Walking into the Disobedient Objects exhibition felt like entering a self published magazine, where the content’s been created by anyone who can get a hold of the right elements and glue. The, fairly small, exhibition space was filled with various objects that can be found around the house but combined with drawings, fabrics and text to form a message. Which is what Disobedient Objects at the V&A Museum is all about. It shows how anyone can create art and be a part of the design world, while going against it. The art was not made by the commercial designers but by people taking design into their own hands.

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I found a lot of elements that has been used out in the field, in protests such as mask, homemade gas masks and painted as books cardboards used as shields. The book blocs came about for the first time in Italy, when a group ot students used mock books as banners and shields in 2010. The books are often used by students protesting against education cuts, with the mock literature implying the harm made on not the individuals but the education and free thoughts.

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After a few strolls around the mosaic decoration pickup truck I ended up in front of the Barbie Liberation Organization video and found myself watching it three times over. The short film, which came about in 1993, shows the group behind the name’s message about anti-sexism.They purchased Barbie- and G.I. Joe dolls only to perform a surgery, swapping out the voice boxes and then return them to the store. These dolls were then sold once again and B.L.O’s media prank had started. Children buying the bulky action figure, expecting him to shout out war talk like “ATTACK!” was instead met by a high pitched voice asking them to go shopping!

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”Hi, I’m teen talk Barbie, the spokes doll for the B.L.O. that stands for the Barbie Liberation Organization. We’re an international group of children’s toys that are revolting against the companies that made us. We’ve turned against our creators because they use us to brainwash kids.”, B.L.O.

This was to start a conversation about the strict gender roles we live by today, where kids are taught “how to be a boy” and “how to be a girl”… and B.L.O. wanted to get credit for it, leaving every doll with a leaflet about the organization. The prank didn’t gain the group too many allies though, some claimed that is was a “cheap shot” terrorizing the children, no matter how noble the message is.

But more than anything, I found myself taken by the room itself. Gavin Grindon, co-curator of the exhibition and the rest of the Disobedient Objects team has created an artwork in itself with the display of its pieces. It’s like I’m standing in the aftermath of a zine, where everything just seems to be everywhere. It’s inspiring and I feel like I’m a part of it – or at least I could be!

I look around my own room and my ordinary objects, thinking that they could become something extraordinary.

I’ve only read one chapter of Teal Triggs’ Fanzine book and being new to the Zine scene I find it very informative. I’ve learned

(Googled.)

a lot of names I’ve never heard of before, building my knowledge basis and understanding for this community. It’s a great reading on what to think about before setting out on your zine journey by getting to know the history of it first! But there has been a lot of negative response to the book.

There’s been discussions on wether Triggs credited correctly– or at all–

(Tobi Vail writes about how the wrong person’s been credited for an event which and then makes an excellent point in that what Triggs wrote is now published in a book that is being sold in book stores world wide. At this point, people will take for granted that it will be factual correct.)

but the main issue seems to be the email she sent out to the creators. Just before the books release, some zine authors found themselves with an email, signed by Triggs, letting them know about their work being published in her upcoming book about the DIY aspect of zines. We Make Zines, a community for zine readers and creators, opened up a discussion on the subject, and a lot of disappointed authors and allies posted their comments. The message wasn’t to ask for permission but to let them know of what will come.

I can understand the frustration a lot of these people feel. On one hand I’d be thrilled that someone would want to publish my work but on the other hand I’d want them to ask for my permission before actually handing it it. Some of these zines where published years before and as an author I probably would have asked to have a more recent issue published.

(We all know how we are with our old designs. Slightly embarrassed.)

Taking all of this into consideration, my thoughts on Teal Triggs book Fanzine concludes to this: it is a great resource for me, as a student, to learn about how to create your own successful zine today – but it’s not a good example

(Or the perfect one!)

when it comes to the nature of publishing, copyright and etiquette. For that I will need to find other resources.

Skärmavbild 2014-10-16 kl. 15.14.41 Over the years I’ve filled up a “Inspiration” folder in my bookmarks bar with a few websites for us creative minds out there. Most websites are Swedish though, due to my heritage and mother tongue but there are a few english gems in the pile! At the top of my international list is the blog Digital Arts. Digital Arts is there to inspire, inform and teach it’s readers – combining their articles with reviews and tutorials. It basically combines all the content I Google on a weekly basis. All in one place. Definitely a keeper.

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I usually just glance at the ads filling the underground stations, take in the information and carry on. But Natural History Museum’s poster about their exhibition had me staring at it for several minutes.

I’m used to see digitally created images of neanderthals getting on with their day-to-day business – so seeing this man posing in front of the camera was very intriguing. I kept wondering about his story. Who he was as a person and not just a functional primate.

That’s when I read the name of the exhibition: One million years of human story.

Not history. Story.

Well done, NHM. Well done.