What is the State of the States?
This contemplative, computation project explores national visual identity and responsiveness in regards to the emotional state of the Union. Just as the stars on the U.S. flag represent the states of the nation, with a click of the mouse users can change a star to represent the emotional state they feel about the nation.
In gaming vernacular, this site could be referred to as a mechanical turk, infinite whack-a-mole. I have coded the site in Node so the server will collect, store, and display back all actions of all users across all browser windows. Meaning users can see what other users are doing.
At a moment when part of the population seeks to be ”great again“, perhaps the U.S. has both an identity and a history problem. By my quick count, the U.S. has had 47 flags, the first six having no stars. Beyond the thirteen-bars representation of the of the current flag, the Encyclopædia Britannica states that the red bars symbolize valor, and the white bars symbolize purity. Perhaps a shift to a flag with no bars might help refocus the national dialog on the present rather than the past, as well, away from toxically-misinterpreted ideas like purity.