ASCII Bush – Yoshi Sodeoka

ASCII Bush by Yoshi Sodeoka is an ASCII video rendition of two State of the Union addresses — one delivered by George W. Bush on January 12, 2003 (just before the current Iraqi war); the other by his father, George H.W. Bush, on March 6, 1991 (right after Operation Desert Storm). The speeches are not edited — only digitally filtered.

Yoshi Sodeoka is a New York-based artist and musician who has been producing both art and commercial projects for over a decade. His interactive digital artwork has been featured on numerous CD-ROMs and websites and in exhibitions at the San Francisco MoMA, Whitney Museum of American Art, Design Museum Germany and Art & Design Museum Brazil. He was a contributing writer for Artbyte magazine in which he wrote a bi-monthly column about underground digital culture. And prior to that, he was the founding art director of Word.com, one of the Web’s oldest and most influential e-zines, which launched in 1995.

ASCII animation is part of a web tradition of animations created using only the ASCII character set (standard keyboard symbols). ASCII art was and is used wherever text can be more readily printed or transmitted than graphics. This includes typewriters, teletypes, non-graphic computer terminals, in early computer networking (e.g., BBSes), e-mail, and Usenet news messages.

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