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Iconic Machines – Interaction, Design, and Art

Exhibition of historical highlights of human-computer interaction from the Computer-Museum of the University of Hamburg presented by Prof. em. Horst Oberquelle, Marton Juhasz and Konstantin Weiss.

Hall 10, 1st. floor
Open Monday to Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


  • Interacting with mainframes
  • The microprocessor revolution
  • The trinity of early home computers
  • Live demo of ground-breaking machines
  • Design & designers make a difference
  • Portability and usability
  • A look into the mouse-oleum

7 reasons to visit the exhibit

Hands-on experience and live demos

  1. Apple-1 replica
  2. Commodore PET, TRS-80, Apple //
  3. Apple Lisa to TAM to iMacs
  4. Designers of iconic machines
  5. Early portables and laptops
  6. Interaction devices: e.g., Telefunken Rollkugel
  7. early computer art by H.W. Franke


Some highlights of the exhibition – Origin of photos and video: Horst Oberquelle

Programm „Zentrum“ (1982) ©Herbert W. Franke