The intent behind this somewhat contradictory revamp is twofold; First of all, the striking contrast between the digital language and the archaic analog device it has been written on. But perhaps more important, ‘ASCII Erika’ is also an argument for the craft of computer code. This infrastructure is often so abstract and complex that it’s easy to forget that most code is written by human hands.
This presentation of it; ink on paper - characters punched out one by one, underlines the idea. In addition, the level of skill and accuracy, the fragile language of computer code requires, is exemplified in the highlighted typos which would surely shift and break functionality.
ASCII Erika’s output text is for many characters vertically offset, unclear, or even illegible. This is due to inaccurate fastening and warping in the 3D-print, and was to some extent impossible to avoid.
This project is inspired by James Bridle’s “This is a Working Shop”.
The “Game of Life” Python code is fetched from usingpython.com.