bridget’s tiny revolution

  • date: 11 october 2019
  • challenge category: democracy
  • selected tactic: tiny wearables
  • difficulty rating: tricky
  • current status: completed

a parliament for bridget:

we deployed two rebels to head to parliament house for a guided tour and discretely scattered a few inspirational lanyards around the toilets, waiting areas and legislative assembly viewing area. security asked the rebels to leave after locating one lanyard, but we’re not sure if they found the rest.  

the submission:

denialism in our political leaders is against democracy. the climate deniers within the coalition reject science to profit big business. they protect freedom of speech only when it is what they want to hear. and they get away with it #scottfree. i constantly feel my voice for change falls on deaf political ears and my vote means less than it used to.

collective action is changing that. people are speaking up together – all over the world. and thousands of tiny revolutions make up big ones.

i am interested to combine a few revolution tactics that draws attention to democratic accountability. to create wearable political art, and flash mob in public spaces.

it would be exciting to generate striking an image to go along with the public event that can be printed onto t-shirts or bags and given away. an unexpected performance element creates strong memories, but a usable, wearable momento can comment long after the action is over.

bridget, 11.10.19.

the thinking:

what is the idea we are moving forward with?

a fake parliamentary lanyard is made to replace existing i.d of coalition cabinet ministers.
the lanyards identify the denialism tactics towards climate change and provides a new ministerial departments for the parliament we would like to see including:

> the ministry for climate emergency
> the ministry for the end of the patriarchy
> ministry for renewable energy
> ministry for indigenous land rights management
> ministry for humanitarian treatment of asylum seekers

how can we do it?

photo of existing lanyard / pass is taken from internet and replicated in in design.
images of ministers are replaced by pictures of historical rebels

where does it need to take place?

a public tour of parliament house is booked by the taskforce and lanyards are discretely dropped or placed on-site.

are there any legal implications to the activity?

sufficient satire is needed for fake id.
access to parliament house will need to be arranged.

tactic: wearables