Teletext is an electronic communications system that displays printed information on television. You know those news bits and diagrams on TV? That’s basically teletext. It’s considered an often unused and antiquated medium and isn’t a popular platform for art, but a community of enthusiasts hopes to change that perception by showcasing what kind of art work you can do with the platform.
The International Teletext Art Festival (ITAF) aims to bring teletext art closer to the public. The first teletext art festival was launched last year by the Helsinki-based independent artists cooperative FixC, in cooperation with YLE, a Finnish television channel, and the Germany-based ARD Text.
This year, the ITAF will feature the works of 16 video artists. The festival opened last August 15th at the ARD Hauptstadtstudio exhibition space in Berlin, where the artists’ works will be on display until September 15th. The teletext art festival is also featured in the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria.
For those who can’t run to Berlin or Linz, they can check out the teletext art pieces at the ARD Text site from page 850, at ORF Teletext starting from page 470, and at SWISS Teletext on pages 750 to 764.