AK-47 assualt rifle

AK-47 assault rifle (manufactured in many countries, used worldwide)
Cinema advert (2006): Amnesty International are trying to get 1 million people involved in their campaign to tighten loopholes in arms trade legislation. So they make an advert that looks like a scene from a teleshopping programme. The cheery presenters have just finished selling a batch of ice cream makers. Next, they have some AK-47s to sell. They're cheap and easy to acquire. And they're perfect weapons for children. Click for more...


Bullet (made in Eastern Europe, shot in Africa)
Movie opening credits (2005): the Hollywood arms trade thriller Lord of War begins by following the manufacture and use of a bullet from sheet metal to impact. It uses CGI technology in order to show places, materials, lives and death tied together from a bullet's point of view. It's the best part of the film, for many, and the most literal example of 'follow the thing' work. Click for more...

Door key

Door key (made & used in the UK)
Undergraduate coursework (2006): student Alice Williams arrives home late at night to find that she is locked out. She can't find her door key. She doesn't feel safe. Then she starts to question how a door key can make you feel 'safe', when there's lead in it, and lead can poison both people who make and use these keys. Click for more...


Fancy tent (inhabited by Occupy LSX participants outside St. Paul's cathedral in London)
TV satirical news panel show segment (2011): the Occupy camp outside London's St Paul's cathedral has just become mainstream news in the UK. Conservative MP Louise Mensch appears on the BBC's Have I got news for you show. Panelists are asked to comment on the story. She says you can't be against capitalism when you're enjoying its fruits, like fancy tents, iPhones and Starbucks coffee. The others disagree. Click for more...


Shackles (made in England, used in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba)
Factory pickets / protests (2005 & 2007): British citizens and residents are detained in the USA's Guantanamo Bay camp, but none are charged with a crime. They notice the shackles restraining them are 'Made in England', just like them. When some go on hunger strike in 2005, and on the 5th anniversary of the camp's opening in 2007, musicians, doctors, lawyers, comedians and activists protest outside the factory where those shackles are made. Their use at 'Gitmo', they argue, is illegal and unethical. Click for more...

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