FLAG is a site-specific, interactive installation designed to invite play and reflection in a contested urban space.
On its surface, the work transforms a vacant storefront on into a surprising, responsive encounter with color and light. Its motion-activated spectrum is comprised of gridded illuminated columns that trace movements along the heavily-traveled Martin Street sidewalk.
But context of the piece encourages a deeper read. The colors that line the space evoke the rainbow pride flag. And the project blazons this image just a few blocks south of the North Carolina State Legislative Building, where the General Assembly has been engaged (from Amendment One to HB2) in targeting and demeaning the communities represented here.
FLAG invites a participatory response to the state’s politics. When every trigger is activated, the whole image glows. The installation is meant as a provocation, asking every person on the street to consider his or her relationship to the flag as a symbol, and to current and ongoing struggles for civil rights and a just society.