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Design and the elastic mind – Get your MoMA online

Not in New York and can’t afford to jet out there for the MoMa exhibit “Design and the Elastic Mind?” Well, the exhibit is getting plenty of coverage online. The New York Times writes about the exhibit’s treatment of the relationship between art and science. Business Week tells of Nokia’s stretchable, formable phones (but no pictures, sadly).

One of the pieces that caught my eye was the bee vase to your left, by Tomas Gabzdil Libertiny. He studied bees and developed a way of building shaped scaffolding so bees would help him manufacture objects.

We interviewed Paola Antonelli, the curator of MoMA’s design department, for this issue and she explained the exhibit theme:

The show is called “Design and the Elastic Mind.” It’s about the changes in scale, in rhythm, in pace, in resolution that we go through every single day, and the objects of design that help us cope with them. It’s basically they help us cope and move from adaptability, which is one of the characteristics of human intelligence, to elasticity, which is, in my opinion, adaptability plus acceleration. So it’s the Do-i-i-n-i-n-g! about being able to bounce back very fast and not get stressed out, not get stretch marks.

Read the Paola’s full interview, where she tells us one of her secrets, in Ambi issue 8

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