Today A. Bill Miller is at CAC3 in Paris to present a paper we wrote together. It’s called The Future Potentials of ASCII Art. Dunno if you have to pay to read it or sth, lol, but here is the abstract:

ASCII art is a text-based expression that traditionally is concerned with remediating images, words and objects. The paper describes its historical connections to poetry, programming, literature and hacking and defines ASCII art as a genre, consisting of several categories.

The authors identify a number of movements towards novel forms of ASCII art that explore medium specific characteristics for drawing, design, advertising and conceptual art. The authors also argue that the popularity of digital media, which for example leads to scarcity in URLs, increases the potential for ASCII art to play a more active role in human communication.