International Teletext Art Festival / ITAF [2012-2015]

16th january – 31st march 2015 // “35 years ORF TELETEXT” @ Ars Electronica Center Linz, AT

Artists: Daniel Egg, Goto80, Cordula Ditz, Raquel Meyers, Kathrin Günter, Dragan Espenschied, Dan Farrimond, LIA, Nadine Arbeiter, Juha van Ingen, Jarkko Räsänen, Kim Asendorf, Michael Borras aka Systaime, Internet Acronyms: Anne Horel, Erkka Nissinen

14th august -14th September 2014 // INTERNATIONAL TELETEXT ART FESTIVAL ITAF2014 in ARD Text (p.850 ->), ORF TELETEXT and ORF III Teletext (p. 470 ->), SWISS TELETEXT (p.750 ->) and arte Teletext (p.700 ->), DE, AT, CH

Participating artists:
Nadine Arbeiter, Kim Asendorf, Michaël Borras a.k.a Systaime, Max Capacity, Paul B. Davis, Maria Duncker, Dragan Espenschied, Dan Farrimond, Kathrin Günter, Anne Horel, Brendan Howell, Francis Hunger, Juha van Ingen, Marc Lee, Jürg Lehn, LIA, Raquel Meyers, Erkka Nissinen, Rich Oglesby, Seppo Renvall, Alex Rich, Jarkko Räsänen, Amanda Siegel and Kari Yli-Annala.

Teletext Art Achievement Award to artist Raquel Meyers (SWE).
Raquel Meyers was rewarded for her highly elaborated and unique style of her own; her outstanding technical expertise and ability of storytelling through the teletext format. The jury acknowledged especially how teletext art plays an integral role of her overall artistic work including embroidery and old computer technologies.

20th march – 22th april 2014 // INTERNATIONAL TELETEXT ART FESTIVAL ITAF Yle, Finland, FI
The artworks were broadcasted 20.3. – 22.4.2014. on Finnish teletext (pages 525 – 541).

The participating artists in ITAF Yle are :
LIA, Manuel Knapp, UBERMORGEN, Daniel Egg, Marc Lee, Raquel Meyers, Kathrin Günter, Max Capacity, Dragan Espenschied, Jarkko Räsänen, Goto80, Seppo Renvall , Dan Farrimond, Juha van Ingen, Cordula Ditz and John Lawrence.


‘Teletext in Europe. From the Analog to the Digital Era’/ Nordicom. This anthology, edited by Professor Hallvard Moe, University of Bergen, and Professor Hilde Van den Bulck, University of Antwerp, will fill the gap of knowledge of teletext in Europe.
Get the PDF version here!

Chapter ‘Is It Just Text?’ / Raquel Meyers
This chapter looks at teletext from the perspective of an artist and of its artistic value. It is argued that teletext is not just news on demand provided by television networks or a character set, and that it is about much more than nostalgia, profit, constraints, domesticity or zombie technology stored in a garage, because teletext performs in ways we have not fully designed it for and not yet fully understood. Teletext is compared to brutalist architecture with which it shares many similarities: text is used unadorned and roughcast, like concrete. Brutalism has an unfortunate reputation of evoking a raw dystopia and teletext evokes an “object of nostalgia,” It is a challenge and has the universal language of silence. The text further argues that using old technologies, like teletext, is a commitment that is at the same time a risk because it does not seek to forge a self-identity. It is a dialogue of possibilities rather than an ego-trip monologue with technology. And these possibilities are irrelevant to the individual’s self-identity and pursuits. Finally, the chapter also explores how teletext is not a physical object; it is the dark band dividing pictures horizontally on the television screen, used by the PAL system. Vertical-blanking-interval lines like REM (rapid eye movement) sleep intervals. A door to unlock the Imagination.

Keywords: teletext, art, grid, text characters, brutalism, imagination, media art


+ An exhibition in ARD Hauptstadtstudio exhibition space in Berlin and opening event in Galerie Musterzimmer, Berlin, DE

ARD Text Page 850 / SWISS TELETEXT page 750 / ORF TELETEXT Page 471

The festival opens on August 15th in Berlin at the ARD Hauptstadtstudio exhibition space were the ITAF works will be displayed untill the 15th September and continues in Filmkunstbar Fitzcarraldo with some program. The following day ITAF continues with a Teletext Cocktailparty in Musterzimmer Showroom for Contemporary Art. ITAF2013 will also be in the program of Ars Electronica Festival , Linz, Austria, 5.9.-9.9.2013

Participating artists:
LIA, Manuel Knapp, UBERMORGEN, Daniel Egg, Marc Lee, Raquel Meyers, Kathrin Günter, Max Capacity, Dragan Espenschied, Jarkko Räsänen, Seppo Renvall, Juha van Ingen, Cordula Ditz, John Lawrence and Goto80

Honorary mention to Raquel Meyers for her “The journey of the sun” image series in which she shows how the low-res Teletext technology can be employed for storytelling.

8th march-8th april 2012 / International Teletext Art Festival ITAF, Finland, FI
Inspired with the 30st anniversary of Teletext in Finland, FixCcooperative had produced a International Teletext Art Festival in collaboration with YLE.

The artists:
Ashley Anderson / Bym / Dan Farrimond / Dave Needham / Erkka Nissinen / Frederic Cambus / Fredrico Malaca / Gabriel de la Cruz / Guillermo Blanco / Janne Suni / Jarkko Räsäsnen / Juha van Ingen / Kari Yli-Annala / Max Capacity / Raquel Meyers / Rich Oglesby / Seppo Renvall