“U.S.N.Z. Flag” (Digital Paintings, 2009, thanks to Tao Wells)

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Designs for a new New Zealand flag representing our nations unconscious split-personality (the motherland on one side, the fatherland on the other). Inspired by Tao Wells’ Global American Flags, Michael Billig’s Banal Nationalism (thanks to Robyn Kenealy) and the Herald’s call for a new NZ flag in 2009 (given support by National leader and current prime-minister John Key, as well as 11 members of the so-called ‘Order of New Zealand’).

“The central thesis of the present book is that, in the established nations, there is a continual ‘flagging’, or reminding, of nationhood. The established nations are those states that have confidence in their own continuity, and that, particularly, are part of what is conventionally described as ‘the West’. The political leaders of such nations – whether France, the USA, the United Kingdom or New Zealand – are not typically termed ‘nationalists’. However, as will be suggested, nationhood provides a continual background for their political discourses, for cultural products, and even for the structuring of newspapers. In so many little ways, the citizenry are daily reminded of their national place in a world of nations. However, this reminding is so familiar, so continual, that it is not consciously registered as reminding. The metonymic image of banal nationalism is not a flag which is being consciously waved with fervent passion; it is the flag hanging unnoticed on the public building.” (Michael Billig, Banal Nationalism)

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  1. James

    This is the worst ever flag I have seen. If you think for a moment that new zealanders would prefer to be affiliated with the real axis of evil rather than the commonwealth, not only are you plainly stupid, but also less than welcome. I suggest you remove this post as it is defaming the New Zealand flag in a way that is extremely offensive to New Zealanders in general, and by the way, go and study some political history, there are very few countries that have on numerous stood up to the states and got their point across without bloodshed. By the way, personally, I think only a person that has absolutely no idea what New Zealanders represent or the values that they hold would even concieve such an idea as this flag. Why would we want to make ourselves a trarget of hate. Take you stripes and do with them what you please, but if you have nothing constructive to add, don’t.

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