A Night of Hackery

Posted By Robert Matney on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 |

Tonight I am working furiously with (the formidable programmer) Tim Thomas to finish out a prototype of data capture and visualization for real time voting, just in time for Sunday’s reading of Deus Ex Machina.

We are using Twilio as our vote collection system for this prototype, and leveraging the base votr code built by a Twilio staff member. And customizing like mad to bring the data visualization into better shape, to eliminate extraneous elements, and making administration more clean, useful, verbose (where needful), and functional.

If all goes well, the technology will feel submerged and natural enough, our audience won’t even realize they are making history by participating in what we believe is the first example of scripted performance whose narrative trajectory branches to twelve options governed wholly by the voting inputs of an audience in real time.