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Ding Dong, ANSI Calling —

I had the pleasure of attending the ANSI Gallery showing this past January, and I also had the chance to purchase one of the items being shown; one of the small handful of ANSI display boxes against the wall.

Today, the box with the ANSI displayer arrived.

No complaints here! I’m glad to be the owner of one of these little pieces of history.

These are customized boxes with circuits designed to show off a specific ANSI artwork, scrolling it slowly on a VGA-connected monitor. They were all hand-assembled, of course, polished, and cobbled together in time for the very successful gallery opening, which then lasted about a month. It was heavily, heavily attended.

I believe this is the first time I ever bought something hanging on the wall of an art gallery, with the little red pin next to the price and everything. I paid $200, in case you are of the vulgar sort.

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  1. Hannes says:

    Wow, how cool is that!
    You made me think about printing some great ANSI to decorate my pc room.

  2. Jim Leonard says:

    A bargain at twice the price. (Seriously, how cool is a custom hardware ansi generator?)

  3. Flack says:

    I fell in love with these units the first time I saw it mentioned on your site. Knowing I’d never have the opportunity to own one, I did the next best thing. Using ansi2png (available both for Windows and Linux) I converted a bunch of old ANSI files to PNG format and then put them on my digital photo frame.

  4. Splas says:

    I’d totally buy one of these… Maybe just the hardware if it were available…