“There is a whole universe in every single object that becomes even bigger when put in a relationship with a person,” says Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art. In episode #41, Antonelli talks to producer Benjamen Walker about the “human-human interface” and the role of design in human relationships.
“The human-machine interface, you know, what we are all doing, engineers, designers, scientists, we’re all trying to make technology disappear. That’s the truth. Just like we go through the toll booths in freeways using EZ Pass and we still have that box but we don’t think about it- that’s how life should be, so we can focus on real human habits and human needs, as opposed to focusing on the technology.”
Every once in a while, a human-machine or human-object interaction metamorphoses into an efficient, organic, human-human connection.
Special thanks to Orla O’Sullivan for her help with this week’s image correspondence.
Kate Joyce is a Chicago based artist, architectural photographer, and the first image correspondent for 99% Invisible. Every two weeks, Joyce will release new and original work for specific episodes. She’ll also comb through her archive to find previously made photographs that are already in thematic conversation with current and past episodes. “I’m curious to see how audio will shape image and image will shape audio and what that will mean to telling stories about design over time,” Joyce says.
Now You See It is a photography project of 99% Invisible. We’d like to create a public dialogue by offering our listeners a new way to interact with our show, as well as their own immediate environment. The project includes the Image Correspondent Residency with Kate Joyce, and ongoing photo assignments for listeners.
We want to see what you hear! Submit your images to our Flickr Group, or email them to [email protected] or put them on Instagram with the hashtag #99PI. We’ll be curating and presenting our favorites on our Instagram and Tumblr.