Long may it wave is a project that began in Madrid. It consists of exploring the public space of the city in order to search, locate and map the flags that wave at buildings of the Nicosia and Ljubljana historic centre, either national, european, local, turkish or other kind of flags. Based on these map spots marked, we propose and do an alternative city tour from flag to flag as a new (non)touristic route. This itinerary is done by a local guide and registered with a video that accompanies the interactive map of the tour.
Long may it wave takes its name from a 1914 movie featuring Oliver Hardy. In the movie, a man takes his wife to a play, where all situations are resolved with a wave of the US flag. He tries the same one night when he comes home drunk, but waving the flag doesn’t save him from his wife’s wrath. This seems a right metaphor to describe the flags symbolic power.
The project is in between the live art and the new media art, since it combines urban space interventions with digital mapping and video tools.
It is also a site-specific proposal since both cities are capitals of state, that is to say, a symbol of economic power (even if it is a questioned power because of the present crisis or the political situation), as it is Madrid, where we first started the project ( www.azaharacerezo.com/longmayitwave).