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Disobedient Objects

The heavily-decorated ‘Tiki Love Truck’ and its many wonderful embellishments

Clair Battisson Senior Preservation Conservator ‘Disobedient Objects’ explored the powerful role objects can perform in support of movements for social change. ‘Immediate’, ‘alternative’ and ‘bold’ were just a few of the words used to shape the design concept and also Conservation’s decision making for repair and display. The exhibition in the V&A ran from the […]

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Conservation Journal Number 63 Editorial

Furniture conservator Dana Melchar retouching a resin restoration

Welcome to the V&A Conservation Journal No. 63!   This issue begins with the Editorial, which gives some clues about the articles that will be posted over the coming weeks. Sandra Smith Head of Conservation & Technical Services   December 2015 saw the opening of the stunning Europe 1600-1815 Galleries, a suite of seven galleries which track the political, social […]

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Dublin Protest Graphics

Protester on the August 29th march, Dublin Quays. (Photo: Eimer Murphy)

The V&A exhibition A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution is currently on display at the National Print Museum in Dublin (17 September – 8 November 2015). In this guest post, Eimer Murphy reflects on her experiences of researching Dublin protest graphics from the Students Against the Demolition of Dublin (S.A.D.D.) to a […]

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A report from Digital Futures and Rebooting the Digital Commons

openFrameworks lab by Hellicar & Lewis

It has been nearly three years since our first Digital Futures meetup at the V&A; the programme was initiated in 2012 as an open platform for displaying and discussing work by researchers, artists, designers, companies and other professionals working with art, technology, design, science and beyond.  The Digital Futures sessions have been bringing together people from different backgrounds and disciplines with a view to generating future […]

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Why the V&A Gay and Lesbian Tour is Essential

Glynn Christian in front of Giambologna's Samson Slaying a Philistine at the V&A

Dan Vo examines how the V&A’s new LGBTQ Tour came to be, and why it is needed. My eye scans down the poster and is drawn to a rather handsome tail on the letter Q. The notice is headed ‘V&A Tours and Talks’, and the line I am reading says, ‘16.00 LGBTQ Tour (last Saturday […]

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The Guerrilla Girls: Fierce and Funny Feminists


Isabel Hardingham is a part-time Gallery Assistant at the V&A, a role that she combines with being Senior Bookshop Associate at the Architectural Association Bookshop. Working inside the Disobedient Objects exhibition, she reflects on the impact that the Guerrilla Girls made on her as an art history student and on the ongoing relevance of their […]

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Ferguson & The Design Dimension: Exploring Makeshift Tear-Gas Masks on BBC Radio 4

How to Guide: Makeshift Tear-Gas Mask. Illustrated by Marwan Kaabour, at Barnbrook

In a recent interview for BBC Radio 4’s programme, The Design Dimension, co-curator Catherine Flood discussed an exciting development from Disobedient Objects. Since our exhibition has been open, the team has received anecdotal evidence of social and political movements deploying our How-To Guides around the world. Amongst our How-To Guide users are people protesting in Ferguson, a struggle sparked […]

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Queer disobedience


‘Disobedient Objects’ is a ground-breaking exhibition bringing objects of art and design produced by grassroots social movements and international activists into the V&A.  The show is free and runs until 1st February 2015.  There are some extensive blogs by the curators, exhibitions and technical services staff involved in producing the show, exploring various aspects of the exhibition […]

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Updates from the Umbrella Movement

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

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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Tiki Love Truck celebrates Day of the Dead

The material used to decorate the truck laid out on the gallery floor.

The Tiki Love Truck has been residing in the V&A’s Porter Gallery for the past three months as part of the Disobedient Objects exhibition. Like many of the objects in there, their uses will continue as originally intended once they are returned to their owners and back to the streets. The truck, however, won’t let being displayed in a […]

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