Mark Teh, Hafiz Nasir, Dolores Galindo, Svein Møxvold

Protest, performance, archive, exhibition, booklet

Project "Save Our Placards!" and Group Project report.

In collaboration with The Museum of London the collective focused on the forthcoming March 26 protest March Against The Cuts in London to both capture and archive this moment as well as putting the Museum – which documents the history of the UK's capital city from prehistoric to modern times - in the protest by reusing the Museum's archived images on the theme of protest to produce 800 placards of their own which were distributed to various groups and individuals across the protest as the students had been working towards the protest in conversation with political parties, unions, anarchist groups, the police, press and media.
Protestors were invited by the organisers to donate placards to the collective at the end of the march. 300 placards were donated and exhibited one week later at the Museum of London. Part of this collection was further used in a large exhibition on the theme of Protest in the Museum of London in 2012. The project also featured in the June edition of Dazed and Confused as well as in the new Turner Contemporary in Margate. And finally, 11 of the placards donated were formally archived in The Museum of London thus insuring this moment of protest is remembered.

Future work Guy Atkins - An audio monument to Brian Haw.

ON 26 MARCH 2011, an estimated 500,000 people marched through central London to demonstrate against proposed reductions in government spending. Co-ordinated by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), the march took place three days after the first budget statement of the then new Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government. Under the banner of March for the Alternative, the demonstration was one of the largest street protests ever to take place in the UK. As part of their MA in Art and Politics, a team of students from Goldsmiths, University of London, persuaded the Museum of London to experiment with how it engaged with the demonstration. The Goldsmiths team – Mark Teh, Hafiz Nasir, Svein Moxvold, Dolores Galindo and Guy Atkins – wanted to see how museum collections could become part of a contemporary protest, and to explore what would happen if protesters helped the museum decide which objects should be acquired to represent the demonstration in its collections. In doing so, the project Save Our Placards! asked the museum to let go of some standard safeguards, procedures and assumptions, to trust in a participatory approach, and to collect at the moment.