NYC - MoMA: Design and the Elastic Mind - XO Laptop
XO Laptop, from the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project, 2005-ongoing
Nicholas Negroponte (American, b. 1943), Rebecca Allen (American, b. 1953), Mary Lou Jepsen (American, b. 1956), Mark Foster (American, b. 1960), Michail Bletsas (Greek, b. 1967) and V. Michael Bove (American, b. 1960) of One Laptop per Child (USA, est. 2005)
Yves Béhar (Swiss, b. 1967) and Bret Recor ( American, b. 1974) of fuseproject (USA, est. 1999)
Jacqes Gagné (Canadian, b. 1959) of Gecko Design (USA, est. 1996)
Colin Bulthaup (American, b. 1976) of Squid Labs (USA, est. 2004)
John Hutchinson (South African, b. 1952) of Freeplay Energy Pic. (South Africa, est. 1996)
Quanta (Taiwan, est. 1988)
The XO Laptop is an inexpensive computer conceived by One Laptop per Child (OLPC), a nonprofit program behun at the MIT Media Lab, to be distributed to governments and nongovernmental organizations to schools all ove the globe. XO is the size of a textbook and lighter than a lunchbox. Many features serve at least two purposes: Wireless-access antennas double as covers for the USB ports, the handle serves as an attachment for a strap, and the protective bumpter also seals to protect dust. The screen has both a full-color mode and a reflective high-resolution mode that is readable in bright sunlight, and a wide track pad doubles as a drawing and writing tablet. If electricity is not available, the computer can be recharged by human-powered devices such as a yoyo-like pull cord.
Design and the Elastic Mind, on exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art from February 24-May 12, 2008, explores the reciprocal relationship between science and design in the contemporary world by bringing together design objects and concepts that marry the most advanced scientific research with attentive consideration of human limitations, habits, and aspirations. The exhibition highlights designers’ ability to grasp momentous changes in technology, science, and history—changes that demand or reflect major adjustments in human behavior—and translate them into objects that people can actually understand and use.
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) was founded in 1929 and is often recognized as the most influential museum of modern art in the world. Over the course of the next ten years, the Museum moved three times into progressively larger temporary quarters, and in 1939 finally opened the doors of its midtown home, located on 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in midtown.
MoMA's holdings include more than 150,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, architectural models and drawings, and design objects. Highlights of the collection inlcude Vincent Van Gogh's The Starry Night, Salvador Dali's The Persisence of Memory, Pablo Picasso's Les Demoiseels d'Avignon and Three Musicians, Claude Monet's Water Lilies, Piet Mondrian's Broadway Boogie Woogie, Paul Gauguin's The Seed of the Areoi, Henri Matisse's Dance, Marc Chagall's I and the Village, Paul Cezanne's The Bather, Jackson Pollack's Number 31, 1950, and Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans. MoMA also owns approximately 22,000 films and four million film stills, and MoMA's Library and Archives, the premier research facilities of their kind in the world, hold over 300,000 books, artist books, and periodicals, and extensive individual files on more than 70,000 artists.