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KIBBUTZIM COLLEGE OF ART & EDUCATION TEL AVIV
BATT-GIRL, EYAL GRUSS

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Down The ASCII Hole is an interactive net adaptation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, wandering between links of scrambled text and animated ascii-art fields. These impressions are based on the illustrations from the original book, alongside impressions of products and ads from the net.
The story is re-translated and re-born in scrambled English and coded into Leet language (see title). In order to read the texts or to view the whole image, the human body must move as a cursor: wandering, scrolling, clicking, zooming (in/out), mimicking actions that resemble everyday web surfing, asking to break from the real into the virtual. Textuality becomes hypertextuality — The WWW as Wonderland, Alice — as a clueless-geek girl, the navigation as a poetic user experience.

BATT-GIRL (B. 1975) is a net artist/designer, from Tel Aviv. She likes to create from “non-materia” artworks based on digital information from the web alone, using automatic generators & code. Her works test limits and influences of internet-languages (Leet, Fakatzit), commonly used by communities of teenage girls. Her works are characterized by heavy use of ASCII-art animations woven into net-art and interactive installations.

DR. EYAL GRUSS (B. 1977) is a scientist and poet, lives and works in Tel-Aviv, Israel. His works explore and exploit the relationship between poetry, technology and society.