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Teletext Art Contest

Block Party 2022

The public vote ran during our weekend gathering at Cambridge. Votes were accepted by email and on Twitter, but nobody chose the electronic route, so special thanks to all our exhibitors and visitors who shoved their slips in the brown box.

There were three categories:

Congratulations to our joint winners of the Novice category, spiny/TMT and Robert Hampton, and also Philip Heron, the highest-placed novice entrant in the Challenge category.

"Peace Dove" (spiny/TMT), "BBC Three Ceefax" (Robert Hampton), and "Falling" (Philip Heron.)

In a break from tradition, we have worthwhile prizes for them to claim: entry tickets to our host, The Centre for Computing History. The intended family ticket and runner-up adult tickets actually arrived as one voucher card, twice, so we hope the winners have big families.

Congratulations to Carl Attrill and Fidyan Genial, who respectively won the Veterans and Challenge categories. Special thanks to Andy Jenkinson, the winner of our previous challenge, who provided the theme for this year.

"Falling" (Fidyan Genial) and "Xenomorph" (Carl Attrill.)

Carl won a fabulous Teletext Holiday, if he can persuade their receivers to pay up, plus a bespoke Hama bead construction set, featuring most of the popular Level 1 teletext colours. Fidyan will be choosing the next art challenge, and if there are no local suppliers of plastic art beads, then we'll send another Hama pack to Indonesia.

Thank you to all our entrants and contributors, who collectively uploaded the following pages to Chunkytext. You can see them individually here, and also view the voting results in full.

In page order, Andy Jenkinson began with a touch of sophistication, while Dan Farrimond (and justadude) also scored a vote for each of their pages. Fidyan scored seven points over three pages, Wim's own take on "Falling" was audibly popular, and Robert Hampton scored six votes over his many pages. Nobody claimed responsibility for the first floppy-haired cartoon character.

Max Haarich pipped Jellica with the cat factor, I got some votes on the strength of my source material, and Einar might have scored if we could pick up the TV signal in Cambridge. Jason Robertson bamboozled us into a false prog rock diversion, while a juxtaposition by Gavin raised the terrifying prospect of Hamble educating the offspring of nuclear war survivors.

Peter Kwan scored his nul points with pride, though tius generated more critical interest than the raw numbers suggest. Mort Smith didn't know that he was entering, but Carl had no such excuse for his first attempt. Finally, Alistair Cree confirmed that two colours were enough for our voters.

We also discussed these works during a special retrospective episode of the Teletext Sofa Club.

More teletext art?

The contest is now closed and Chunkytext is dormant, but you can still make your own teletext pages.

I use the Teletext Page Editor, which comes with full instructions, easy export facilities, and allows even complete beginners to start writing rude words in seconds. Here's a postively ancient page which you can practice defacing, for example. Other editors are available, as explained by Dan Farrimond.

For inspiration and technical tips, please see Twitter, the Teletext Facebook Group, and the Teletext Discord Server. These are also good places to share your creations - we especially love to see work from newcomers to the scene.

Email: comments at arbitraryfiles.com

Updated 03-06-2022.