ReConstitution 2008

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

Creative Direction
Design & User Experience
Data Visualization
Software Development

Boston Globe
Boston Magazine
New York Times
Washington Post
Information Aesthetics

Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mention
Transmediale Finalist

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. 

Live linguistic analysis of the 2008 Obama vs McCain presidential debate.
Words spoken by the candidates are sorted by frequency and colored by theme.
Recreating the video image of Obama through the words of the spoken transcript.
The software could recall any sentence previously spoken by the candidates.
This remix was performed live to a seated theater audience.
All graphics were created in realtime using the live transcript data.
Examining first, second, and third person language used by Obama and McCain.
Deliberately obscuring the audio, video image and transcript of the debates.
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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