With a teletext character we can build everything we want without falling into excess, an openended form of defiance against reassurance. ‘Inattention’ started as six teletext pages for the exhibition ‘ORF TELETEXT trifft Kunst’ at Ars Electronica 2019. In 2020, the project expanded to a Teletext- based animation made at the Residency Irudika 2020 and, it was finished in confinement on May 3, 2020, in Angoulême. 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. A message in an unknown language that we are still learning and have so much to say. The future doesn't need us, reason and life submit to the ferocity of financial mathematics, algorithms and technology. What awaits us is a techno-medieval version where all stored knowledge will be reduced to premium access or simply disappear leaving the cloud in ruins for us.
The Internet is destined to collapse but its legacy will become an aestheticized version for contemplation, a full-blown ruinenwert. Humans will be reduced, rather than to relics, to techno-rubble. It will cost us a lot not to end up as the Anthropocene’s debris, but we can still resist.
Teletext is a news and information service in the form of text and graphics, transmitted using the spare capacity of existing television channels to televisions with appropriate receivers. What the viewer sees on the screen of his teletext TV is a page of characters, 40 in a row, 20-24 rows, 800-960 characters per page. These characters can be presented in a limited number of colours, including coloured backgrounds, and the character set contains all the letters of the alphabet (both uppercase and lowercase), numbers, punctuation marks, special symbols, and graphics. Teletext is a silent medium, as there are no narrators, but users must read the information from the television screen, transforming the characters with their imagination.
CREDITS AND LINKS
1.Still from Inattention.
2.'Inattention' created at the Residency “Irudika - Acción Cultural Española, AC/E 2020” at Fundación BilbaoArte Fundazioa (Bilbao) & La Maison des Auteurs (Angoulême), 2020.
3.‘Inattention’, ORF TELETEXT meets art, Ars Electronica Center, Deep Space 2019.
LINK TO TEXT - Is It Just Text?