Signs of Revolt is a collective of artist and designer activists pursuing what we describe as ‘Creative Resistance’, this is work that is neither strictly just ‘art’ or ‘design’ but creativity engaged with Social and Political movements born out of the crisis of Capitalism. Signs of Revolt exists to promote, celebrate, and encourage more work of this kind so that we may live to see tomorrow.
Signs of Revolt encompasses exhibitions, talks and workshops.
The first exhibition and conference held in November 2009 at the Truman Brewery London was organised to coincide with both the 10th anniversary of Seattle and the protests planned for the COP15 summit in Copenhagen it attracted an audience of nearly 2000 people in 8 days.
The exhibition was organised and curated by Noel Douglas and Tony Credland and the hard work of all the participants:
Space Hijackers/Ultimate Holding Company/Reel News/kennardphillipps/
Cactus Network/Jonathan Barnbrook/Pedro Inhoue/Noel Douglas/
David Gentlemen/Guy Smallman/Camp for Climate Action/
Movement of the Imagination/Rebel Clown Army/Jess Hurd/
Indymedia London/Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination/
Creative Resistance Research Network/
Noel Douglas is an artist, designer and activist whose practice is concerned with the relationship between aesthetics and politics, anti-capitalist uses of graphic communication and the privatisation and commodification of space and popular culture. As well as producing graphic work that is an active participant in the demonstrations themselves he has worked in a range of media including the best-selling satirical packet of playing cards Regime Change begins at Home, book design and adverts for the Stop the War Coalition in the UK, identity work for anti-capitalist activist group Globalise Resistance and the design for Spanish ‘Adbusters’ magazine ‘Malababa’ in 2006 and 2008. He has been active in social movements for over a decade and helped co-organise the cultural programme of the European Social Forum in London in 2004. He is currently the Programme Leader for the Design for Communication course at the University of Bedfordshire.
Tony Credland is a Designer, Activist and Lectures in Graphic Design.
Along with Glenn Orton he started the Cactus Network that started out as a Mail Art project in 1989 and over the years morphed into producing agitprop and running workshops, often creating autonomous space and frameworks for others to experiment within. Working along side activist groups like Reclaim the Streets and Indymedia London.
The exhibition was made possible by funding from:
The anti-capitalist activist group Globalise Resistance, which has mobilised and educated thousands of people over the last 10 years against the spread of Corporate Capitalism.
The show catalogue was made possible with funding from Research institute for Media, Art and Design at the University of Bedfordshire.