ReConstitution 2008

A series of live audiovisual remixes of the 2008 US Presidential Debates.

ReConstitution was a live audiovisual remix of the 2008 Presidential debates. There were three performances in three cities, Boston, New York, and Washington DC, each coinciding with the live broadcast of the debates.

We designed software that allowed us to sample and analyze the video, audio, and closed captioned text of the television signal. Through a series of visual and sonic transformations we reconstituted the material, revealed linguistic patterns, exposed content and structures, and fundamentally altered the way in which the debates were watched.

The transformed broadcast was projected onto a movie screen for a seated audience. This work was an Ars Electronica Prix Honorable Mention and a Transmediale Festival finalist. 


Creative Direction

Design & User Experience

Data Visualization

Software Development

Recreating the video image of Obama through the words of the spoken transcript.
All graphics were created in realtime using the live transcript data.
Press & Accolades

“An act both of political engagement and mischief, examining the language of politics while gently mocking its repetitious nature with a kind of scorecard.”

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