This was a custom award designed for the winner of the IGF Alt.Ctrl.GDC Award in 2018. It is a faux television with eight virtual channels, a power switch with brightness setting, a flickering TV backlight, conductive antennas, and a thermal printer for the interface and screen.
When the TV is first turned on the screen prints nothing but static, random characters that fill the viewing space. Changing the channels simply prints different screens of more static. If you adjust the antennas, after a few seconds the static will clear and the current channel will print out a scene of ascii art representing the content of that channel. It could be a scary movie, a nature show, cooking show, sci-fi, etc. But one of the channels is the IGF Awards show. It will print an initial screen saying as much as well as the impending winner of the award. After a few seconds the ‘screen’ will update printing out the actuall winner of the award itself, completing the journey.
- It was the Alt.Ctrl.GDC Award!
- San Francisco, CA — March 20, 2018