Since its 2012 premiere launched by Helsinki-based FixC Collective (FI), the International Teletext Art Festival ITAF has been viewed by two million art aficionados in Finland, France, Austria, Germany and Switzerland. It showcases visual art that’s been created expressly for teletext, a medium launched in 1974 by the BBC. The works singled out for recognition this year that are being presented at the 2015 Ars Electronica Festival explore the aesthetic-artistic latitude this television application provides.
The 15 artists/artist groups featured in the 2015 festival who are also competing for the Teletext Art Prize are: Bakketun & Norum (NO), Christina Kramer (DE), Emilie Gervais (FR), Holger Lippmann (DE), Ian Gouldstone (US), Karin Ferrari (AT), MadAsHell (US), Maria Lavman Vetö (SE), Matthias Moos (CH), Max Capacity (US), Paula Lehtonen (FI), Ryo Ikeshiro (JP), Bernhard Garnicnig & Lukas Heistinger (AT), Rich Oglesby (GB) and Rainer Kohlberger (AT).
The 2015 Teletext Art Prize jury members are: last year’s winner Dan Farrimond (GB), artist Raquel Meyers (ES) and curator and art historian Pontus Kyander (SE).
The 2015 festival is curated by Juha van Ingen from FixC cooperative. ITAF starts on August 13th and is broadcasted for one month in ORF TELETEXT and ORF III TELETEXT (beginning page 470), ARD Text, SWISS Teletext and arte Teletext. The teletext page numbers, information on participating artists and an archive of past festivals are available on line www.teletextart.com