Paola Antonelli said that the Organ-Chip “is the epitome of design innovation — elegantly beautiful form, arresting concept, and pioneering application.” Antonelli is Curator of the Department of Architecture and Design and the Director of Research and Development at MoMA. “Esoteric or specialized, perhaps, but universally remarkable in their balance of form, function, and vision … Human Organs-on-Chips demonstrate new, radical intersections of synthetic biology and design.”
The name of the exhibit (“This is for Everyone”) refers to a tweet sent by Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, during the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. The line was meant as a reminder of the democratic potential the Web holds to foster communication and social interaction around the globe.
The exhibit explores the wide range in which design in the digital age is democratic, “from initial exploratory experiments, to complex, and often contested, hybrid digital-analog states, all the way to ‘universal’ designs.”