Playtime Feb03 2016, Amsterdam

The Flag Piece – Video

Flags are preposterous objects.

We’ve been educated to know and respect them. To bow to them. To fear them, and for good reason, as in most countries desecrating a flag/ the flag is an offence punishable by law.

Unsurprisingly, one experiences a voyeuristic pleasure in watching flags being cut up, like in this video “The Flag Piece” by YKON (a non-profit advocacy group for unrepresented nations, experimental countries and utopian thinkers). Flags belonging to 204 countries, recognized by the UN, were deconstructed and cut up into single colour elements and symbols. The resulting elements were then sewn together forming one giant transnational flag.

Still, it remains highly unlikely you’ll want to try this at home given the numerous sanctions that go with flag desecration, as the video abundantly shows.

This video was suggested to us in the Facebook event of Open Classroom #1.