For the 2019 Gwanju Design biennial, curator Chull Kang invited us to imagine a United Korean Flag with the prompt:
"Design the era. How do designers contribute to the development of history?
Every citizen of the world agrees that peace on the Korean peninsula is an axis of world peace in the 21st century.
If the 'designer' takes the lead in the advancement of human history, is there any more wonderful opportunity? Great design is the design of the times. The hopes of global designers sincerely praying for world peace are expressed as a new imaginative 'design'."
Our proposal for a unified national flag was generated by systematically overlaying and combining over 30 flags used in Korean society over a century to create a new form. The full aggregation resembles a complex and almost chaotic weaving of conflicting forms. Yet when zoomed in on, the perspective of the image shifts taking on the aesthetics of textiles, geometric patterning, and decoration. The final flag design is a small cropping of the overall image, the outcome represents a small fragment of a larger historical tapestry.