Exploring the Serious, Complicated Relationship Between People and Objects Through Art

What it means to talk to machines

Paola Antonelli’s first relationship with a computer began the day her Macintosh Classic arrived. “I remember very clearly, when I put it on my desk and the little smiley computer came on I thought, my God, this is like a pet,” Antonelli, a curator at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, says.

Take a look at the exhibition.

For MoMA’s newest exhibit, called “Talk to Me,” Antonelli chose 194 works ranging from videogames to toy robots to a New York City Metrocard machine—the idea is simple and complex.

“It’s no longer just a relationship we have with objects,” Antonelli says. “It’s a dialog.”

“Talk to Me” runs through November 7 at MoMA.