Disobedient Objects: How-To Guides
Disobedient objects are often everyday items that have been turned to a new purpose. But social change is about making as much as breaking. Sometimes designing a new object creates a new way to disobey.
Below are some downloadable PDF how-to guides for making your own version of some of the disobedient objects found in the exhibition.
How to Guide – Makeshift Tear-Gas Mask
Handmade gas masks were an essential response to police actions during the 2013 mass protests in Istanbul. These events saw the Turkish government release a record amount of tear gas to disperse demonstrators. Protesters devised a way to protect themselves with basic materials like plastic bottles, elastic, and strips of insulation foam.
Since 2013, the idea spread and handmade gas masks have appeared on protestors as far away as Caracas, Venezuela.