A new exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in NY called, “Talk to Me” is opening today. The main theme of the exhibition is that communication is now the dominant force in design. The exhibition will show how different innovations in communication design are transforming the way we live. Paola Antonelli, senior curator of architecture and design at MoMa, told The New York Times in a phone interview, “We went through so many changes in the definition of design in the 20th century with all the clichés about form following function, and the addition of meaning in the 1960s with post-structuralism, but what is really important right now is communication.”
A project called EyeWriter will be featured in “Talk to Me,” and is a result from a software developed for a recently paralyzed graffiti artist. Tony Quan, known by the the tag name TEMPT1, contracted amyotropid lateral sclerosis which paralyzed the artist’s body except for his eyes. Teams from the Free Art and Technology lab. Graffiti Research Lab and other organizations joined together to create a program that would allow Quan to continue his work.
The exhibits in “Talk to Me” will range from cash and ticket machines to a new proposal to improve the efficiency of a 911 emergency command center. The planning and presentation of the exhibition has also gone along with the premise of new communication techniques. The process of researching and planning the exhibits were documented on an open source web site. They have also added Quick Response tags that allows people to swipe the bar-code of a specific exhibit with their smart phone, which leads them to a special section of MoMa’s web site.