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ASCII Ink Blot

2004


keywords (in alphabetical order): Behavioral Art; IPCM; authorship; borrowed intelligence; creativity; inkblot; interactivity; pattern recognition; web art

In the web art piece ASCII Ink Blot (2004; figure 1.1), the user is shown a random configuration of characters. These characters form what is termed ASCII art, which was particularly popular in the early days of the Internet, when file size was more of an issue. Since ASCII characters used very few bytes, whereas pictures used quite a few, often in emails people drew figurative and abstract graphics, using text symbols. The user then describes, in text, what they see in the 'ink blot', and presses the submit button. The characters submitted by the user are then reconfigured to draw the subsequent ‘ink blot’ test. In this case, the interaction and the resulting computer output are inextricable.


* discussed in chapter published by Signal Culture
* discussed in paper published in Leonardo Electronic Almanac (LEA)
* featured at electroFringe in Australia
* discussed in book Prog:ME
* featured at the Lo-fi gallery on the web


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