Congratulations to the 2004 winners:
Alva Noe and Miriam Dym, First Place
Greg Niemeyer and Monica Lam, Second Place
Francis McIlveen, Third Place
You've seen those digital presentations-in an airless boardroom, an inept speaker parrots bullet points already on view in the projected graphics. My point? This much-ridiculed form of address, generically referred to as PowerPoint after the Microsoft program that drives it, has either:
• lowered the bar for visual presentations, or
• offered up new conventions to be dismantled by restless and adventurous practitioners.
The real challenge obviously lies in bullet point number two. PowerPoint to the People™ is a two-part competition that follows artists, designers, and purveyors of the digital pitch right to the limits of the unintended. Expect to see innovative works that:
• elegantly overcome the dead weight of content, or
• through sheer visual verve rise above the exacting limitations of presentation software.
"Let us imagine, then," says David Byrne, popmeister of the digital presentation, "that PowerPoint and its attendant softwares are actually a means to a positive emotional and philosophical end, a path towards a goal that is easy to reach and available to all." PowerPoint to the People™ is a rest stop on that egalitarian road to fulfillment.