Project History

A Mathematical Theory of Communication by Casey Reas bridges the gap between the technical world of programming and the visual realm of art and design. Reas employs programming as his paintbrush, allowing it to create unexpected, intricately rendered images. This project is accessible in the atrium of the Gates Dell Complex during regular building hours.

In 2013 the Chair of the Department of Computer Science, Bruce Porter, requested Landmarks assistance in acquiring art to enhance two walls in the department’s administrative and academic office suites. Landmarks identified artists whose work would complement the Sol LeWitt pieces that had been installed when the building was constructed in 2012. After reviewing a range of possibilities, Landmarks and the computer science’s project committee agreed that artist Casey Reas was the best choice for the commission.

A Mathematical Theory of Communication is composed of high-resolution digital prints on a fine art substrate proprietary to Maharam, the manufacturer and printer.

Christiane Paul, Associate Professor at the School of Media Studies, The New School, and Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art, contributed the artist essay, which provides greater detail about Reas and his work.

Funding for this project was provided by the capital improvement project of The Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex and Dell Computer Science Hall, and with funds contributed by the Department of Computer Science. Landmarks would like to thank the department for its continued support. For their dedication and assistance, Landmarks would also like to thank Casey Reas, Steven Sacks and bitforms gallery, Bruce Porter, Patti Spencer, Adam Klivans, Lorenzo Alvisi, Matthew Walker, and Matt Larson.