The History/Future of ASCII/ANSI-Art

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Anders Carlsson aka Goto80 und A. Bill Miller haben ihre Arbeit über ASCII-Art online gestellt, passend dazu der superinteressante Talk oben von Doug Moore über die Geschichte der ANSI-Art, leider nur mit miserabler Tonqualität, aber das kriegt Ihr hin, hier der Blogpost dazu.

In 1921 Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray produced the magazine New York Dada, well known for its cover which displayed a small readymade collage surrounded entirely by the typewriter generated words New York Dada backwards. In this example the words become a pattern and incantation that reinforces dada aesthetics (Ades 2006:146,158). Theo Van Doesburg, more likely known for his paintings and contribution to De Stijl, created the visual design for the four-issue dada-constructivist magazine Mecano. Each issue included the name of the magazine as a text-diagram and presented a direct relationship between the the type characters, the image design they created, in addition to being conceptually significant (Ades 2006:261,270). Dada artists’ interest in the use of language perhaps created a unique avenue for experimentation with printed text that was visual, verbal, conceptual, and sometimes political.

Concrete poetry functions by placing equivalent importance on the form that the typographical characters are given and their semantic meanings. An early and popular example of this is Guillaume Apollinaire’s Il Pleut (1913-1916) where the meaning of the text is enhanced by its diagonal and linear presentation.

Future Potentials for ASCII art (via GoTo80)