The skills of new age artists; passion, vision, creativity, and humility are displayed in the special exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, Talk to Me: Design and Communication Between People and Objects. Crossing the main lobby of MOMA, the first piece of creative technology you will see is Tweenbots, a cardboard robot with a smiling face designed by Kacie Kinzer (2009). It frequently bumps into people armed with a flag that asks them to talk with it, and depending on the visitor’s reactions, it may walk with them. Some people don’t notice the robot; others are filled with intrigue and amazement while interacting with him and taking his picture.
The exhibition starts from outside the third floor with a wall decoration of pixilated characters from digital games. Talking Carl, by Yann Le Coroller (2010), is an interactive feature that welcomes visitors at the entrance. A red box-shaped creature, Talking Carl has the ability to respond to sound and touch. If no one is interacting with him, he starts making funny noises like sneezing or laughing just to grab people’s attention. Walking through the hallway, eight LCD screens display different imaginative video projects, including a human doing a computer’s daily work (open and compose emails to upgrade software) project called Hi, A Real Human Interface by Multitouch Barcelona (2009). Watching a human isolated inside a box made me feel unhappy and think how we are getting disconnected from the world around us, but at the same time computers can connect us. Concepts like these make one think and experience how objects function from a human perception and establish for them an emotional connection.