I was in New York for Halloween during the freak snowstorm and decided that Saturday would be the perfect day to spend indoors at MOMA. What was I thinking? All of the tourists in Midtown Manhattan thought the same thing!
I ventured back the next day for a stroll around the exhibits. Lucky for me I got to see the tail end of the “Talk to Me Exhibit”. It was a fascinating take on artists use of technology to depict how we communicate and interact with objects.
My favorite Tweenbot was there and I especially loved “Kageo” which means “little shadow” in Japanese. These whimsical characters only appear in shadows and mysteriously have the ability to react to movement and a change in environment–all without sensors or overhead projectors. I was fascinated with how the designers pulled this off. It was a cool fusion of cuteness with intriguing technology. While the exhibit wrapped on November 7th, the website is still up and it is actually a bit more interesting to play around on the site vs having been there in person.
I was surprised to see how closely curated the works were between MOMA and MoCA. I expect to see the same artists represented but the similarities in specific works were uncanny (esp Twombly, Lynda Benglis and De Wain Valentine). Here were a couple of my favorite pieces: