Paola Antonelli

  • Aired:  02/27/13
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MoMA's Architecture and Design senior curator talks about interfaces, a vase made by bees, and an earthquake-proof school desk. (5:16)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT HAS CURATED A NEW EXHIBITION AT MOMA THAT INCLUDES 14 VIDEO GAMES.

I SAW A VERY SIMILAR EXHIBITION AT CHUCK E. CHEESE.

PLEASE WELCOME PAOLA ANTONELLI!

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

THANKS SO MUCH FOR COMING ON.

CIAO.

HOW ARE YOU?

>> I'M FINE, HOW ARE YOU?

>> Stephen: GOOD.

>> I'M GOOD.

>> Stephen: THE LATEST EXHIBITION AT MOMA IS CALLED APPLIED DESIGN.

>> INDEED.

>> Stephen: TELL PEOPLE WHAT IT SHOWCASES.

>> OBJECTS FROM THE COLLECTION OF MOMA IN THE 80s TO TALK ABOUT APPLIED DESIGN.

DESIGN IS SO MANY THINGS.

>> Stephen: WHAT IS APPLIED DESIGN?

>> THE IDEA IS THAT IN THE FUTURE DESIGN WILL GO THE WAY OF PHYSICS.

WE'LL HAVE THEORETICAL DESIGN.

IT WILL BE INTERFACES, BIODESIGN VISUAL AREASATION.

>> Stephen: THAT'S IN THE FUTURE.

>> IT'S IN THE PRESENT.

IN THE FUTURE EVEN MORE SO.

>> Stephen: WHERE ARE WE NOW?

MODERN?

POST MODERN OR PREFUTURE?

>>

>> WE'RE POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER POST MODERN, PRESENT, PREFUTURE BUT A LITTLE BIT OF

FUTURE TODAY WITH HISTORY THAT COMES WITH US.

>> Stephen: WOW.

IT'S A COMPLICATED ARTISTIC TIME TO LIVE IN.

>> NO, NO IT'S VERY, VERY EASY.

THEY TOLD ME WHEN I CAME HERE BE YOURSELF, BE IN THE MOMENT AND THAT'S HOW YOU ARE.

>> Stephen: I SHOULD BE MYSELF.

>> BE YOURSELF, BE IN THE MOMENT.

YOU'LL BE MODERN.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Stephen: IS THAT DESIGN?

>> OH, YES, IT IS.

COULD BE BETTER BUT IT'S DESIGN.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

OKAY.

NOW WHAT IS LEFT TO DESIGN THOUGH?

BECAUSE WE'VE GOT TWO DIFFERENT SIZES OF iPAD, AREN'T WE DONE?

>> PRETTY MUCH SO.

I AGREE WITH YOU.

WE COULD HAVE A THIRD SIZE AND A FEW MORE.

THE IDEA IS TO MAKE THE iPAD DISAPPEAR.

>> Stephen: WHAT?

WHAT WILL I SHOW THE PEOPLE WHO DON'T HAVE ONE?

>> YOU SHOW YOUR RETINA.

>> Stephen: LIKE THE GOOGLE GLASS THAT THING.

>> AND BEYOND WITHOUT THE GLASSES EITHER.

IT'S TO MAKE EVERYTHING DISAPPEAR SO YOU CAN BE IN THINGS, IN THE INTERFACES.

>> Stephen: GO TO THIS ONE HERE.

EXPLAIN TO THE PEOPLE WHAT WE HAVE?

>> THIS IS A DESIGNER THAT DECIDED TO HAVE 40,000 BEES MAKE A BUZZ.

WE TALK ABOUT RAPID PROTOTYPING THESE DAYS.

THERE'S ROBOTS THAT MAKE OBJECTS OUT OF RESIDENTIN.

THIS IS SCAFFOLD IN THE SHAPE OF WITH HONEY ON TOP AND YOU LET 40,000 BEES GO WILD AND IN A

WEEK THEY MAKE THIS.

>> Stephen: IS THAT MORE OR LESS EXPENSIVE THAN HAVING CHINESE PEOPLE DO THIS?

>> THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION.

IT'S A GOOD QUESTION.

>> Stephen: MOVING ON.

WHAT IS THIS?

THIS LOOKS LIKE A CHILD'S TOY.

>> IT'S A CHILD'S TOY MADE TO AN ADULT OBJECT.

TO THIS IS AN AFGHANI DESIGNER DESIGNER THAT STUDIED IN THE NETHERLANDS.

HE GREW UP IN WAR TORN AFGHANISTAN IN A PLACE WITH LAND MINES.

WITH HIS BROTHER AND FRIENDS THEY WOULD MAKE WIND POWERED TOYS THAT WOULD ROLL AND END UP

IN THE MINE FIELDS.

A FEW YEARS LATER AFTER HIS MOTHER SMUGGLED HIM OUT OF AFGHANISTAN HE LANDED IN THE

NETHERLANDS AND STUDIED DESIGN.

HE DESIGNED THIS OBJECT WHICH IS WIND POWERED MEANT TO BE ROLLED ON TO MINE FIELDS AND MAKE THEM EXPLODE.

IT'S QUITE FANTASTIC BECAUSE IT'S ABOUT HIS OWN EXPERIENCE BUT A DRAMATIC AND SERIOUS

OBJECT THAT IS MEANT TO BE MADE -- IN THE END IT WILL COST NOTHING.

RIGHT NOW TO TAKE A MINE OFF A MINE FIELD COSTS $10,000.

>> Stephen: THIS GETS BLOWN ACROSS, BLOWS UP AND IT MUST BE AWESOME.

>> IT IS AWESOME.

>> Stephen: WHAT IS THIS LAST ONE HERE, JIM.

THAT IS JUST A TABLE.

>> THAT SAY TABLE FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN IN EARTHQUAKE PRONE IMRAIRS TO SO-WHEN YOU CEILING

FALLS UPON YOU YOU DON'T GET CRUSHED.

>> Stephen: WHAT MAKES IT SO GREAT.

>> IT'S DESIGNED FROM A STUDENT AT A SCHOOL IN JERUSALEM.

YOU SEE HOW IT'S MEANT.

THOSE ORANGE STICKS ARE LIKE COMPRESSORS.

>> Stephen: SHOCK ABSORBERS.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> Stephen: YOUR WELCOME SO.

>> WHEN THE PROVERBIAL TON OF BRICKS FALLS UPON YOU YOU DON'T GET CRUSHED.

>> Stephen: HERE IS AN IDEA, WHY NOT MAKE THE SCHOOL OUT AFTER THIS?

>> WE SHOULD, YOU'RE RIGHT.

ENGINEERS ARE WORKING TOWARDS THAT.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING ME.

THE EXHIBITION STARTS

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