To mark the 50th anniversary of ‘1968’, a year of global protest and unrest, the Design Activism Research Hub (DARH) is staging an exhibition in the LCC Library with related events for students and staff during May. The exhibition displays visual artefacts and publications related to activist concerns in London at that time; from international issues such as the Vietnam war to those closer to home: housing, racism, workers’ rights, and of course student revolt.
The Design Activism Research Hub also ran a one-day screen-printing workshop for students from across the Design School, with the activist graphics group Propagate Collective. The workshop drew inspiration from the political visuals and techniques of the Atelier Populaire whose iconic posters were referenced by visual activists elsewhere, including the Poster Workshop 1968-71, operating in London – members of whom joined the DARH workshop. Students learned how rapid techniques and simple imagery can be effectively utilized for powerful protest graphics.
The resulting posters were installed in the library as part of the Agitate-Propagate-68! Provocations from Radical London exhibition to accompany the launch of the new book about Poster Workshop 1968-71, published by Four Corners.
Jisoo Kang (BA GMD 2), Yeo Jin Kim (BA GMD 2), Lakhi Soni (BA IVM 2), Honey Muscatt (BA IVM 2), Emilie Meyn (BA IVM 2), Rhoda Nti (BA GMD 1), Angelique Master (BA IVM 2), Claudia Hernandez (BA IVM 2), Zhang Hao (MA GMD), Kwo Guo (MA GMD), Masumi Ishii (MA GMD), Huancui Chen (MA GMD), Rong Tang (MA GMD).
Activities in May include:
- Agitate-Propagate-68! exhibition runs from 1 to 31 May 2018 in LCC library
- Agitate-Propagate-Reel! A 1968 themed film night on Thursday 24 May
- Agitate-Propagate-Read! Library reading groups