Teletext festival breathes life into old tech

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image captionSugar by Juha van Ingen

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

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image caption1914 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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image caption9999 percent by Kari Yli Annala

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

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image captionFrom 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.

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image captionSpectrum 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.

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image captionThread 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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image captionUntitled by LIA

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.

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image captionTwo is better than one by Nadine Arbeiter

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

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