Herr Stückle

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Videotexting is an image-based, artistic, client-server based communication software. It converts a text message into a dynamically generated animation consisting of photographs or short video sequences of urban communication.

A registered user logs on to videotexten.de and sends a text message via e-mail. This text is stored in a database via server software. The server software sends an e-mail to the e-mail address specified by the sender, in which a link to videotexten.de appears. This link contains an assignment to the composed text message in the database. If the recipient calls up the specified link of the e-mail, the server software transmits a coded file, which is translated by the client software into an animation consisting of photographs and video sequences. Thus, the image data is not transmitted until the message is called.

The file transmitted to the client is text-based and contains, for each image stored in the image database, information about the word or symbol depicted on it, the photographer, the location where the image was taken, as well as annotations by the photographer and control information for the client. The text message is now converted into a sequence of photographs and video sequences for the recipient and played back.

All meta information, such as shooting location and annotations, can be displayed at the end of the message. If a word of the text message is not stored in the image database, it will be composed of individual letters.

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videotexten.de combines science, art and cross-platform client-server based software into one artistic work, and is therefore the intellectual property of:

Heiko Stückle
Kerpener street 75
50937 Cologne

The technique of collage is probably the artistic method and means of expression that, in many different variations, had the greatest influence on the art of the 20th century. At the beginning of the 20th century, the use of everyday objects and their fragments through gluing and artistic processing had the goal of giving the abstracting formal language of the cubists a higher character of reality. Pieces of patterned wallpaper, fabrics, printed letters and numbers from newspapers or posters – papiers collés – were the artistic material for Georges Braque’s Still Life with Fruit and Bowl (1912), which is considered the first painting created using the collage technique. As a means of artistic expression, collage stands at the beginning of the classical avant-garde movements and was adapted by a wide variety of styles. In the First Manifesto of Futurism (1909), Filippo Tommaso Marinetti propagated faith in the present and a vision of a future of unimagined human heights in every respect. He was joined by painters who depicted in their art the central themes of the then current urban society, the big cities, their noise and speed in traffic and entertainment venues, and their inherent power. The Futurists were particularly interested in the visual impact of words and writing. They demanded a dissolution of valid syntax and traditional static typography. In this way, they exerted a strong influence on the Dadaists and their sound poems. The latter used, among other things, the collage technique as a means of expressing their anti-artistic attitude. With photomontage, Hannah Höch developed a special form of collage that, by combining various photographic motifs, creates new pictorial content that also involves a critical examination of reality.

Videotexting can be classified in this tradition of collage and the critical examination of society and its change through new technical and technological possibilities. It uses the means available today of digital photography and the ever-increasing flood of images, of Web 2.0, in which every user can become an Internet maker at the same time, and of localization through the Global Positioning System (GPS), which makes it possible to locate any place in the intangibly large world. Focusing on the means of our everyday and universal linguistic communication, which functions in the form of words or pictograms, new compositions give rise to literary-artistic works.

On the first level of meaning, text messages composed by a sender and transmitted to a receiver are represented by means of videotexes made of words found and photographed in everyday life. The original meaning of the words, be they terms on street signs, billboards, construction sites, or parts of billboards, lose their everyday meaning, which is valid for every street participant, and are given an individual, personal meaning by the sender by means of videotexes, which is addressed exclusively to the one recipient. The general validity of the abstract signs for every participant of the urban everyday life is withdrawn and transformed into a new, personalized and only individually valid statement. Location information about the place where the used terms were found – as GPS data or through a written annotation by the photographer – lend the personal message a topographical assignment on a second level. The transmitted message thereby experiences a topographical map and reflects the ever larger, ever faster and ever more necessary mobility of our society. On a third level, the individual words contain stories about their origin and creation or about the associations made during the photographer’s visual selection. These can be as much experiences during the photographing process as reasons for the selection or feelings and thoughts about the terms. Strung together, they lend an overarching, uncontrollable narrative to the text message, which is determined solely by the sender. Each impersonal word of the public world, valid for everyone, thus becomes not only the bearer of a single personal meaning conveyed by the sender in his text message, but is at the same time the bearer of a personal remark by the photographer.
By Dr. Gundula Lang, 2011

Annotation Hab dich lieb!
Location München, Ligsalzstrasse
Date 23.12.2009
Annotation Sein oder nicht Sein.
Location Köln, Kerpener Straße
Date 10.09.2011
Annotation soooooooooooo…weich!
Location Köln, Weißenburgstraße
Date 26.09.2008
Annotation Vorsicht…
Location München, Ligsalzstrasse
Date 17.6.2007
Annotation 24/7
Location Köln, Zülpicher Straße
Date 6.5.2015
Annotation Kugelfisch.
Location Köln, Neusser Straße
Date 21.12.2008
Annotation Überraschung
Location Köln, Ehrenfeldgürtel
Date 15.9.2011
Annotation Punkt. Mein Letztes Wort.
Location Oostende
Date 22.09.2008
Annotation so ist es…
Location Köln, Ubierring
Date 28.03.2010
Annotations Herzinfarkt.
Location München, Arnulfstraße
Date 03.06.2007
Annotations Dieses Gesindel überall!
Location Köln, Hauptbahnhof
Date 28.03.2010
Annotation Achtung.
Location Köln, Kerpener Straße
Date 8.5.2015
Annotation o.k, o.k!
Location Köln, Christophstraße
Date 13.09.2008


Annotation uuuuuuuuuh, bin ich zu!
Location Berlin, Potsdamer Straße
Date 31.12.2006
Annotation …zu Analog.
Location Köln, Greinstraße
Date 12.10.2014
Annotation Las dir raten, trinke Spaten.
Location München, Marsstraße
Date 03.06.2007
Annotation Voll wie Haubitze!
Location Köln, Konarad-Adenauer-Ufer
Date 28.03.2010
Annotation Wen nehme ich auf die Insel mit?
Location Köln, Sudermannplatz
Date 30.12.2009
Annotation Nachhaltige Kommunikation
Location Oostende
Date 22.9.2008
Annotation Versteh ich nicht. Tut mir leid.
Location Ulm, Hauptbahnhof
Date 13.09.2008
Annotation Da nach da.
Location Berlin, Unter den Linden
Date 29.12.2006
Annotation Mach auf!
Location Ulm, Frauenstrasse
Date 22.09.2008
Annotation Ja, hallo?
Location München, Westendstraße
Date 03.06.2007
Annotation Was?
Location München, Müllerstraße
Date 03.06.2007
Annotation Jeden Tag aufs Neue.
Location Köln, Ägidiusstraße
Date 09.03.2013
Annotation Punkt. Mein Letztes Wort.
Location Oostende
Date 22.09.2008