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Disobedient Objects

by Catherine Flood and Gavin Grindon
£19.99   paperback  V & A Publishing (2014)

Disobedient Objects by Catherine Flood and Gavin Grindon Disobedient Objects is about out-designing authority. It explores the material culture of radical change and protest - from objects familiar to many, such as banners or posters, to the more militant, cunning or technologically cutting-edge, including lock-ons, book-blocs and activist robots. Where previous social movement histories have focused on large-scale events, strategies or biographies, this book - and the exhibition it accompanies - shows how objects themselves can be revolutionary.
 
Focusing on social movements since 1980, the book features an introductory essay by the curators examining the history of objects in protest and activism, followed by six essays that look at particular objects, and the contexts in which they are used. Interspersed throughout are images of the objects at work, along with a selection of how-tos covering specific objects from a design perspective. This is a manifesto for experimental alternative design, showing how objects can define encounters and inspire activists.
 
Accompanies the V&A exhibition Disobedient Objects, 26 July 2014 to 1 February 2015.

ISBN 13: 9781851777976 | ISBN 10: 1851777970