Universal Cloud Flag

Flags exist in different forms and materials, from a sewn fabric flag on a flagpole up to a GIF file. In essence they are man-made objects. Whether sewn, printed or of fog, their symbolic effect is a result of the prior production and its formal and informal use. The hoisting and waiving of a flag, but also burning or weeping for it, form all part of a complex performativity based in history. The flag supports the argument of a political, cultural and natural identity.

Peace Palace
The Hague, 2012

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Last January 18th, the Spanish artist Darya von Berner presented her most recent work Universal Cloud Flag.
The piece was shown at the Peace Palace in The Hague (Netherlands), which houses among others, the International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

The flag consists of a real cloud, which is released from the top of a flagpole.
The cloud is created with the help of a new nebulization technology, which employs high pressure to pulverise water into micro-particles, that can float in the air. The flagpole also emits light to enhance the visibility of the water particles.


Darya von Berner, 2012
Peace Palace
The Hague, Netherlands

Curator: Tom van Vliet

Prototype 2010
Spanish Patent Number: U201031307

Special collaboration:
Salvador Pérez Arroyo
Fog-Systems GmbH

Teknica Lighting Consulting

Camera: Ricardo Ortega
Post Production: Valeria Scaloni
Ó producciones: Julia Gómez Candela, Lilli Hartmann

With support of the Spanish Ministry of Culture



Photos: Piet Gispen and Ricardo Ortega