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

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

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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Out On Display #11: Kissing Doesn’t Kill

  ‘KISSING DOESN’T KILL, GREED AND INDIFFERENCE DO’ Designed by Gran Fury : Published by ACT UP USA, offset lithograph, 1989 Given by Shaun Cole E.472-1993 On display in room 76   Gran Fury was a collective of artists and designers dedicated to promoting AIDS/HIV awareness. They used a variety of media in their efforts […]

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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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‘A World to Win’ is on the move

‘A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution’ is on the move!  The display exploring a century of political posters came to an end at the V&A last week and the show will begin touring around the country until 2016.  I have been scouring the web for content regarding the recent referendum on Scottish […]

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One of the umbrellas with calligraphy by Savona Ling, outside the first “Democracy Wall” on the tall fences encircling the Civic Square in the background. Civic Square, whose name was so given in a student movement against nationalist education in 2012, was fenced off in recent months for added security to the Central Government Offices.

Umbrella Movement

New movements have grown in the time that Disobedient Objects has been open and new objects have been made. A key example is the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong where Occupy Central with Love and Peace has mobilised people in large scale protests demanding that Beijing grant Hong Kong true universal suffrage. In this blog […]

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Out On Display #6: Unite to Fight!

                    Unite to Fight           Su Negrin, Inkworks Press           USA, offset lithograph, 1976           Given by Greenwich Mural Workshop           E.152-2011           On display in room 90     This […]

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The Vendomme Column pulled down, Paris, May 16 1871.

Art and Activism in the age of the Anthropocene

Disobedient Objects might lead us to reflect on what the future is for art and activism, or what our responsibilities are. In the essay below, artists and activist John Jordan of the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination (whose Bike Bloc project is featured in the exhibition) reflects on these questions. The essay was commissioned as part […]

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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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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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