Machines already talk. That’s what M2M technologies are for, and the billions of connected devices in the coming years will only keep increasing with time… our cameras will talk to us, just like our fridges or even our toilets! But for these machines and objects to talk to us in an effective way these have to recode their original language into something understandable by all human beings.
Moma’s Talk to Me exhibition comes to explore such communication. All objects contain information that goes well beyond their immediate use or appearance. In some cases, objects like cell phones and computers exist to provide us with access to complex systems and networks, behaving as gateways and interpreters. Whether openly and actively, or in subtle, subliminal ways, things talk to us, and designers help us develop and improvise the dialogue.
The exhibition focuses on objects that involve a direct interaction, such as interfaces, information systems, visualization design, and communication devices, and on projects that establish an emotional, sensual, or intellectual connection with their users. Examples range from a few iconic products of the late 1960s to several projects currently in development—including computer and machine interfaces, websites, video games, devices and tools, furniture and physical products, and extending to installations and whole environments.
The Department of Architecture and Design is documenting the process of organizing Talk to Me from its early stages through its opening in July 2011 and beyond via an online journal (which you definitely have to visit if not around NY). The site features projects we are currently studying and some we have already selected, along with relevant references and feedback and suggestions from designers and writers.
Curated by Paola Antonelli and Kate Carmody within the Department of Architecture and Design, “Talk to Me” will be running until November 7th @ MoMa’s Special Exhibitions Gallery (3rd floor).
But Talk to me is not just an ordinary exhibitions, there will be a long list of lectures, events, talks and even family workshops running from late-August till November, mostly free, so go on, have a look this way.