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. His 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.

Funding for this project was provided 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:


Andrée Bober and Landmarks
Pat Clubb and University Operations
Douglas Dempster and the College of Fine Arts
Landmarks Advisory Committee
Bruce Porter and the Department of Computer Science
William Powers and the Office of the President
Bob Rawski and the Office of Facilities Planning and Construction
David Rea and the Office of Campus Planning

Project Team

Andrée Bober, curator and director, Landmarks
Nisa Barger, project manager, Landmarks
Casey Reas, artist

Special Thanks

Lorenzo Alvisi, Department of Computer Science
Bill Butler, Pelli Clark Pelli Architects
Coburn & Company
Adam Klivans, Department of Computer Science
Matt Larson, Department of Computer Science
Nick Nobel, external affairs, Landmarks
Christiane Paul, curatorial contributor
Steven Sacks, bitforms gallery
Patti Spencer, Department of Computer Science
Stephanie Tapauraskas, development, Landmarks
Jennalie Travis, development, Landmarks
Matthew Walker, Department of Computer Science
Catherine Zinser, education, Landmarks