Paola Antonelli at Strelka

25.05.2011, 13:28
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On Saturday, May 21st Strelka hosted a lecture by Paola Antonelli. Paola is a Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York from 1994. She is considered one of the most influential people in the art world, changing the way design is perceived and used today.

Paola began with a story about her first exhibitions organized at MoMA: Design!, dedicated to Achille Castiglioni (1997) and Projects 66, dedicated to the Brazilian brothers Campana and a German Ingo Maurer. In both cases Paola had to convince the administration of the museum that these exhibitions are necessary. She had to form expositions so that they would attract attention of visitors, who came to MoMA for Picasso and Matisse, and not for the design.

The discussion was also around the future of design and how it could evolve. The most promising projects, according to Antonelli, are connected to the study of nature. The nature, she believes, is the best designer, architect and engineer. Already today, many designers are collaborating with scientists, and this collaboration will only spread and grow deeper. The latest exhibition at MoMA, the Design and the Elastic Mind, was dedicated to this theme.

Paola also talked about how new technologies are offering another perspective on the relationship between a man and the world of objects. For example, the designers of the Graffiti Research Lab mark tall buildings with light graffiti projections. Similar examples of such projects are done by the Department of Design Interactions at Royal College of Art in London. By the way, the head of the Department, Nome Tauran, and their senior lecturer, Anthony Dunne, will be at Strelka in early August to hold a workshop.