The Museum of Modern Art continues to build its collection with art and design objects that most institutions would ignore completely. In 2012, the museum started a 40-piece video game collection with Pac-Man, Portal, and other titles. Last year they added Occupy Wall Street posters to the mix, and now Paola Antonelli, MoMA's senior curator of architecture and design, has announced that five DIY electronic products have been acquired: Arduino, Ototo, Makey Makey, the Colour Chaser, and the DIY Gamer Kit.
In a blog post announcing the acquisitions, Antonelli and Curatorial Assistant, Michelle Millar Fisher, write, "While all five might be small in scale, their significance for contemporary design—and the world at large—knows little bounds." They added, "These objects reflect the deep and central role technology and interface design now play in education, production, and our everyday lives. In their own unique ways they allow audiences—artists, designers, and active maker-culture enthusiasts, pros, children, and amateurs—to engage with the processes and final products that are usually the preserve of electronic engineers."
Head over to the blog post to find out what each product does, and check out the short videos below on each product.