• Patrick Whitney -
    • Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology (llT)


Minneapolis, Minnesota


July 23rd-27th, 1984

Art Show Overview:

As is clear to those who habitually attend the SIGGRAPH conference, the exhibition is different this year. In it are, among other things, a ski boot, a remote control device, hand-colored images of an arched doorway, and a computer game that explains machine logic. The common element uniting these seemingly disparate projects is that they demonstrate current applications of computers to design problems. In each of them the computer played a significant role in the design and, often, in production.

The point of view illustrated in the exhibition is that the computer will, as is so often said, serve as a tool in helping with various aspects of our work. More important, however, the computer is viewed here as having the potential for becoming a medium capable of altering our ways of thinking about our work. The exciting objective for computer-supported design at this time is to go beyond mimicking past media (as all new media do at their inception) and continue to develop processes and formal structures that are inherent to the computer’s distinct characteristics.

Patrick Whitney, Chairman
Design Arts Exhibition Committee


Writing Reviewers:


Cray Research Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning University of California – Los Angeles
International Neon Products Incorporated
Institute of Design College of Architecture and Design Illinois Institute of Technology
Visible Language Workshop Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Exhibition Artworks: