Michael Eby

  • A Silicon Graphics, Inc. workstation featured in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, 1993. The interface seen here is the 3-D File System Navigator for the IRIX operating system, which, as its name implies, is based on UNIX.
    books March 23, 2022

    OK Computer

    IMAGE OBJECTS: AN ARCHAEOLOGY OF COMPUTER GRAPHICS. BY JACOB GABOURY. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2021. 312 pages. 

    JURASSIC PARK, the 1993 blockbuster sensation, contains a sly, almost Velázquezian instance of mise en abyme. In the eponymous theme park’s futuristic genomics lab and control room, scientists fabricate the ultimate prehistoric spectacle using desktop computers, software applications, and file systems manufactured by the real-life Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI). These prominently featured SGI workstations don’t just play an essential role in the film’s narrative structure—allowing for plot