talking Carl” iphone app (and exhibit mascot) as you stand on line, or purchasing a special custom-designed “Talk to Me” MetroCard, created by Antenna Design’s Masamichi Udagawa and Sigi Moeslinger. Keep an eye out for Kacie Kinzer’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 you’re hungry, be sure to watch the Poke-designed BakerTweet, which will announce when something yummy is popping out of the MOMA café’s oven (follow it yourself on @MoMABakerTweet).

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