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Talk to Me: A Symposium

Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 6:00 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

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Talk to Me: Design and the Communication between People and Objects
Paola Antonelli

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This evening and daylong program features presentations, conversations, interviews, and performances on the subjects of design and script writing, cognitive science, gaming, augmented reality, and communication, with a keynote address on October 18 by the hosts of WNYC's Radiolab, Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich.

On October 19, panel discussions will be moderated by Paola Antonell; Adam Bly, founder and CEO, Seed Media Group; Majora Carter, President, Majora Carter Group; and Jamer Hunt, Director, MFA in Transdisciplinary Design program, Parsons The New School for Design.

Other participants include:

  • Jake Barton, founder and principal, Local Projects
  • Ayah Bdeir, artist, engineer, and designer
  • Ayse Birsel, designer, co-principal, Birsel+Seck
  • Sandra Bloodworth, director of MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design
  • Kenyatta Cheese, expert in social network narratives
  • Revital Cohen, designer
  • Bjarke Ingels, architect, founding partner, Bjarke Ingels Group
  • Dwight Garner, book critic, The New York Times
  • Tahir Hemphill, designer
  • Natalie Jeremijenko, artist and associate professor of visual arts, New York University
  • Matt Jones and Jack Schulze, principals, BERG
  • Alex Kalman, filmmaker
  • Laura Kurgan, associate professor of architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation, and Planning, Columbia University
  • Kati London, designer and technologist, director of product, Zynga New York
  • Marcus Samuelsson, chef, activist, and entrepreneur
  • Kevin Slavin, philosopher of design
  • Sputniko!, designer and performer

This program was conceived by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, and Kate Carmody, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art—who are also the curators of the exhibition.

Program Schedule

October 18, 6:00 p.m.
An evening with Radiolab

October 19, 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

10 a.m.
Introduction by Paola Antonelli

10:15 a.m.
Design Snippets: Matt Jones and Jack Schulze

10:30 a.m.
Design and Scriptwriting
Panelists: Ayse Birsel, Kenyatta Cheese, and Kevin Slavin
Moderator: Jamer Hunt

11:30 a.m.
Design Snippets: Jake Barton and Tahir Hemphill

11:45 a.m.
Translating Worlds
Revital Cohen, Natalie Jeremijenko, and Matt Jones
Moderator: Adam Bly

12:45 p.m.
Lunch Break

2:00 p.m.
Design Snippets: Ayah Bdeir and Kati London

2:15 p.m.
The Talkative City
Dwight Garner and Sandra Bloodworth
Moderator: Majora Carter

3:15 p.m.

3:35 p.m.
Design Snippets: Laura Kurgan and Alex Kalman

3:50 p.m.
Xtreme Communication
Bjarke Ingels, Marcus Samuelsson, and Sputniko!
Moderator: Paola Antonelli

4:50 p.m.
Performance by Sputniko!

5:10 p.m.
Wrap Up

5:30–7:00 p.m.
Reception in MoMA Sculpture Garden

In conjunction with the exhibition Talk to Me: Design and the Communication between People and Objects

Tickets are available online, at the Information Desk in the main lobby, and at the Film Desk after 4:00 p.m.

Ticketing for each day of this program is separate. Please purchase a ticket for EACH day of the program you would like to attend.