Lucashenardi | Meyer Speaks From Free Coffee

20 May 2017 – 17 Jun 2017

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Guillaume Daeppen

Basel, Switzerland


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After the final conversion of the analogue to the digital television almost three years ago, Luca Scherardi fell in with the use of the teletext - a highly appreciated medium - puzzling sentence combinations


Many of the teletext headlines of various TV stations were mixed up after this technical upheaval and intersected with each other, seemingly randomly reassembled. At the beginning of 2015, he came across the following message: "In Dresden, supporters of the Pegida alliance were again demonstrating in the evening, and about 17,000 Pegida activists came to the Semperoper. This seemed to Schenardi definitively documented and he began, The teletext of various channels daily to be photographed and photographed. Driven by raucous frenzy, he transcribed the faulty lines with black felt-tip pen and ink into self-made books of the size A5 and provided them with sketchy illustrations. Up to the present time twenty books have been produced with about eight hundred pages. 

The transcriptions, which are naturally connected with the day, seem sometimes to convey astounding truths, but they are entangled in perfect absurdity, as if trying to recount the events of war and misery disguised as Newsticker phrases. The closeness to the no less absurd, but seriously meant, everyday flooding newspapers - whether online or analogously - is astonishing. In Meyer speaks of Gratiscaffee , Schenardi lets the words drawn as wasp-disguised hoverflies - the great masters of mimicry - into the infotainment jungle. The book shows a selection from this book.

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