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MoMA exhibits for ‘the Common Good’

118511The MoMA ‘This is for Everyone’  exhibition in New York takes its title from the Twitter message that British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee (inventor of the World Wide Web) used to light up the stadium at the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremonies. His buoyant tweet highlighted the way that the Internet—perhaps the most radical social design experiment of the last quarter century—has created limitless possibilities for the discovery, sharing, and expansion of knowledge and information.

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As we revel in this abundant possibility, we sometimes forget that new technologies are not inherently democratic. Is design in the digital age—so often simply assumed to be for the greater good—truly for everyone?

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From initial exploratory experiments to complex, and often contested, hybrid digital-analog states, all the way to “universal” designs, ‘This Is for Everyone’ explores this question with works from MoMA’s collection that celebrate the promise—and occasional flipside—of contemporary design.

This Is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good
February 14, 2015–January 31, 2016
Architecture and Design Galleries, third floor
11 WEST 53 STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10019

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