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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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Museums and Protest

The V&A’s forthcoming Disobedient Objects exhibition challenges the image that many people have of what museums contain and what they are for. However museums can and sometimes do engage with social and political events happening in the world around us. The following are four recent instances of this. The June 4th Museum This June marked […]

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This double-sided placard is one of a series of placards made by radical queer marchers at a protest rally on February 4 th, 2012, where the LGBT flag appeared for the first time at a political demonstration.

Placards and Pride in Russia

Today over 20,000 people will participate in Pride, one of London’s largest events celebrating the LGBT community.  This year organizers have chosen the theme Freedom to…. , an idea closely tied to one of the placards in our exhibition ‘Disobedient Objects’. This placard formed part of a spontaneous 2012 exhibition in Moscow, after President Vladimir Putin’s […]

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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: 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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It’s a marathon not a sprint!: A very brief overview of exhibition delivery from a conservation point of view

Questions that are essential to the successful conservation of objects on loan to the V&A often seem out of place or silly to the lenders in Disobedient Objects.  For lenders ‘Not An Alternative‘, this discrepancy arose in the standard question of ‘Where/how is the object currently stored?’ Jason Jones stored their loan – a way-finder […]

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Objecting to apartheid: building a non-stop protest in 1980s’ London

For four years, in the late 1980s, anti-apartheid protestors maintained a continuous protest outside the South African Embassy in London. South Africa House occupies the whole of the east side of Trafalgar Square. Its stonework exudes power and privilege. In contrast, the Non-Stop Picket for the release of Nelson Mandela appeared fragile and ephemeral. Materially, it […]

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Banners and the 2011 Madrid Protest Camp: Reading the Signs of Revolt

In May 2011, Madrid’s protest camp became the first Western example in the wave of protest camps that would occupy central squares of cities all around the world. This settlement was named #Acampadasol [Suncamp] on Twitter, because of its occupation of the Puerta del Sol  [Gate of the Sun], one of Madrid’s emblematic centres. The […]

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What are Disobedient Objects?

Disobedient Objects is an exhibition about out-designing authority. Looking beyond art and design framed by markets, connoisseurs and professionals, this exhibition considers the role of social movement cultures in re-making our world from below. Disobedient objects can be ingenious and sometimes beautiful solutions to complex problems, often produced with limited resources and under duress. Working […]

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