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Sttwn

DESIGNER   +   RESEARCHER   +   ARTIST   +   EDUCATOR   +   WRITER

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oliver
5 years, 6 months ago

This is good. While "critical making" here is focusing on product design mostly, the concept can be extended to visual communication. Relevant to what we do: http://current.ecuad.ca/what-is-critical-making

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5 years, 6 months ago

The Patchwork Model

oliver
5 years, 7 months 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:

http://memefest.org/en/memeblog/2016/03/memefest--festival-outlines-pleasure/



oliver
5 years, 7 months ago

Here a good piece on the Managerial University. I see this happening every day. Its really worth your time! Whats the alternative?

http://www.demosproject.net/the-managerial-university-a-failed-experiment/

oliver
5 years, 7 months 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

oliver
5 years, 7 months ago

Here a good list of alternative knowledge sharing platforms:

http://liquidbooks.pbworks.com/w/page/106264335/Alternative%20Platforms

oliver
5 years, 8 months ago

Remember Memefest 2013: DEBT-

Revealed: how the FBI coordinated the crackdown on Occupy

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/dec/29/fbi-coordinated-crackdown-occupy

oliver
5 years, 8 months 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:

http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/the-island-of-all-together/

rok
5 years, 8 months ago
What a great and touchy documentary!
oliver
5 years, 8 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/

oliver
5 years, 8 months ago

Here's a good one about the new Facebook "Reactions" recently introduced to supplement the Like button.

http://thenewinquiry.com/blogs/marginal-utility/reacting-to-reactions/

oliver
5 years, 9 months ago

Will be doing a virtual Iranian cooking lesson tonight.

Here more:

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.

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oliver
5 years, 9 months ago

Here my new text in Design and Culture:

Social Innovation and Design Education: Towards a Socially Responsive Communication Design Pedagogy

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17547075.2015.1096187

oliver wrote new blogpost
5 years, 9 months ago

Expanded social documentary: strategies, techniques, and experimental forms.
Photo, video, research and storytelling master class led by Memefest curator Scott Townsend not to b...

oliver
5 years, 10 months ago

The political economy of David Bowie:

http://www.perc.org.uk/project_posts/the-political-economy-of-david-bowie/

oliver
5 years, 10 months ago

Here is a great session on institutional critique. It is focused on art, but this stuff can be very well used for non art institutions as well. Its really important stuff for a imaginative process of redirecting communication/design and art.

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oliver
5 years, 10 months ago

Sean Penn, interviews El Chapo Guzman, shortly before he gets captured again:

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/el-chapo-speaks-20160109

oliver
5 years, 12 months ago

You Can Actually Hear the Climate Changing
Bernie Krause’s vast library of field recordings reveals a sad truth: wild sounds are quickly vanishing

http://www.outsideonline.com/2035701/bernie-krause-audio-climate-change

oliver
6 years ago

Brandalism: 600 ad takeovers in Paris before the COP21 Climate Conference

http://www.streetartnews.net/2015/11/brandalism-600-ad-takeovers-in-paris.html

oliver
6 years, 1 month ago

"A few years ago, I was being shown around a large, very technologically advanced university in Asia by its proud president. As befitted so eminent a personage, he was flanked by two burly young minders in black suits and shades, who for all I knew were carrying Kalashnikovs under their jackets. Having waxed lyrical about his gleaming new business school and state-of-the-art institute for management studies, the president paused to permit me a few words of fulsome praise. I remarked instead that there seemed to be no critical studies of any kind on his campus. He looked at me bemusedly, as though I had asked him how many Ph.D.’s in pole dancing they awarded each year, and replied rather stiffly "Your comment will be noted." He then took a small piece of cutting-edge technology out of his pocket, flicked it open and spoke a few curt words of Korean into it, probably "Kill him.""

http://chronicle.com/article/The-Slow-Death-of-the/228991/

oliver
6 years, 1 month ago

Phone Phreak Confidential The Backstory of the History of Phone Phreaking

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Sttwn
ABOUT ME

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Sttwn


Name

Scott Townsend


Website

http://www.imaginarycountry.org/


Description

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"-

http://www.imaginarycountry.org/www_09/research.html

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:
http://www.imaginarycountry.org/www_09/research.html

-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-

http://www.imaginarycountry.org/www_09/research.html)

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.


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