IndieCade Beyond Screens

Alternative Controller Show

A monthly interview show on the IndieCade Festival Twitch Channel, where creators of Alternative Controller games are invited to talk about and show off their work to a live audience.

Co-hosted with Tatiana Vilela dos Santos, the show is typically split into two-segments.

The first half is an interview looking back over the guest's portfolio and creative development. This segment is typically led by Tatiana, with Alistair serving a live-producer role to cue up appropriate video content to build context.

The second half is a more improvisation discussion, usually led by Alistair, where the guest shows off a work-in-progress project offering the viewer an under-the-hood look at some of their electronics. The show culminates in a live game played with the audience, sometimes using one of Alistair's Twitch bots, or by allowing the audience to remotely take part in one of the guest's games.


November 2021: Kaho Abe

With her background in fashion, Kaho's alternative controllers often centre around wearable components. Built into her work are discussions of what clothing means for identity in a technological world, as well as explorations of performance, scene-building and socialising through play.

October 2021: Remy Sohier

An interactive artist building games and installations for galleries, and academic researcher exploring the development of alternative controllers.

IndieCade Festival 2021

In addition to our Beyond Screens slot, Tatiana and I also hosted Day 2 of the IndieCade Anywhere & Everywhere Festival, running a series of interviews and live plays with the finalists

September 2021: Alistair Aitcheson

In this episode, Tatiana interviewed me about my own catalogue of work, and I got the audience playing with a new project which uses real paint and is controlled by Twitch Chat

August 2021: Julia Makivic

Julia makes custom controllers with an eye on fostering emotional connections, and uses custom-made objects as a way to involve playes in narratives

July 2021: Yann Seznec

A musician and technologist making musical objects out of defuct motion controllers and even mushroom spores. This episode featured a live-play of music-controlled robots which the audience piloted on Discord.

June 2021: Jerry Belich

May 2021: Enric Llagostera

Enric approaches alt-ctrl with an eye on politics and uses them to allow players to sit inside big political ideas. We talk about game hardware made of cardboard, designed to be adopted and adapted by anyone around the world regardless of budget.

April 2021: Helen Kwok & Chad Toprak

Chad Toprak has a long history of experimental control projects in games, including games played inside trains. Helen Kwok makes emotionally impactful installations involving fabric and wood. Together, they created Street Tape Games, a compendium of public outdoor games that make use of social distancing restrictions.

March 2021: Jess Rowan Marcotte & Dietrich "Squinky" Squinkifer

Two developers with a long history of collaboration and a focus on the weird, the humorous and the heartfelt. We talk about performative play and an ASMR game played by stroking a house plant.

February 2021: Phoenix Perry & Robin Baumgarten

Two titans of the London alt-ctrl scene. Phoenix Perry's Bot Party encourages players to join hands and explore with motion-controlled, touch-sensitive, smiley-faced boxes. Robin Baumgarten's iconic Wobbler projects are well known for their spectacle and simplicity. Both offer us a look inside the hardware they crafted.