PHOTOS courtesy National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution
Orlando, FL USA – The Inka Road, one of history’s monumental engineering achievements, connected much of South America during the Inka Empire. The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington, D.C. has opened an exhibition documenting the 24,000-mile marvel. “The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire” shows how the thoroughfare crossed mountains, deserts and rivers to link the far reaches of the Inka world. Dating from the 14th century, the road still serves contemporary Andean communities.
Electrosonic provided A/V support for the 8,540-square foot exhibition and continued a tradition of utilizing Alcorn McBride equipment for NMAI. “We have used Alcorn McBride players, especially Binloops, in the museum since it opened in 2004,” says Chris Cooper, Project Manager at Electrosonic. “The museum staff is familiar with the products and we’re very comfortable with Alcorn McBride and their technology.”
Electrosonic installed a two-channel A/V Binloop HD to drive two of the museum-produced videos in the exhibition. One channel feeds a small theater playing “The Living Road.” It shows the continuity of Inka culture today, how the road binds communities together and how the traditions of the ancestors live on. The second channel drives a 32-inch LED display which plays “Inka Road Flyover.” This animated map demonstrates the magnitude, complexity and enormous scale of the road system.
Electrosonic also deployed Alcorn McBride’s AM-4 Digital Audio Machine to feed a single overhead speaker to accompany a video on the “Purification Ritual.” In that segment an older man recalls his boyhood when he had to bathe himself before entering the sacred Inka capital of Cusco.
“The AM-4 is the perfect piece of gear for this application,” notes Cooper. “We know Alcorn McBride very well; we’ve worked closely with them for a long time. It was logical to choose their gear for ‘The Great Inka Road,’ and it’s all working flawlessly.”
The exhibition at NMAI runs through June 1, 2018.