Turbulence Spotlight: GALZA
Formed in 1999, Galza is a group of artists who make ASCII [American Standard Code for Information Interchange] art. Members are mostly Russian, but the group also includes individuals from Belgium, Finland, the US, Canada, and Sweden.
ASCII art utilizes characters of the ASCII Table, numerical representations of characters such as ‘a’ or ‘@’, or actions. Galza has been drawing this way because ?in the old days, computers didn’t have any graphical user interfaces. People were stuck to text. As a way to embellish text files and the interfaces of BBS’s, we started drawing in ASCII mode. You can consider it stone age multimedia.? (Filip De Haes)
Galza is part of the ASCII virtual community; every few months, they release their art in zipfiles, as is common in the underground art scene. But because few people know and appreciate text-mode (ASCII) art, Galza decided to emerge from this relatively small community and reach out to a wider audience. They make ASCII T-shirts, and have exhibited in Moscow and Izhevsk (Russia), including at the famous DOM Gallery. Another, and by far the most important output of the Galza group is their website. ?There we’ve put our heritage in a graphical form, so that anyone with a standard web browser can enjoy our art and side projects.?
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