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Objects loaned directly from activist groups across the world reveal how protest inspires design ingenuity.

Spanning from the 1970s to the present day, exhibits defy traditional definitions of art and design. Mostly produced by non-professionals, as a collective and with limited resources, they include appropriated everyday objects, traditionally crafted materials and hacked technology.

Chilean folk art textiles document political violence, while a robot has been programmed to write graffiti. There's also giant inflatable cobblestones that were thrown at demonstrations in Barcelona and a political video game about the making of mobile phones. Many of these objects have never been seen in a museum display.

Each design is accompanied by the maker’s statement to explain how and why it was created. Further context is provided by newspaper cuttings, how-to guides and film content – including footage of them in action.

Additionally, the entire gallery will be hung with banners from well-known protest sites such as the 1980s Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp and the anti-nuclear demonstrations in Japan.

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