Anthony Antonellis || Impulse 101
"Impulse 101 (fast version 4x speed)", 2011, Video, Duration 00:03:42
Impulse 101 is a diptych, half painting/half beamer, 100% on the internet.
Consisting of two 100x100 cm canvases, the left (black) side is acrylic on canvas, while the right counterpart is a beamer projection of ASCII art animations utilizing real and faux copy paste glitches in MS WordPad.
The work begins with the 4 foundational font characters of 8-bit Block ASCII, ░ ▒ ▓ █. These shapes were originally found in the 1979 character set Code Page 437, or CP437, of the original IBM PC.
The CP437 character set has a total of 256 glyphs; in Impulse 101 I put the parentheses around ░ ▒ ▓ █, the foundational forms which can be seen as the triangle-square-circle of Block ASCII.
The first principle was to appropriate these shapes as my own, using them as 4 small robots whose purpose is to self-replicate and take on new forms. Being symbols, they can slip through the analog and digital world without needing a physical form, they exist as meme nanites, replicating, infesting and building upon themselves.
The story of these shapes has only just begun; the concept spins and spins on an abstract plane, touching down in different tactile forms, the manifestations of which can never be fully quantified or documented.
"Impulse 101", 2011, Acrylic + Beamer on Canvas, each 100x100 cm