a n s i  b y  a c i d  p h i x  (2017-present)

AMiSH – 0717 ANSI Art


 

Blocktronics – B-SIDES


 

a n s i  b y  a c i d  p h i x  (1990-1996)

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WHAT IS ANSI ART?

From Wikipedia: “ANSI art is a computer art form that was widely used at one time on BBSes (Bulletin Board Systems, which were peer to peer message boards accessed via dial up modems). It is similar to ASCII art, but constructed from a larger set of 256 letters, numbers, and symbols — all codes found in IBM code page 437, often referred to as extended ASCII and used in MS-DOS and Unix environments. ANSI art also contains special ANSI escape sequences that color text with the 16 foreground and 8 background colors offered by ANSI.SYS, an MS-DOS device driver loosely based upon the ANSI X3.64 standard for text terminals.”

“To us artists… it was always much more than that.” – acid phix

Trevor Pontz
From 2600 Magazine, Summer 2013

 

The definitive source and largest available collection of ANSI and ASCII art is:
pc.Textmod.es

Currently I enjoy working on my ANSI skills again while volunteering and organizing “ANSIs for charity” events with Blocktronics.org, an international network of digital textmode artists from over 13 countries.  Blocktronics for Doctors Without Borders is the first charity campaign started in June 2017.

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