Tag Archives: 1980s

Sonya Rapoport’s Shoe Field exhibition (1982/85/89). 76 people’s feelings about their shoes plotted on a huge ASCII map, constructed with physics software. The circles on the floor are also visualizations of shoe feeelings. Video documentation and more at her website. Also see Artsy and a very interesting article at artinprint.

h/t: ailadi

Book cover for Pedro Xisto’s Particulars, 1984. Features a poem by the author performed on a computer by Erthos Albino de Souza, according to this. via garadinervi

Garadinervi: Jean Pierre Yvaral (aka Vasarely), from: L’instabilità come condizione umana, Edizioni d’Arte Il Segno, Macerata, 1981

Fun with basic keyboard graphics, a book from 1986 by Winnifred Nichols. Contains step-by-step instructions for 50 keyboard/typewriter works. Plenty of seasonal greetings! Available in full at archive.org thanks to Marcin Wichary.

Title screen for Framework III (DOS, 1988). Video by @dosnostalgic.

Works by Andre Krayewski (Andrzej Krajewski), 1970s and 1980s. h/t Marcin Przyłęcki.

Gretel was a Minitel service that was hacked and transformed into one of the earliest chat services around 1982. Video here.


Mupid was an Austrian videotex terminal that was also a programmable computer. It supported text graphics with custom fonts, pixel and vector graphics with 4096 colours, and telesoftware. More info here, here and here. h/t: Tim Koch

“From a 1988 Polish computer magazine” / @mwichary.

The 1986 retina screen: the WY-700 video card/screen gave the PC a 1280×800 resolution, and a text-mode of 160 columns by 50 lines. It had a built-in 16×16 font (download), and you could even use your own custom fonts. The high-res modes only supported greyscale, but who needs colours anyway?

Sources: John Elliot, thecomputerarchive.com, PC Mag.