The Democracy Machine - Sandpit

Arts South Australia
The Democracy Machine

THE BRIEF..........................

To create an interactive installation celebrating the history of democracy in South Australia.

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THE PROJECT.........................

The Democracy Machine is an interactive artwork that explores an eclectic slice of South Australia’s history of democracy, uncovered through a unique interactive voting process.

The Democracy Machine transports you back in time to vote on some of the most fascinating and compelling moments in South Australia’s past – from before the state’s founding right up to the present day and beyond.

Museum visitors learn about the history of democracy via a fun and surprising technical solution. Upon entering the exhibition, they are confronted with an enrolment station designed by Renate Henschke and built by Justin Hermes. A large button dispenses your very own ‘vote card’, inside is a cleverly disguised NFC tag.

Below the screen are six custom built voting booths, each containing two colour-coded NFC readers. Visitors tap their 'vote card' to the corresponding reader and votes are tallied in real time, displayed on screen and compared to the historical result.

After visiting the installation, visitors can take their vote cards home, enter a unique ID into a custom designed website, and see a record of their votes as well as historical information.  

Want to learn more about the process behind building The Democracy Machine? Read an article about prototyping it here

 

THE TECHNOLOGY..........................

NFC, raspberry pi, projection

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WHAT'S BEEN SAID..........................

“We have been working with Sandpit for the last few months on the development of The Democracy Machine, which will feature in the Centre of Democracy, opening in Adelaide in May 2017. The process has been one of collaboration and creative partnership, involving a range of stakeholders including the exhibition designers. The pleasure of the process can be seen in the outcome to date; stage one showed a wonderful combination of story, historical sources, digital technology and physical interactivity.”

Mandy Paul, Director
Migration Museum, History Trust of South Australia

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