ORF TELETEXT meets art

Nadine Arbeiter (DE), Cordula Ditz (DE), Daniel Egg (AT), Dan Farrimond (UK), Juha van Ingen (FI), Joey Holder (UK), Kathrin Günter (DE), Raquel Meyers (ES), Matthias Moos (CH), Niccolò Moronato (IT), Jarkko Räsänen (FI), Seppo Renvall (FI) and UBERMORGEN (AT/CH/USA)

Fri Sep 6, 2019, 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
All times are given in Central European Summer Time (CEST / UTC +2).
Ars Electronica Center, Deep Space

While at the teletext hackathon in POSTCITY five artists are creating live teletext art and the audience is invited to use the teletext software creatively on site, at Deep Space 8K the teletext exhibition ORF TELETEXT meets art will be shown. It is rare to have the opportunity to experience teletext art on 16 by 9 meters!

Teletext was originally launched by the BBC in 1974 (known as Ceefax), ORF and ARD started to offer Teletext in 1980; technically it is almost unchanged since then. A teletext page can be perceived as a grid of 24 rows and 40 columns. Each part of the grid can be used for a letter, a number, a special character, a control character or up to six graphic pixels. To change the colors of the graphics, text and background or to add a blink effect, a control character needs to be inserted. Each time a control character is placed it uses up one space in the grid, which then appears black. And you only have six colors, black, and white.

The success of the teletext medium, which has also been available on the Internet and as an app for many years, is due, among other things, to its simplicity of use, its high technical distribution and, of course, its actual content.

Project Credits:

  • ORF TELETEXT trifft Kunst 19.09.2019 – 29.09.2019 
  • ORF TELETEXT (from page 840)
  • ARD Text (from page 840)
  • Cooperation: ORF, ARD and the artists’ cooperative FixC