Mindhue Studio

Printmaking, conceptual and installation art

Text to Bitmap

Digital data, as a series of ones and zeroes, can be parsed in different ways depending on how you assign meaning to those patterns of ones and zeroes. ASCII text can be interpreted as text or as chunks of data in 6-, 7- and 8-bit sets. If one takes a selection of ASCII text and assigns it to an 8-bit set, then these chunks can also be interpreted as a single 8-bit grayscale pixel. My name, Louis Theodore Ollier, can be represented thusly:


If normalized so the lightest pixel is nearly white and the darkest is black, my nominal bitmap can be rendered:


The capital letters in the beginning of the words are darker because the capital letters have lower numbers in the ASCII encoding definition.

One can also do this with a large collection of text. For example, the US Constitution can be rendered as a large grayscale square reading from upper left to lower right: