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R. Luke DuBois, A More Perfect Union: Lonely, 2011, ink on paper, 18 x 24".

R. Luke DuBois

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R. Luke DuBois, A More Perfect Union: Lonely, 2011, ink on paper, 18 x 24".

Curious about the geographic distribution in the United States of men and women who characterize themselves as, say, submissive, shy, bored, or lonely? If so, you’ll likely be delighted by R. Luke DuBois’s project “A More Perfect Union,” 2008–, for which he created statistical maps of the nation describing the ways in which people represent themselves on online dating services—and the qualities those people are seeking in a possible mate. In 2010, DuBois, who might be considered something of a polymath (he is an artist, composer, performer, and a coauthor of the software Jitter, which facilitates real-time manipulation of data), joined twenty-one online dating services (these included match.com, chemistry.com, eharmony.com, christianmingle.com, gay.com, blacksingles.com, and jdate.com); then, utilizing custom software he had been developing since 2008, he compiled and analyzed

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