Monday, January 30, 2006

Artist Makes Spam Mail Pretty

SAN DIEGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Most computer users find spam annoying, but one digital designer turns it into works of art.

Alex Dragulescu, a grad student with a Master of Fine Arts from UC San Diego has created a new art form he calls Pseudocode.

Dragulescu wrote a software program that translates ASCII text characters into artistic commands.

He inputs the offending spam mail, decides on an image he wants to create – such as exotic flowers or structural images – and leaves the fine details to the software.

It doesn’t mean that Viagra spam always comes out looking like violets or mortgage loans look like daffodils. As he puts it, “In a way, it’s my decision.”

Dragulescu explains, for example, based on the parameters of the document, if there are more vowels than consonants, the plant will have branches.

His work can be seen at

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