the state of ‘Cowboy’ has emerged

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.

This project was a collaborative effort:
DESIGN, DIRECTION & DEVELOPMENT: Nick Adam
COMPUTATION STUDIES: Web Design, Media Art, and Javascript Programming, RISD 
PROFESSOR: Louis-Charles Tiar
TOOLS: Node, Websockets, HTML, Java Script 

the actions of each user is shared across all users browsers

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.

building the site in HTML, each star is set with a fixed position defined by X and Y viewport percentages 

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. 

users can actively set the emotional state they feel about the nation

building a websockets API for the site allows each user’s actions to be broadcast across every open browser window 

users tend to team-up in attempt to craft a totalizing narrative

the site functions as an infinite whack-a-mole as users undo each other’s state

Credits
This project was a collaborative effort:
DESIGN, DIRECTION & DEVELOPMENT: Nick Adam
COMPUTATION STUDIES: Web Design, Media Art, and Javascript Programming, RISD 
PROFESSOR: Louis-Charles Tiar
TOOLS: Node, Websockets, HTML, Java Script 
Exhibitied
GALLERY: Sol Koffler​​​​​​​ | EXHIBITION: To Whom It May Concern, RISD MFA Graphic Design Biennial