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ARD/ARTE Artist in Residence September 2016 – images

Artist statement

Dan Farrimond teletext selfie

Dan Farrimond, Teletext Artist

I like teletext because it’s one of the purest forms of digital art, established in the 1970s and used widely to this day, which is great testament to it.

It’s uncomplicated, simple, and you could pick it up within an hour. Yet at the same time, it’s capable of so much more than football results or lists of stock market fluctuations.

Early teletext art involved entering blocks of data with clunky keyboards. Technology has developed considerably since then – scanners, light pens and various accessories have made the process of creating teletext art much easier.

But the maxim ‘teletext is for text’ remains true to this day. Hence, making teletext art feels as though you’re doing something you’re not supposed to, and it’s that danger that attracts me to it.

So why teletext? Well, why not teletext? I believe it’s as addictive as refreshing a Twitter page constantly.

But most of all, teletext art is fun – it never takes itself too seriously.

Images

All pictures must be credited to Dan Farrimond. Click for piece titles. Other images available on request.

Selected press coverage

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‘You can do really crazy things’: artwork created using teletext in Cambridge , Cambridge News (26 February 2017)

Teletext – technological normcore. The Czechs love him humble, lenders and artists , Czech Radio (20 December 2016)

An abandoned technology gets repurposed to make retro art , Vice Creators Project (1 October 2016)

Teletext artist turning news into art in Germany, BBC News (8 September 2016)

The purest form of digital art , Deutschlandfunk (1 September 2016) [German]

Colourful images for teletext , Deutschlandradiokultur (30 August 2016) [German]

Teefax & teletext art feature, Good Morning Wales, BBC Radio Wales [Radio interview] (11 August 2016)

Teefax feature, ITV News at Ten [Television news story] (10 August 2016)

Nostalgia Geeks Join Slow Tech Movement, James Dean, The Times (10 August 2016) (Newspaper clipping)

How Teletext and Ceefax are Coming Back From the Dead, James O’Malley, Techradar (6 August 2016)

Reclaiming retro with Teletext Art: Interview, Benedict Tetzlaff-Deas, The Indie-Pendent (15 March 2016)

The Teletext Salvagers: How VHS is Bringing Teletext back from the dead, James O’Malley, Alphr (7 March 2016)

Dan Farrimond, Teletext related Q&A, Nicholas Lo Turco, Another Original Blog (26 January 2015)

Teletext Art by Dan Farrimond, Robert Foster, Canvas by Grolsch (15 September 2014)

ITAF14 Teletext Art Prize Winners: Press Release, Teletextart.com (12 September 2014)

The Retro Aesthetics of Teletext Art, Claire Voon, Hyperallergic (14 August 2014)

Teletext Art, BBC Radio Kent: Drivetime with Dominic King [Radio interview] (14 August 2014)

Pretty Pixels: Teletext Art, BBC World Service: World Update with Dan Damon [Radio interview] (13 August 2014)

Teletext art, Angus Montgomery, Design Week (8 July 2014)

Teletext festival breathes life into old tech, BBC Technology (7 July 2014)

Teletext Lives On, Rachael Steven, Creative Review (2 July 2014)

Steam Release: NPPD Rush: The Milk of Ultra Violet feat. teletext artwork by Dan Farrimond (13 February 2014) (Press release)

Interview with Computer Arts for the 2013 International Teletext Art Festival by Neil Bennett (21 August 2013)

Teletext Unplugged: ITAF12, Wired Magazine (6 June 2012)