Mixed Media

Abai in ASCII Art

ASCII art is a graphic design technique that uses computers for presentation and consists of pictures pieced together from the printable characters defined by the ASCII Standard. ASCII art includes ANSI art, a computer art form that was widely used at one time on BBSes. 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. ASCII art technique is widely used by artists, hobbysts, hackers. - Tetoki

Why present Abai as ASCII art?

Abai’s image transcends generations and is an influence on the classical and pop culture genres throughout Kazakhstan and the Turkic world. ASCII art effectively presents the dichotomy of Abai’s legacy: a classical force that is a heavy influence on the modern zeitgist. ASCII Standard is a many decades-old encoding language that remains used in electronic communications today. ASCII art gives strong visualization to the fact that ASCII and Abai are inextricable from their respective modern applications. And because we think ASCII art looks cool.