The act of protest has blossomed into also being an opportunity for tremendous creativity. In the first exhibit of its kind, the Victoria and Albert Museum has gathered a healthy sampling of items designed and produced by grassroots social movements since the mid-1970’s. “From Suffragette teapots to protest robots” the Disobedient Objects exhibit ”will demonstrate how political activism drives a wealth of design ingenuity and collective creativity that defy standard definitions of art and design.”
Everyday objects have become part and parcel of protest. From homemade gas masks to book blocs protesters are perfecting the use of the world around them to help fight the powers that be.
One of our favorites is the book bloc. As the curators of the exhibit noted:
The idea originated in Italy in 2011, during student protests against severe budget cuts to public education. The protestors created cardboard and plexiglas shields decorated like books. Each shield was decorated differently, with students picking their own book design to protect and represent them. The book blocs were used to non-violently push back against police baton strikes and punches. The ‘book bloc’ idea spread like a meme. It can now be seen around the world in protests against cuts to public education and libraries
These and many more objects are featured in the exhibition catalog.
"I’m really interested in making something that is entirely alive in each frame."
Two ways of dealing with tear gas grenades from comrades in Turkey: Either submerge them in water. Make sure you can close off the container cause the gas will still spread for a while. Or throw them in the fire so the gas burns off before it can spread.
Words that equally support genius and mania:
"I couldn’t talk about it, because the slightest intrusion into the book, the slightest ‘objective’ opinion would have erased everything, of that book. […] The illusion one has—entirely correct—of being the only one to have written what one has…
Anonymous said: How do you break addictions?
recall the marina abramović bit where she locked lips with a partner and they breathed each other’s breaths until one of them passed out
now recall that we stand in precisely the same relationship to trees, speeding as we do, though a vacuum on our island lung
and, far from killing one another, our respective exhalations are just what the other needs to respire
or again, big jim hogg, the twentieth governor of texas, whose enormous body—as stipulated in his will—was buried beneath a pecan tree rather than a headstone
the pecans that fell from the tree were gathered and planted the length and breadth of the state
the body is after all only a skein of yarn, filamentary, and by its nature having a beginning and an end
but that slavery to a single dimension disappears once you’ve begun to knit and felt yourself join a general fabric
and fear of being becomes dissolved in the higher surfaces
Earlier this year, India’s prime minister Narendra Modi was campaigning for reelection and used a rather unusual method for being in many different places at once: he became a hologram. Not biologically, but with the help of a company called NChant3D that broadcast his nearly hour-long speech in 53 different locations. Now a US company called HologramUSA has the rights to use that technology in the US, and has just hired a lobbyist in Washington, DC to push the Democrats and Republicans into using holograms in the upcoming 2016 presidential election, reports Bloomberg BusinessWeek. The result could be long-dead politicians from America’s Founding Fathers, to more recent and beloved party figureheads like Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy. Politicians might also use it to do the same thing as Modi, and be in two places (or more) at once, stretching “in person” appearances on the campaign trail.
carlaelbrocoli: Edo-period medical illustration (1603-1868) - Vol. 3 - Anatomical illustrations, late 17th century - Majima Seigan - a 14th-century monk-turned-doctor. According to legend, Seigan had a powerful dream one night that the Buddha would bless him with knowledge to heal eye diseases. The following morning, next to a Buddha statue at the temple, Seigan found a mysterious book packed with medical information. The book allegedly enabled Seigan to become a great eye doctor, and his work contributed greatly to the development of ophthalmology in Japan in the 16th and 17th centuries. - Imagenes via:Tomplant