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MoMA’s Paola Antonelli on Humanized Technology

What augmented reality has to do with farm animals and talking sidewalks.

We’re big fans of Paola Antonelli, MoMA’s brilliant and eloquent curator of Architecture and Design, whose work continues to be a beacon of where design is headed both as a creative discipline and as cultural currency for making sense of the world. Under her tenure, MoMA has made such thought-provoking acquisions as early computing ephemera, the @ sign and, as of this week, 23 digital typefaces, challenging the notion of what a design “object” is and how it interlaces with everyday life.

In this excellent interview, she talks about the vision behind her latest MoMA show, Talk To Me, while in her signature fashion interjecting higher-order insights about the role of design that transcend the immediate context of the exhibition.

Many people think that technology is a problem in that it dehumanizes people. And, instead, I think it’s a great thing because it humanizes objects.” ~ Paola Antonelli

Technology would not become life without design and design would not function without technology, because design is a matter of translating technology into things that people can use.” ~ Paola Antonelli

Paola mentions several Brain Pickings favorites, including Jonathan Harris’ I Want You to Want Me project and Christien Meindertsma’s ingenious PIG 05049.

See all the ideas tickling the brains of Talk To Me‘s curators here and tip them off to something worthy of consideration.

via @juliaxgulia / Creators Project

Published January 27, 2011




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