written by net surfers; printing on tracing paper and normal paper, photocopies, perspex, foils; 24cm x 21cm; 10 centrefolds; one-off; 2011
The word “elo” is taken from the Internet slang; it is a kind of greeting used in various applications for sending messages (e-mails, blogs, SMS, messengers, chats). The book “elo:)” is an attempt to show the most important feature of virtual correspondence: brief and fast exchange of information. The language applied by the young net users has been evolving together with Internet services creating “tools” that enable to send maximum amount of information with minimum keyboard tapping.
Acronyms, some of them are unique for each language (like Polish z/w – zaraz wracam – I'll be back soon), some of them are internationally used although have English origin (like IMHO).
Another “tool” used internationally are emoticons – small faces composed of keyboard symbols. They are a kind of substitute of non-verbal communication. In the Internet correspondence they replace, to some extent, the body language (gestures, intonation, emotions, faces).
The illustrations were made in ascii art technique, which is closely related with net communication. To make them the ASCII code is being applied, a code consisting of letters, digits and punctuation signs.
The photos used in this book were taken with a cell phone camera. Nowadays such pictures have replaced, for many people, traditional post cards.
“elo:)” is to be as concise and anonymous in character as concise and anonymous is the space of Internet communication.