|Kafka minced digitally.
|Copying a long text by typing it sign-by-sign is an arduous exercise, but an intense kind of reading. The typer learns to appreciate language in detail. Imitating the type area (appearence) of the original text by a plain text program, requires the the insertation of non-printing, invisible signs as those for line feed and page break.||
|The global American Standard for Information Interchange (ASCII) encodes every sign as a characterisic number, the small"a" as 97, the capital "B"as 66. The distance between two words has the value* 32. Even empty space is worth* something.|
|According to the paperback ISBN 3-596-20900-5, printed in 1980, the first chapter of Franz Kafka's "Das Schloss" has 562 lines, and all together 34028 signs. The sum of all ASCII codes is 3076209. Divided by 34028, the arithmetic ASCII mean is 90.402286352. Thus the average value* of the Kafka fragment is something between capital "Z" and square bracket left. By the described procedure it is possible to condese the text to Z.[ - which is obviously a broken character**.|
|The source code of the software, which was used to analyze the Kafka text , could as well be understood as a kind of text. But the source code has an ASCII average of only 58.976078167 (colon-dot-semicolon). The comparison of the two text compressions proves, that Kafka is the literature of higher quality.
|PS: Around 1992, when Textkompression: Kafkas Schloß, erstes Kapitel was made, the vhs-cassette was the leading entertainment media. That is where the exact measures of this art work come from; but the size is very similar to the Kafka paperback edition, as well. By the drillings into the piece of chipboard, its weight is brought closer to the weight of ISBN 3-596-20900-5.|
|Chipboard is the compression of tree, and sausage the average of animal.
|* in German, worth and value is the same ("Wert")
** in German, "gebrochene Zahl" means a rational number
|compare: 'EURO''SCAN' Performance|