Winners Announced for The !!!!!!!!!!!!! Competition
June 26, 2012
Top prize: ‘H. Ferriss’s Paris Visit’ by Francisco Villeda
The results are in for Reality Cues‘ !!!!!!!!!!! Competition, which asked the internet to show the Librarian just what the “Architecture of OMG” looks like. Contestants were given eight images to modify and manipulate beyond all logic and decency so as to create new virtual architectures of their own. A flood of entries (nearly 100) came pouring in, each one fantastic, phantasmagoric, nihilistic, and slightly demented in its own way. Ultimately, victory would go to Francisco Villeda, whose entry (pictured above) depicted a clone stamp city of ubiquitous infrastructural Tours St. Jacques stretching out into space. For his efforts, he’ll be taking home a Reality Cues’ hacked version of Hasbro’s ‘Operation’ game (entitled “Keep off the Grass!!!”), while the best in each category will be receiving a Lego Cube!!!! with secrets inside.
So what did the jury have to say? The sheer number and zaniness of the entries drove some to grand pronouncements, with Chris Barley, the Future—Predictor himself, claiming that The !!!!!!!!!!!! competition threw down “the digital gauntlet and reclaims architecture’s position as the mother of all arts.” Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan offered some wise words, calling for a reprieve from an internet design culture “gripped by mediocrity of a single overriding style diktat”. Still, it all proved a bit scary for Juergen Mayer H. (“Spooky”) and more than a little despairing for others. Oh, and consider Archistophanes pwned.
First place prize: “Keep Off The Grass!!!” Hacked Version of Hasbro’s Operation
‘Virtual personal geographies form after digital information gets out of control!!’ by Harry Bix
‘Flip One’s Lid’ by Robert Salmon
‘Is there a Place in the World He Doesn’t Get To?’ by Marc Deuschle
‘Cassette Player Ruin’ by Rajiv Fernandez
‘La Tour St. Jacques La Boucherie Lighthouse’ by Yovcho Gorchev
‘Delirious’ by Emily Fischer
Head over to Reality Cues to see all of the entries.