Kacie Kinzer. Interactive Telecommunications Program, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Tweenbot. 2009. Cardboard, paper, ink, batteries, motor, and wheels, 36 x 8 1/2 x 14" (91.4 x 21.6 x 35.6 cm). Installation view at The Museum of Modern Art, 2011. Photo © Scott Rudd

Talk to Me explores the communication between people and things. 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. 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. Since we always cast our nets very wide and count on suggestions and opinions from the design community, this step comes very naturally. Besides, communication is what this exhibition is all about. Visit the online journal at wp.moma.org/talktome/.

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Organized by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, and Kate Carmody, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design.

The exhibition is made possible by Hyundai Card Company.

Additional support is provided by Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., and The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art.

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