NYC Independent Evening Activity: Visit to MoMA

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Summary:

A group of us went to visit the MoMA on Friday evening to see the different art pieces there, and to visit the exhibit “Botanicalls”. “Bontanicalls” is a piece made in 2006 that sends a message to the user every time a plant needs to be watered. We were able to find the piece in the third floor of the MoMA, along with various other technological pieces that uses the Makey Makey, littleBits, Arduino, and so on.

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We later explored the area a bit more and came across some 3D modelled pieces and laser printed art works that were made into furniture. The wooden piece that was laser printed was made in 2004, and is called the Cinderella Table. The table was made by slicing each vertical layer and gluing them together by hand.

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After walking around a bit more, we found a room that exhibited old musical technologies, radios, and communication receivers.

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We passed by the gaming section where Minecraft was displayed along with some old arcade style games. Sadly, we were not able to play any of them due to one of the machines being broken, and the others were occupied. However, we did see the piece “Random Distribution of 40,000 Squares Using the Odd and Even Numbers of a Telephone Directory” by François Morellet. Morellet used the game of chance as his inspiration to create this painting, which depicts the numbers from his telephone directory in Cholet, France. Blue indicates even numbers, and red indicates odd numbers.

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As we moved along, we also found some old media prints and posters made in the past. We ended the evening by going to the gift shop and meeting up with everyone before leaving the MoMA.

Personal Reflection:

Visiting the MoMA has been a very inspiring event. Not only did I get to see a lot of amazing art pieces, I was able to relate some of them back to my assignments and the places my class has visited while in Toronto and New York City. For example, “Botanicalls” is an example that explains how electronics can be applied differently using the Arduino board that the class has been experimenting with for the past two years. “The Cinderella Table” relates to our visit to Hot Pop Factory, where 3D laser printing was used to create sculptures and art pieces. Rather than making sculptures, the Cinderella Table shows that with current technology, we can use it to make far more complex items such as furniture. “The Random Distribution of 40,000 Squares Using the Odd and Even Numbers of a Telephone Directory” is similar to the “Game of Life” piece that the class studied last semester. Both pieces use the idea of games and rules to generate pixelated artwork. Lastly, the sounds exhibit reminisces of how current sounds are created, and without the machinery from the past, we are unable to generate certain sounds today. This exhibit makes me think of the visit to the Office of Creative Research. The research facility was able to neatly generate tones that indicate various actions, which helps indicate clear data visualization of the program they are designing. The MoMA became a great way to wrap up the entire trip of New York City.