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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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CIS:E.152-2011

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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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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Goddess of democracy, Beijing, China, 1989

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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