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Signs of Revolt was an Exhibition and Festival of Radical Communication held at Shop 14, The Truman Brewery, London, between 14–22 November 2009. It surveyed the forms of creative resistance produced by the social and political ‘Movement of Movements’ of the previous decade. It celebrated the tenth anniversary of ‘The Battle of Seattle‘, the successful attempt to shut down the World Trade Organisation as it planned the privatisation of the World behind closed doors and it looked forward to, and mobilised for, the protests to be held at the COP 15 UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen almost exactly 10 years after Seattle in December 2009.

The ‘Movement of Movements’ that burst into life at the turn of the century was given various names, ‘The Anti-Capitalist Movement’, ‘Mouvement Alter-Mondialiste’, ‘The Global Justice Movement’ or ‘No Global’ depending on the country or your political persuasion, it was also misnamed by by our enemies ‘The Anti-Globalisation Movement’. Initially targeting the institutions of Globalisation, the WTO, the IMF, The World Bank, The FTAA and EU the movement then continued into becoming the basis for the huge Global Anti-War Movement of the early 2000′s and the growing environmental protests of the latter half of the decade, as well as developing discussion forums, networks and gatherings like the Peoples Global Action and the World and European Social Forums.

Alongside, entwined and emeshed within this Movement of Movements were projects by different artists, designers and collectives that saw a flowering of Anti-Capitalist creativity, this exhibition brought together examples of some of those projects from individuals and groups based in the UK and included a weekend festival of talks contextualising the work and a series of screenings of activist film and video from the decade.

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