Datagården is a teletext cemetary with obituaries of people’s online lives. Some of the information is actually taken from the internet but some of it is fictional. As speculations about how auto-generated and unauthorized obituaries can look like in the future. (only without the ads!)
It was built (mostly) during Art Hack Day Stockholm at Bonniers Konsthall by me, Raquel Meyers and Possan. We used tools developed beforehand by Peter Kwan. Possan managed to stream video in real-time to teletext the so called DIYobituary. I did music, text and ideas.
We also added video feedback by filming the screen and sending the signal back to the TV, while showing teletext in transparent mode.
This connected to the theme Larger Than Life in several ways. Most obviously by the semi-fake use of the collective consciousness of the internet. But also by using an ambiguous medium like teletext. While often described as dead, it is in fact the largest single mass medium in Sweden with 2 million daily users (20% of the population).
And on a more philosophical note, teletext exists somewhere inbetween digital and analogue, text and graphics, video and data, screen and stream. You can’t record teletext because it’s inbetween everything. Just like death. Uh, or life?
> Article in Computer Sweden (in Swedish)
> Photos/pictures by Raquel Meyers
> Photos by Possan