26 July 2014 - 1 February 2015
London SW7 2RL
From a Suffragette tea service to protest robots, this exhibition will be the first to examine the powerful role of objects in movements for social change. It will demonstrate how political activism drives a wealth of design ingenuity and collective creativity that defy standard definitions of art and design. Disobedient Objects will focus on the period from the late 1970s to now, a time that has brought new technologies and political challenges. On display will be 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.
The exhibition features orange felt hat worn in 1988 by one of 10,000 protesters of Polish political movement Orange Alternative who marched against communist rule in Poland. The so called "Revolution of Dwarves" ended in thousands of people in dwarf hats being arrested by the police.