RaD Man – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

RaD Man doing an interview with Dial-a-Dork on...

Image via Wikipedia


Christian Wirth, better known by the pseudonym RaD Man, is a computer artist and historian. He works in the field of ANSI art, a method of creating art using a limited set of text characters and color escape codes based loosely on the relevant ANSI standard (X3.64: Control Sequences for Video Terminals and Peripherals). 

RaD Man was initially involved in the Aces of ANSI Art (AAA), an organization which created ANSI artwork for a number of computer bulletin board systems in the late 1980s. With others, he created the “ANSI Creators in Demand” group (also known as ACiD#. 

Starting in 1990, ACiD released artwork on an ad-hoc network of BBSes, updating a collection of art known as the ACiD Acquisition by sending a compressed file of all the completed work up to that time. By 1992, the increasing file size made this process impractical, and this led to the development of the artpack, where groups of artists #including ACiD) would upload monthly update packages instead. 

In 1996, RaD Man founded the ACiD Artpacks Archive to collect the artpacks created by the hundreds of groups that followed in ACiD’s footsteps. This collection eventually was transferred to DVD as Dark Domain in 2004. 

Since 2002, RaD Man has worked as a historian and spokesperson for the artscene, collecting information and interviews with the artists involved, and creating reports and presentations on the lineage of computer art. Some of this work includes The ARTS, a talk radio show which discusses the many different facets of the creative computer underground scenes and the Pilgrimage 2004 demoparty. [1] 

In 2006, RaD Man became a member of cDc’s Ninja Strike Force.[2] 

In 2007, he co-founded Blockparty, a North American demoparty. For their first three years, they have paired up with Notacon which takes place annually in Cleveland, Ohio. This collaborative effort allowed the fledgling party to utilize the existing support structure of an established conference. 

In November 2009, ANSI art group Blocktronics paid tribute to RaD Man and his contributions to the ANSI art scene by releasing an Artpack called Codename Chris Wirth. 

via RaD Man – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


About Tom Huff

Just a good ol boy :)
This entry was posted in BBS - Information, BBS - Sat. Night Specials and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to RaD Man – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  1. Greg says:

    I rememeber the old dot matrix printers could produce long banners of ascii art, you should gave a sound file somewhere of that noise and post it !
    Looks like the blog is progressing!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s