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Disobedient Objects - Catherine Flood

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Studies the art of protest culture and questions how objects can be politically active.

The book explores the art of protest culture and how objects can be politically active. It will accompany the V&A exhibition 'Disobedient Objects'. This rebellious and groundbreaking exhibition asks how politically active objects can change the world by out-designing authority. It proves political activism to be a vibrant engine for experimental and alternative design. It showcases how artists have produced work within the context of social movements in a self-conscious and formally avant- garde re-imagination of the traditional objects of political protest. The exhibition will focus on the distinct cultural history of activist art and design since 1989 but will historicize work from this period alongside earlier inspirational objects of protest including, for example, a Luddite hammer, the barricades and balloons of the Paris Commune and Gandhi's spinning wheel.

About the Author

Catherine Flood is a curator in the Wordand Image Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum, specializing in posters,graphics and ephemeral print. She has previously published on subjects including the early development of theposter in Britain and nineteenth-century print culture.

Introduction - Catherine Flood & Gavin Grindon - 26 Barricades as Material and Social Constructions - Mark Traugott - 34 The Disobedient Objects of Protest Camps - Anna Feigenbaum - 44 Making Worlds 52 From Tute Bianche to the Book Bloc - Francesco Raparelli - 60 Direct Action 68 On the Phenomenology of Giant Puppets - David Graeber - 78 Unpopular Pamphlets - Nicholas Thoburn - 86 Speaking Out 100 Disobedient Bodies: Art Activisms in Argentina - Ana Longoni - 110 Solidarity 118 A Multitude of Struggles 130 Roundtable 137 Further Reading 138 Endnotes 142 Index 144 Picture Credits 144 Acknowledgements

ISBN: 9781851777976
ISBN-10: 1851777970
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1st August 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 21.5  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1