by Evan Bissell, Design and Programming by Erik Loyer
The Knotted Line is an interactive, tactile laboratory for exploring the historical relationship between freedom and confinement in the geographic area of the United States. The project features artist and project director Evan Bissell’s miniature paintings of over 50 historical moments from 1945 to 2025, set within a fluid interface that entices users to “tear open” the fabric of history to reveal its interconnecting threads.
Across the 25,000 pixel wide timeline, a spectrum of visuals and historical events are available to be explored.
Users can add their own comments in response to questions posed by the interface.
The publishing platform Scalar is used to deliver the content and data that drives the tactile experience, and Scalar’s own interface serves as the vehicle for additional educational resources surrounding each historical moment.