Visitors to Denver’s new Center for Empowered Living and Learning (The CELL) are plunged into a multimedia experience designed to explore one of the most important issues of our time: the threat of global terrorism. Through museum-wide audio, video and control systems designed and furnished by Electrosonic, visitors follow The CELL’s dynamic inaugural exhibit; "Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere: Understanding the Threat of Terrorism.”

A non-profit, non-partisan institution, The CELL is dedicated to educating citizens about terrorism. The exhibit is highly experiential and brings the pervasive threat of global terrorism to life through compelling graphics, sophisticated computer interactives and leading-edge audio and visual techniques.

Working with the museum’s director and exhibit designers, HKD, Electrosonic Design Consulting designed a system to accommodate the unique audio, video and control needs of the museum.

The CELL occupies the ground floor under the Museum Residences complex. Electrosonic Design Consulting was challenged by the scope of the requirements in a relatively small footprint. The first thing seen by visitors to the new museum is three rear-projection screens displaying the Faces of Terror – a synchronized video exhibit featuring static images of both terrorists and their victims.

One of the more challenging exhibits for the design team was the Hitting Home area. Electrosonic Design Consulting was tasked with enclosing the entire irregularly-shaped room with video images to offer a truly immersive experience. Thirty rear-projection screens surround the visitors and display, in sync, the realities of terrorism. Another larger exhibit called Terrorism & The Media features two 65-inch plasma screens topped by a pair of LED tickers displaying relevant quotes.

The next area, Voices of Hope, is outfitted with two interactive stations. The exhibit winds up with experts and world leaders discussing how to combat global terrorism on four custom solid-state computer workstations with touch screens.

In one of the final exhibits, a 65-inch plasma screen with built-in speakers displays interview footage of former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, former Mayor of Oklahoma City and the Mayor of Denver.

When it comes to global terrorism, one of the most important plans of action is to provide awareness to the public. Electrosonic Design Consulting provided the best system design possible to convey all of the museum’s exhibits in an interactive and media driven fashion.



Nineteen LCD screens play synchronized videos documenting the evolution of terrorism and featuring interviews with experts from around the world.