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PLEASURE: Friendly Competition Deadline Closed!

We are very excited to have received inspiring works from around the world to this years Friendly competition!

The theme PLEASURE has triggered a lot of creative energy and work. It was and is a highly interesting journey for us too.

Pleasure is at the very core of socially responsive communication, design and art. But how does pleasure manifest today, what is its place in design, media, art and society?

We are interested in processes where pleasure meets with conflict and especially in ways we can experience pleasure in our everyday life, which can contribute to its radical transformation towards social justice. How can pleasure transform the way we live, laugh, listen, eat, create, think, imagine, dream, work, play and relate to each other?

The works from four continents are at the second look a deep interrogation in to this years festival theme. Many of them are surprising, especially as pleasure is not only defined by culture but also by generation. Our youngest participants especially seem to b speaking from a place we should learn about with care.

Now the internal process begins: first we need to make sure all works are submitted properly. After that a short list will be curated. Than this selection will be curated again by the Memefest Friendly competition curators and editors. They will take three weeks time to evaluation and best works will get special written feedback. The results of this public (meta) curatorial approach will be published here online for anyone to reed. Of course there will be feedback opportunity for everyone and especially this is something we will encourage. But we'll talk more about this process later.

So when will we publish results? You need to know that this process of evaluation is highly important to us. Thorough evaluation takes time and effort.
Our curators and editors will have two weeks time and given the preselection process all together will take more than three weeks of work.

Results will be published on the 25th of October and the curated works known. Than we will also announce the three recipients of the Memefest/Swinburne award for Imaginative Critical Intervention who will be invited to take part in the special extradisciplinary workshop/intervention in Melbourne, November 21-28th at Swinburne University. This will be the next major event and one we are very excited about. We have fantastic things to announce and will write more about this soon.

For now let's get back to work. We are excited to see and read your submissions.

Thanks to everyone who has submitted works - It is important! In this way you all are contributing to the process of research, theory and practice of Socially Responsive Communication, Design and Art. It is crucial that we work together on this. We have come a long way already.

More soon!

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