MoMA’s PopRally and “Talk to Me” Exhibit

Guests playing Copenhagen Game Collective's B.U.T.T.O.N (Brutally Unfair Tactics Totally OK Now) at MoMA's PopRally on July 27, 2011

On Wednesday night, MoMA’s PopRally transformed the museum into an interactive video game party.  All games featured in the sold out event, called Arcade, were selected by Kill Screen and inspired by MoMA’s newest exhibit, Talk to Me: Design and Communication between People and Objects.

In addition to allowing visitors to walk through the exhibit – which is dizzying in size and includes some mind-boggling projects, all with QR codes and interactive features – the event displayed large-scale video games on several floors and in the Sculpture Garden.  One of the games, Limbo, created by the Danish independent game studio Playdead, was hauntingly beautiful, described in the program as creating a world that is “reminiscent of both a Tim Burton fantasy and Ed Ruscha’s work from the 1990s.”  Watch Limbo’s trailer below, and head to MoMA to see Talk to Me, on display through November 7th.  Make sure to bring your smartphone to take advantage of all of the exhibit’s interactive features.  As the New York Times review put it, Talk to Me is “made for the texting, tweeting, social-networking, app-downloading, smartphone-wielding museum goer.”

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