IKEA Disobedients is a project of the Madrid-based firm, Andrés Jaque Architects/Office for Political Innovation. The project challenges the insidious notions of neat and nuclear urban domesticity promoted by the ubiquitous IKEA catalogue, by initiating a socially-engaged art/architecture project that explores the variety of complex domestic arrangements that form the (decidedly messier, non-condominumed) basis of our urban lives. The “architectural performance” was included in the recent MoMA exhibition “9+1 Ways of Being Political: 50 years of Political Stances in Architecture and Urban Design.” According to the curators’ description of the work,
The performance takes place in a setting made of IKEA-hacked pieces and invites neighbors in Queens to reenact their politically-charged domestic activities. According to Jaque, the performance suggests disobedience to the lifestyles proposed by brands such as IKEA, proposing “an urban counter-notion of the domestic” instead—one that discloses how politically active citizens can and do act outside of the privacy of their homes.