Steffi Duarte

Title: Research Assistant for Disobedient Objects
Department: Research

I run our exhibition's blog and spend my days working closely with co-curators Catherine Flood and Gavin Grindon. My own research interests revolve around the role of objects in global social and political movements since the 1960s.

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Around 2,300 tents have been propped up around the Central Government Offices in Admiralty, Hong Kong. The wall projection is “Add Oil Machine for HK Occupiers” by artists including Sampson Wong Yu-hin and Jason Lam, which displays support messages collected via a website they custom built. Photograph by Becky Sun. © Becky Sun

Updates from the Umbrella Movement

Many of the social and political movements that form Disobedient Objects are from global and continuing struggles. Though commencing after our exhibition’s opening, the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong is no exception. In this post we rejoin journalist Becky Sun, author of the Umbrella Movement, for an update on Occupy Centrals creative forms of resistance, […]

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Inflatable General Assembly DIY Manual - Back Page. Created by Common Practice.

‘Designing for the Common Goals of People': An Interview with Common Practice

Like many of the people occupying Zuccotti Park in 2011, the collective Common Practice contributed to their protest camp by drawing on the skills and training they knew best – architecture & design. The result was the 123Occupy project, whose model of an Inflatable General Assembly can be seen in ‘Disobedient Objects’. In this post […]

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Made Possible by Squatting: Myth, memory, mimesis

Amongst the banners in the first room of Disobedient Objects is ‘Kraken Gaat Door’ (Squatting Goes On).  This specific banner was made in the 1980s, forming part of a multi-year direct action campaign in Amsterdam.  However, this fight for affordable housing solutions is a widespread, international, and simultaneously local.  In this post, guest blogger Luther Blissett […]

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How to Guide: Book Bloc Shield. llustration by Marwan Kaabour at Barnbrook

Disobedient Objects How-To Guides

  Disobedient objects are often carefully designed solutions to problems faced by activists on the ground, in the midst of social and political movements around the world. The exhibition includes several take home guides on how-to make some of these objects, from Book Bloc Shields to Tear-Gas Masks.   Additionally, these How-To Guides are now available […]

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One #DisobedientObjects is the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) scarf above. Museum no. T.20-1946, Image © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

#DisobedientObjects

This exhibition is far from the final word on out-designing authority, and there are so many objects we wish we could have included from struggles past and present. There are many other important object-histories of disobedience still to be told. The ideas and objects in the show were often also made communally, shared and adapted across […]

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Photograph by Jérémie Dubé-Lavigne. ©Jérémie Dubé-Lavigne

Spread the Red: solidarity in Quebec

Faced with a significant rise in their university tuition fees, students in Montreal successfully took action by demonstrating their opposition in record numbers for most of 2012.  Dubbed by some as ‘The Maple Spring’, their carefully organized actions led to a tuition freeze on 5 September 2012. This blog post explores their struggle through the […]

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Inflatable cobblestone, action of Eclectic Electric Collective in cooperation with Enmedio collective during the General Strike in Barcelona 2012. © Oriana Eliçabe/Enmedio.info

Inflatables for protest: An interview with Artúr van Balen/ Tools for Action

Artúr van Balen has produced inflatables for protest as a member of former  group Eclectic Electric Collective and, now,  Tools for Action.  One such inflatable, a cobblestone for a 2012 demonstration in Barcelona, will be featured in ‘Disobedient Objects’.  In this post we interview Artur about his own work, the role of inflatables, and their […]

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Defend The Right To Strike: The Grunwick Strike & Banner

Banners, the first objects visitors will see in ‘Disobedient Objects’, are an integral part of many generations’ images of protest. In this post, Dr. Evan Smith explores the Gurnwick strike and discusses the banner featured in our forthcoming exhibition.   Defend The Right To Strike: The Grunwick Strike & Banner On 23 August, 1976, a […]

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Unpacking Disobedient Objects

Before the ‘Disobedient Objects’ team kicks off this week, we would like to share some behind the scenes photographs that will keep us smiling till Friday.  This post is dedicated to the shipment from our lenders in America, whose disobedient objects are slowly arriving into the V&A, as we get ready for the exhibition’s instillation. […]

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Signs of Respect

Signs of Respect: Karnataka State Farmers’ Association

Since 1982 the KRRS (Karnataka State Farmers’ Association) has produced signs in villages across Karnataka in India. The video featured in this post was created by Laura Valencia and Manu Thejaswi J with KRRS for ‘Disobedient Objects’, and one such sign will be featured in our forthcoming V&A exhibition. The farmers of KRRS discuss the […]

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