Here’s a glimpse of what Ryan Trecartin might have made had more of his influences been film. Who are these characters? They’re awkward misfits played by artists Mike Bailey-Gates and Claire Christerson—Mike and Claire. They’re posed, mid-action, though typically without any clear sense of purpose: What ARE they doing? Who knows.
The website for the 2013 International Teletext Art Festival has plenty of decent riffs on teletext. But possibly the most deeply affecting is, like the medium, the most bare bones. Marc Lee‘s “Breaking News” is just blinking: it blinks, therefore, it lives. Like an old neon light from the 1980s, or a rickety Wordpress platform which is plagued with daily crashes, ”Breaking News” is life on the Internet. Living on the edge. This is followed by the phrase “Im Winter ist es kalt.” Translation: ”In winter it is cold”. [h/t Michael Connor for Rhizome]