The Interactive Constitution installation is part of the new Civil War and Reconstruction gallery at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The full installation consists of three interactive kiosks: one for each of the Reconstruction amendments (the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments to the Constitution).
Each piece is made up of a screen and a slanted Corian touch surface. The text of each amendment is physically printed onto the Corian surface, giving visitors a tactile experience. As a visitor touches each phrase of the amendment, that clause lights up, illuminated by a projector above, and an overview of the primary concept underlying that portion appears, along with related media.
As visitors continue their exploration, they can learn about related events, grounding the amendments in their historical context. Finally, visitors can dive deeper and look at selected drafts the led up to the final, ratified version. This part of the experience encourages analysis at a phrase-by-phrase level, letting visitors better understand the language being debated and what compromises legislators made. Visitors can even compare drafts against other drafts or the final text.
Role: Technical Lead
Selected technologies: C++, Cinder, OpenGL, OSC