The International Teletext Art Festival ITAF2015

in ARD Text (p.801 >), ORF TELETEXT and ORF III TELETEXT (p.470 >), Swiss Text (p.754 – 769 , SRF 1, RTS Un and RSI LA 1) and arte Teletext (p.700 >)

ITAF starts on August 13th and is broadcasted for one month in ARD Text, ORF TELETEXT and ORF III TELETEXT, Swiss Text and arte Teletext. It will be also part of the Ars Electronica Festival 2015 “Post City”, in Linz/Austria, September 3rd to 7th  2015. Since it was launched in 2012 the International Teletext Art Festival ITAF has been enjoyed by over two million people in Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria and Finland. The festival can be experienced in millions of private homes which makes it one of the biggest media art events in the world.

The idea of the festival, which was founded by the Finnish artist cooperative FixC, is to explore the creative aspects of teletext by inviting artists to create art works in teletext format and to broadcast the results to the public.

Teletext is an economical broadcasting format where the essential information is delivered using a technology first launched in 1970′s by BBC and has since been used daily by millions of people for over 40 years.  Technically a teletext page is based on pixels and can be perceived as a grid of 24 rows and 40 columns. The teletext palette has only six colors plus white and black and special effects are limited to blink-effect making it a challenging platform for the participating artists.


This summer, the festival goes into the fourth round. 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).

A jury of experts will award one of the participating artists with the Teletext Art Prize 2015. The public also has the opportunity to vote for his/her favorite work of art.


This year the public is encouraged to expand the festival experience in their homes by inviting friends and dressing up teletext style or cooking a teletext dinner. To share the experience people are invited to document the festival in their home and send in photos which will be posted as a part of ITAF on a Tumblr photo blog ( and presented at the ITAF finissage at the FISH gallery Helsinki.

The International Teletext Art Festival ITAF2015 is a FixC co-operative project made in collaboration with ARD Text, ORF TELETEXT , Swiss Text and arte Teletext

The 2015 festival is curated by Juha van Ingen from FixC cooperative, Helsinki/Finland.

All images on the website are copyright of the artists!

Special thanks to: ARD Text, Frauke Languth ORF Teletext, Julia Gessl Media archaeologist, Erkki Huhtamo PLÜGER68, Anja Bischoff Sanara Creations Microtel a project created by Lektrolab Matti Rämö, YLE, Finnish national broadcasting company and all the participating artists!

Supported by: FRAME Visual Art Finland