Protest objects: bricolage, performance and counter-archaeology

Soar, Katy and Tremlett, Paul-François (2017). Protest objects: bricolage, performance and counter-archaeology. World Archaeology, 49(4) pp. 423–434.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00438243.2017.1350600

Abstract

In this article we analyse the Occupy Democracy demonstration that took place in Parliament Square in the autumn of 2014 and the ‘Disobedient Objects’ exhibition held at the Victoria and Albert Museum 2014–15. We develop a counter-archaeological analysis of these events on the one hand through reflection on previous archaeological studies of protest sites and the new heritage paradigm and on the other through an exploration of bricolage and performance to unpack the complex materialities of these assemblages of people, places and objects.

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