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7.11.2014 | 12.38
The first Memefest/Swinburne extradisciplinary symposium/workshop/direct action



The upcoming event is a unique opportunity to work, study, play, research and create with an amazing and inspiring international group of critical thinkers, educators, researchers, activists and friends from design, media/communications, art, social science, humanities and the engaged community.

The event (18-25th November) will be a two day Symposium, 5 day workshop and one day public intervention. We have highly exceptional guests coming to Memefest from all over the world, some of the best communication designers, thinkers, activists and artists. We will also invite some of the best and most engaged students from different departments of Swinburne. We will work on media and communication/design projects that matter and relate them to this years theme Radical Intimacies: Dialogue in our Times and we will be working with Aboriginal groups to support their efforts. We will create/ design actual communications interventions and implement them in the city of Melbourne.

We will be located at Swinburne University in the Factory of the Future (Ground level AMDC building)
Cnr of John Street and Burwood Road (453) Hawthorn. If you come with train get out at Glenferie station, which is in the middle of the Swinburne campus.

The Symposium dates are 18th, 19th and half of the 20th of November. Public interventions/ direct action are planned for the 24th/25th. After that we go straight in to the workshop process.

We will start in the morning at 9.30 and end at cca 5 pm every day. Informal sessions will happen and social events will be arranged outside the regular schedule.

Read here participants/presenters bios here: http://tinyurl.com/mnd68rn


9.20 Registration & Welcome to Country

10.15 Introductions of participants

10.50 Sam Burch Dialogue in Decolonisation

11.30 Tom Liacas Dialogue and that sonofab*tch called Power

12.10 Tony Birch The unpredictable energy of action: Growing a Protest
12.50 Lunch

1.30 George Petelin and Oliver Vodeb and Sam Burch A look in to last years Memefest Brisbane workshop/intervention

2.10 Troy Innocent Revert. Renew. Remake. Playful strategies for recoding urban space

2.50 Kevin Yuen Kit Lo Material Cultures of Resistance: Visual Identity and Solidarity Networks

3.30 Alana Hunt “What if dialogue is fucked?” And I laughed with sudden clarity.

4.10 Break

4.30 Sandy Kaltenborn Design is Not Enough - Radical Intimacy and Other Misunderstandings

5.10 George Petelin Dialogue, Collaboration, and Antagonism: Alternatives for Activist Visual Practice

5.40 Fee Plumley A Return to Commons Sense

6.20 Andrew Garton Launch of Book HADDONS CAFÉ

GISWatch 2014 - Communications surveillance in the digital age

Association for Progressive Communications


Recipients of the Memefest/QCA 2013 Award for Imaginative Critical Intervention presentations

9.30 Ren Fah lamentopos (Austria)

10.00 Bernadette McGough, Kyle Anthony Magee; Daniel Chittick; David Murphy; Jordan Brown Global Liberal Media Please (Australia)

10.30 Mariano Mussi Health and Art: a Dialogue of Provocation (Argentina) TBC

Jane Naylor (Australia) What’s in a name? Snack Art and The Ekphrastic Agency

11.00 Break

11.30 Grandmothers Against Removal (GMAR) Uncle Albert and Aunty Hazel

12.10 Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy Karen Fusi and others

1.00 Lunch

1.40 Keith Robertson Sh*t Design: an exploration of class and the aesthetic in design

2.20 Daniel Marcus From Online to on the Street: Making Public Expression Count

3.00 Lisa Gye Unsettled: History, Time, Space and Belonging

3.40 Break

4.10 Darren Tofts What if dialogue isn’t working? The vexatious case of Hanson Vs. Hanson

4.50 Oliver Vodeb We were talking, a year or so back. We were talking about work, life and love….and now we are here. Some thoughts on Radical Intimacies: Dialogue in our Times

18.00 Evening and BBQ at the Nevermind Bar

336 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, Upstairs.



Presentation of student works created for Radical Intimacies: Dialogue in Our Times

9.30 Theresa Moso
9.45 Lucy Wells
10.00 Jessica Watson

10.15 Hillary Bruce
10.30 Ela Alispahic
10.45 Liora Caplan
11.00 Natana Mayer

11.15 Saba Bebawi The Palestinian/Israeli Conflict: Spheres of Dialogue

11.55 Ray Cook Money Up Front and No Kissing

12.35 Lunch

13.30 Alan Hill Cooperative Images: Notes from an ongoing collaboration between a photo-documentarian and the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy

14.10 Scott Townsend Recent projects- contexts and strategies

15.00 Group discussion and formation for workshops. Initial consultation with mentors


All days are reserved for the workshop and the direct actions in the public space of Melbourne. We will work in groups, together from 9.30- 5 pm. A more detailed schedule will be posted over the weekend.

See you next Tuesday 18. November at 9.15 in the Factory of the Future AMDC building, Swinburne University Hawthorne.

Read here participants/presenters bios: here.

The Symposium is open for all, the workshop is by invitation. Please register for the Symposium here:


* Research partners of the event are Grififth Centre for Creative Arts Research and Swinburne Centre for Design Innovation


Research partners of the event are Grififth Centre for Creative Arts Research and Swinburne Centre for Design Innovation


About Memefest events

Events have a long tradition at Memefest. This page serves as a showcase and information platform about the more recent ones. We like to connect the physical and the virtual, although the intimate, personal contact that happens when people are collaborating, close, face to face with direct eye contact and time to hang out together in the same time zone, same space and place is what we like the most.

To us events are social media. We use the opportunity of this network to connect people that are genuinely dedicated to radically rethink the way we relate to the world and to one another and to use this knowledge to create change.

Our events are experimental, research based, extradisciplinary, educational, imaginary, creative, interventionist and mostly informal in nature. We do them whenever we think it’s necessary.