Project Description

Eric Martin

Film Still from Flatland

FSC-Harvard Fellow – Before 2004

Eric Martin is a designer of and consultant for interactive media and interface design, having worked at MIT’s Lincoln Labs (1969-71), at Xerox PARC on the Macintosh’s precursor, the Dynabook (1974-5), and Apple Computer’s Human Interface and Advanced Technology Groups (1989-93). He has also taught studio courses in new media at Harvard (1964-75) and at CalArts (1976-1995), where he was Dean of the School of Art & Design (1979-83). He received his B.A. (1958) and Masters in Architecture (1961) from Harvard, where he was also a member of the Society of Fellows (1962-65), and a fellow of the Film Study Center, when he created the film, Flatland.

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Film Still from Flatland


Eric Martin, 16mm film, 11 mins. (1965)

In 1962 John Hubley came to Harvard University as the first teacher of animation in the new Visual Arts Center. It was his idea to make a film based on Edwin Abbott’s famous short story, Flatland.

The tale of a “square” who lives in flatland and faces the difficulty of convincing a two-dimensional society that a third dimension exists is told by the voices of Dudley Moore and other actors belonging to the British theatrical comedy group, Beyond the Fringe.

The film has appealed especially to mathematicians, philosophers of science, and children.

Distributed by Documentary Education Resources, Watertown, MA.