Disobedient Objects

31 October 2015–14 February 2016 Powerhouse Museum Book Tickets

Disobedient Objects is an exhibition of art and design from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The objects on show were not made by commercial artists and designers, but by people collectively taking design into their own hands to make a change in the world.

Spanning over 30 years it demonstrates how political activism drives a wealth of design ingenuity and collective creativity that defies standard definitions of art and design. Disobedient Objects displays ‘how to protest intelligently’ instruction cards from demonstrations in Tahrir Square, Cairo; protest banners and defaced currency from the Occupy movement; a graffiti writing protest robot; improvised gas masks made from water bottles that were used in the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul; and jewellery crafted to support the Black Panthers in the US.

This exhibition includes explicit and distressing material some visitors may find upsetting and occasional coarse language. Adult guidance is recommended.

Disobedient Objects Blog

Related to the exhibition, this blog extends the conversation that Disobedient Objects started in the UK and includes contributions from curators, museum staff and guest contributors such as lenders to the exhibition, academics, artists, activists, community organisers and students.

Disobedient Objects – Downloadable How-to Sheets

An exhibition organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and showing exclusively in Australia at the Powerhouse Museum.




This exhibition contains some material visitors may find upsetting or distressing and occasional coarse language. Adult guidance is recommended. The views and opinions expressed are not necessarily the views and opinions of MAAS (its Trustees, staff, partners, sponsors and funding bodies) or the NSW Government.

Plan Your Experience

All the information you need to plan your visit is available on the Powerhouse Museum venue page, including:

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