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Barbie Liberation Organisation at the Victoria and Albert Museum

posted on 2023-06-09, 14:59 authored by Emile DevereauxEmile Devereaux, Igor Vamos
Disobedient Objects is a group exhibition of historically significant creative activist works that includes a collaborative tactical media work of which Emile Devereaux was a key player from the early 1990's, the Barbie Liberation Organization. Exhibition description on the Disobedient Objects website: "From a Suffragette tea service to protest robots, this exhibition was the first to examine the powerful role of objects in movements for social change. It demonstrated how political activism drives a wealth of design ingenuity and collective creativity that defy standard definitions of art and design. Disobedient Objects focussed on the period from the late 1970s to now, a time that has brought new technologies and political challenges. On display were 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."


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Disobedient Objects

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Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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26 July 2014 - 1 February 2015

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  • Media and Film Publications

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  • Centre for Material Digital Culture Publications

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