Vertical Interval Movement – Futura Nostra Est (2015)

Vertical Interval Movement – Futura Nostra Est (2015)
Dan Farrimond, Simon Rawles & Raquel Meyers

MANIFESTO (extract) – Full Text

‘Vertical Interval Movement / Futura nostra est’ is a project by Dan Farrimond, Simon Rawles and Raquel Meyers to create a new platform free and open for everyone without the control of corporations, private and public services, based on Teletext technologies.

“Is the internet overkill?”

Information-wise, the oft-cited contrast between ‘lo-tech’ and ‘hi-tech’ isn’t so great, since most people only skim the surface of the internet and process a minute sample of its vast pool of information. Websites condense key data down to one or two opening paragraphs before elaborating with further text, since many readers only have time to ascertain the general ‘essence’ of an article. The medium of teletext further compacts this information to just the necessary opening paragraphs, conveying data in as succinct a manner as possible.

In terms of storage, however, the size gap is considerable – whereas a typical teletext page takes up 1 kilobyte of data, the average web page may run into megabytes – a thousand times larger than its TV broadcast counterpart.

Is it entirely necessary to use so much bandwidth when the relatively economical, efficient and ecologically sound teletext exists? The internet can be viewed as wasteful indulgence of a convenience society, and teletext’s continued existence alongside this behemoth is proof that the commercial adage ‘bigger is better’ is not always correct.

The internet dilutes meaning with oversaturation of content. It is an all-you-can-eat buffet of information that may seem attractive, but there is no way a single user will ever be able to consume everything. In comparison, teletext can be described as a humble ham sandwich which, though less bombastic, performs much the same function – namely, satisfying your hunger (for information, in this instance).

Yet teletext is threatened by the enormous, obese predator that is the internet in a ‘survival of the FATtest’ commercial market. Thus goes the modern convenience paradox: it is impossible to keep up with the cumbersome and overbearing internet, but the relatively economical, direct and to-the-point teletext is an endangered species.