3 hours, 35 minutes ago
"Designers have played an active role in creating digital and physical borders to prevent refugees entering Europe". But can and should the refugee crisis be treated as a design problem?
Memefest PLEASURE: The Pleasure of Hospitality (and being human)
Read the outlines here: http://memefest.org/…/visualcommunicationpractice_2016outl…/
Read more about the relation between design and refugees here:
2 months, 3 weeks ago
Addiction as the driving model of Facebook: http://nyti.ms/1N6K0rO
See here our festival outlines:
Capitalisms business models are based on addiction. New clothes, new technology, permanently new and innovative strategies in institutions, new cars, new mobile phones new this and that, are what we can see everyday. And our addictions rising- just think of our addiction from screens and social media and the internet- the perfect complementary drug to the pharmaceuticals- the legal drug of choice- creating an atmosphere, but never demanding, or even destroying – focus or attention. While “expanding horizons”, “exploring consciousness” and "hedonism" used to be a quality of drugs, pharmaceuticals are correctives, ironing out inappropriate behaviour. No wonder the drugged masses like to do the “right thing”. Little pleasure the pharmaceuticals give us, we must add as well.
Check the whole outlines here:
3 months ago
Here a good piece on the Managerial University. I see this happening every day. Its really worth your time! Whats the alternative?
3 months, 2 weeks ago
The Boston Globe recently published a fake cover imagining a time when Donald Trump would be president. The first major daily doing it as the Yes Men did it with their fake New York times - although this was an art project. Art imitates life imitates art imitating life....Here more: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/10/trump-president-boston-globe-predicts-news-fake-front-page
3 months, 2 weeks ago
Here a good list of alternative knowledge sharing platforms:
3 months, 3 weeks ago
Remember Memefest 2013: DEBT-
Revealed: how the FBI coordinated the crackdown on Occupy
4 months, 1 week ago
Part of this years Memefest PLEASURE outlines is devoted to the Pleasure of Hospitality (and being human). Here a wonderful short film about conversations between refugees and tourists on the Greek Island Lesbos:
4 months ago
Memefest 2016 Festival theme: PLEASURE
The pleasure of drugs:
At the time, I was writing a book about the politics of drug prohibition. I started to ask Ehrlichman a series of earnest, wonky questions that he impatiently waved away. “You want to know what this was really all about?” he asked with the bluntness of a man who, after public disgrace and a stretch in federal prison, had little left to protect. “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
More here: http://jezebel.com/nixons-policy-advisor-admits-he-invented-war-on-drugs-t-1766359595
Memefest outlines here: http://memefest.org/en/competition/intro/
4 months, 1 week ago
Here's a good one about the new Facebook "Reactions" recently introduced to supplement the Like button.
4 months, 3 weeks ago
Will be doing a virtual Iranian cooking lesson tonight.
THE IRANIAN VIRTUAL COOKING LESSON
Where: TEHRAN, IRAN & AROUND THE WORLD (via video call)
When: Saturday March 5, 2016 8:00pm-10:30pm Tehran time (GMT +3:30)
Join Conflict Kitchen and participants from around the world for a virtual cooking lesson and Iranian meal with Executive Chef Bahar Sarhangi, live from Tehran. You can tune in from your home kitchen to our live feed below. We will be making Khoresht-e Bademjan. You will be able to follow it live from the link bellow. If you want to cook as well see here what ingredients you need.
5 months ago
Here my new text in Design and Culture:
Social Innovation and Design Education: Towards a Socially Responsive Communication Design Pedagogy
Editor-in- chief of ParisLike, webmagazine about art, creativity and culture.
Author of two literary essays: Kafka-Cola, sans pitié ni sucre ajouté (2008) and Peeping Tom (2011) published by the Éditions Léo Scheer.