Disobedient Objects includes a sound piece produced by Filastine, playing out of the Bike Bloc included in the show. The sound piece combines and contrasts the sounds made by or accompanying the objects in the exhibition.
The first Bike Bloc was part of the mass civil disobedience against the 2009 COP15 Climate Summit. Discarded bikes were welded into ‘machines of creative resistance’. Organised in swarms, bikes formed blockades and decoys, supporting thousands on foot. They helped protesters breach the summit’s security cordon and hold an alternative People’s Assembly, which some representatives left the summit to attend. The project was organised between the UK’s Camp for Climate Action and the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination.
Disobedient Objects includes the ‘queen bee’ from the sound swarm, which carried a sound system and pirate radio antennae. It broadcasted via several bikes around it with independent speakers, each on a separate channel. The sound could jump between bikes inside the crowd, and change in tone to respond to different situations. The story of the bike bloc actions are told in two documentaries which you can find online – Just Do it and Pockets of Resistance, as well as in these first-hand accounts from the different affinity groups.