"Design and the Elastic Mind" Exhibition

The Museum of Modern Art

poster for "Design and the Elastic Mind" Exhibition

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In the past few decades, individuals have experienced dramatic changes in some of the most established dimensions of human life: time, space, matter, and individuality. Working across several time zones, traveling with relative ease between satellite maps and nanoscale images, gleefully drowning in information, acting fast in order to preserve some slow downtime, people cope daily with dozens of changes in scale. Designers have coped with these displacements by contributing thoughtful concepts that can provide guidance and ease as science and technology evolve. "Design and the Elastic Mind" is a survey of the latest developments in the field. It focuses on designers' ability to grasp momentous changes in technology, science, and social mores, changes that will demand or reflect major adjustments in human behavior, and convert them into objects and systems that people understand and use.

[Image: Young Hyun "Walrus graph visualization tool (detail)" (2001–02) Java and Java3D software. Courtesy of Young Hyun and Bradley Huffaker]


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    Heather Christensen tablog review

    Design and the Elastic Mind

    Delight, shock and amazement are natural responses. Although the galleries of this show are somewhat small in square footage, it is a mammoth undertaking to absorb and process the diverse set of objects and principals on display.

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