Disobedient Objects at the V&A London looks at the role of objects in protest

Disobedient Objects exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum , London, August 2014

Running until the 1st February 2015 at the V&A Museum in London, is the Disobedient Objects exhibition, which examines the powerful role of objects in movements for social change. It’s well worth a look.

Disobedient Objects exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum , London, August 2014

The small exhibition aims to demonstrate how political activism “drives a wealth of design ingenuity and collective creativity that defy standard definitions of art and design,” and showcases materials such as banners, printed material, graffiti, games, inflated cubes and even a decorated truck.

Disobedient Objects exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum , London, August 2014

The official website describes the background to the collection:

From a Suffragette tea service to protest robots, this exhibition is the first to examine the powerful role of objects in movements for social change. It demonstrates how political activism drives a wealth of design ingenuity and collective creativity that defy standard definitions of art and design.

Disobedient Objects focuses on the period from the late 1970s to now, a time that has brought new technologies and political challenges. On display are arts of rebellion from around the world that illuminate the role of making in grassroots movements for social change: finely woven banners; defaced currency; changing designs for barricades and blockades; political video games; an inflatable general assembly to facilitate consensus decision-making; experimental activist-bicycles; and textiles bearing witness to political murders.

Disobedient Objects exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum , London, August 2014

Disobedient Objects exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum , London, August 2014

Disobedient Objects exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum , London, August 2014

The Tiki Love Truck.

Disobedient Objects exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum , London, August 2014

Disobedient Objects exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum , London, August 2014

Disobedient Objects exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum , London, August 2014

Disobedient Objects exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum , London, August 2014

Disobedient Objects exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum , London, August 2014

The Evading Standards newspaper (above left) was handed out at the Carnival Of Resistance protest in central London. See photo report here.

Disobedient Objects exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum , London, August 2014

Disobedient Objects exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum , London, August 2014

Museum details:

Victoria and Albert Museum
Porter Gallery
Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
Opening hours:
26 July 2014 – 1 February 2015
Daily 10.00–17.30
Friday 10.00–21.30

http://www.vam.ac.uk/

Map location.

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