2 days, 18 hours ago
Artists, critical writers and communication design interventionists- 10 more days to go!
Well, well... as we are receiving festival works from around the globe- here a reminder. Ten more da...
3 weeks, 3 days ago
I came back from fantastic colombia few days ago.
Together with my amigos Claudia Jurado and Fernando Cuevas I have conducted a FOOD DEMOCRACY workshop at Universidad Caldas for students and participants of the Festival de la Imagen. Really great.
Along with my academic lectures I also had the opportunity to introduce Memefest at several other occasions at the University Andina in Perreira and Central University in Bogota. All institutions showed great interest to collaborate in the future. Uni Caldas and Andina are already working with their students on FOOD DEMOCRACY. What Iam also really happy about is that - as it seems- Memefest's local Colombian node is re-established. There will be a small team working on Memefest locally. Fantastic news!:)
1 week, 5 days ago
Taking back control of cooking may be the single most important step anyone can take to help make the food system healthier and more sustainable claims Michael Pollan in his latest book "Cooked". Here you can listen to him speaking about in a NPR interview: http://www.npr.org/2013/05/03/180824408/michael-pollan-you-are-what-you-cook
1 week, 2 days ago
"Pozdravljeni Nina- pisite na oliver AT memefest.org......"
1 week, 3 days ago
Rok za prijavu radova na MEMEFEST 2013 - FOOD DEMOCRACY je produžen do 31. maja 2013!
Memefestovci, rok za predaju radova smo produžili do kraja meseca!
Kao što znate, tema Memefesta...
1 week, 3 days ago
UN urges people to eat insects to fight world hunger
Wasps, beetles and other insects are currently "underutilised" as food for people and livestock, the report says. Insect farming is "one of the many ways to address food and feed security".
"Insects are everywhere and they reproduce quickly, and they have high growth and feed conversion rates and a low environmental footprint," according to the report.
2 weeks ago
One-Third of U.S. Honeybee Colonies Died Last Winter, Threatening Food Supply
3 weeks, 2 days ago
SECOND MEMEFEST/ QCA AWARD FOR IMAGINATIVE CRITICAL INTERVENTION
Three more weeks to go. Our deadline to submit to the Friendly competition is May 20th. (Ps: Deadlin...
1 month ago
Thomas Herndon, a student found serious flaws in the paper "Growth in the times of Debt" the massively influential study by two Harvard professors named Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff.
The study is the theoretical foundation of Austerity politics. The original paper is wrong, so is austerity.
1 month ago
Curious what everyone's thought are on this, on the topic of food democracy:
1 month, 3 weeks ago
This years Memefest theme FOOD DEMOCRACY fascinates me more and more. And iam paying even more attention to food. Although I always was highly interested in it, but not in this various ways as iam now aware of many more things while studying the topic.
Iam more and more convinced that home cooking is one of the most powerful acts of resisting the corporate food culture. Not only home cooking can have an emancipatory dimension but cooking is also one of the highest art forms.
I asked my students, here in Brisbane- how many are cooking and how many enjoy it- a bit less than two thirds of the class. That is encouraging and good, especially as they are students...
1 month, 1 week ago
Ok, it is easy to dismiss this as "clicktivism" but if it has a bit of a impact- and the numbers show it can have more than that, its worth doing it. Avaaz's petition against Monstantos plans to buy up mother earth! Almost 1,5 mio signatures so far.
1 month, 1 week ago
FOOD DEMOCRACY / Rok za prijavu radova na MEMEFEST 2013 je 20. maj!
Vandana Shiva je indijska filozofkinja, ekološka aktivistica, ekofeministica i autorica koja nas sve...
Name Scott Townsend
Additional information on the work proposed;
Most of the work was developed in and for areas in conflict. There are several examples:
I. (earlier work: http://www.imaginarycountry.org/www_09/research.html
-and "Borderline Series")
An urban neighborhood in the United States with an influx of people from Central and South America in conflict with a traditional European/American population. The pieces were about bringing some kind of reflection and conciliation with both sides when it was exhibited, with other programming from community leaders from both sides.
II. "Your Imaginary Country: the Berlin Wall and the Southwest Border Initiative” 2008 and 2010. Another project tied together two parts of the globe that have a history with a "Wall"-
The Imaginary Country project was shown in Berlin and in the Southwest US- and linked through the web so that answers from both places could be shown together from the audiences. It developed stories and audience based questions about political and economic exclusion of people from each country at a particular time and place- comparing the German “Wall” with the US "wall:" the Strategic Border Initiative, which literally is an update on the Berlin Wall physically. Audience answers became part of the project- both sides were appalled that a) something like this was happening once again in a "democracy," (the Berlin audience) while the U.S. audience understood the comparison (though it was broken down in terms of what motivates the idea of a "wall") since so much of U.S. ideology is about the iconography of the end of "communism" in Europe.
III. The projects tend to elicit audience responses both in the work (answers from the audience become part of the work electronically) that fall into all of the love/conflict/imagination categories in your proposal call.
see documentation at:
-and the Visual Communication project (print based - Sage Publishers in the U.K)
In the projects that I develop, people talk about imagining what their new community could be like- they evidence conflict between themselves and the reality- (often about conflicts between not only the new community that they live in, but also conflicts with their family and expectations of being fully from both cultures) The conflicts of course are often induced from governments and economies in conflict- such as the current EU economic situation and smaller countries (see the project "Marriage of Convenience"
done with collaborators in Lithuania in 09-
IV. Finally- my most recent work tries to raise issues about how we imagine relationships based on body metaphor- see www.imaginarycountry.org/ch_2011
and the interactive animation "pulse" in particular. This was done in a major corporate city in the United States- which is the second largest banking center in the U.S. (behind NYC).
Please feel free to get back in touch- the memefest project is something if possible I would greatly like to participate in.