Teletext festival breathes life into old tech

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Teletext is not quite dead yet thanks to Berlin's International Teletext Art Festival.

1914 The Teletext Engine by Dan Farrimond 1914 The Teletext Engine by Dan Farrimond

The annual event showcases the work of artists who have repurposed the medium to create striking images.

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Some of the images include lucky fortune cats, Mozart and The A-Team's Mr-T.

From the series Internet Acronyms by Anne Horel From the series Internet Acronyms by Anne Horel

Teletext, a British invention from the 1970s phased out in the UK in 2012, is a television information retrieval service.

Spectrum balls by Kim Asendorf Spectrum balls by Kim Asendorf

Despite teletext's limitations, artists from across the world have pushed the ageing tech to its limit to create an impressive collection of retro illustrations.

Thread of Fate by Raquel Meyers Thread of Fate by Raquel Meyers

The festival, in its third year, will be run by Finnish art collective FixC, from 14 August to 14 September 2014.

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After the BBC announced it would no longer broadcast Ceefax, the world's first teletext service, many users took to the web to wish the service a fond farewell.

Two is better than one by Nadine Arbeiter Two is better than one by Nadine Arbeiter

Despite its decline in the UK, teletext remains popular in many European countries.

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