HYATT PLAZA RETROSPECTIVE
The Hyatt Plaza was the first big hotel/conference center on the
Vihabidi Rangsit highway connecting Don Muang airport to downtown
Bangkok. In 1983 the artist programmed an EPSON QX-10 computer to test
the power of its built in graphics processor, the NEC-7220. In 1983 the
computer generated images were displayed at an international computer
trade fair at the Hyatt Plaza. The artist had just written the THAICALC
spreadsheet application as an employee of Sahavirya Infortech Computer
(SIC), a division of Sahaviriya Steel Industries (SSI). SIC was the
main Thai dealer of EPSON products, so they had a large stall at the
trade fair. The graphics program rendered the structural formulae of
various organic molecules, and also a series of landscapes with four
themes based on the binary choices NIGHT/DAY and RURAL/URBAN. Rural
scenes are rendered as alpine forests while the Urban scenes represent
a Skyscraper City such as Hong Kong.
Since 1983 skyscraper cities have proliferated all over East Asia
while alpine forests are increasingly threatened by unplanned
development and climate chage.
Today the images are based on three binary choices:-
NIGHT/DAY, RURAL/URBAN and RANDOM/PLANNED development.
Copyright 2011 Tony Goddard.
Licenced under the Free