Obama Versus McCain: The Remix

Parties, Festivals & Events — By on October 8, 2008 at 10:28 pm

Computer-savvy performance artists have invented a new political spin on the debates: real-time analysis. The show, called ReConstitution, is broadcast on a big screen using a computer software program especially designed to create live re-mixes of the debates. Its the brainchild of MIT grads Eric Gunther, Justin Manor, and John Rothenberg. The Boston-based group also runs the performance and visual arts collective known as SoSolimited.

As the candidates face off, the trio sit in front of the audience wearing black suits, donning sunglasses, and working their magic. They tally up key campaign words such as “terrorism” and “taxes,” remove the video’s background to make the candidate’s body language the sole focus, and morph the closed captioning into colored pixels. “We’re taking a live news event and translating the raw information into meaningful statistical analysis,” explains Manor.

These guys may mix things up, but the legibility of the underlying debate is maintained so you won’t miss a word! And for those who need additional stimulation, drinks will be served. If you didn’t catch their show in Boston on September 26th, or in New York City last night (the Lost Girls checked it out), you can still see them live at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. on October 15th.

ReConstitution 2008 – Live Presidential Debates Remix by Sosolimited from Sosolimited on Vimeo.

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