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h.watts

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Food Democracy Webinar!
Dear Friends, join us for the FOOD DEMOCRACY live Webinar where I will be together with Franceska Fr...

oliver
1 week, 1 day ago

So this is cool. A project to fight scams/ scamers. So next time you get a scam email, exmpl. someone wants to send you 5 million USD out of nothing send the email you have received to me@rescam.org

But check out this video that explains it all:

http://www.e-flux.com/journal/83/141287/overcoming-internet-disillusionment-on-the-principles-of-meme-design/

oliver
1 week, 1 day ago
oliver
4 months, 3 weeks ago

Here an interview tactical media guru and director of the Institute of Network culture in Amsterdam Geert Lovink made with me on the addictive power of Memes. It is their crucial nature in my opinion and never it became as explicit as now. It is crucial to understand these characteristics of memes in order to develop responses to the current media environment. There is also a crucial shift in the way visual memes operate and in the very logic of communication design.

http://networkcultures.org/geert/2017/06/22/interview-with-oliver-vodeb-memefest-on-the-addictive-power-of-memes-today/

stephen_designer
1 month, 1 week ago
Great interview Oliver about addictive power of memes today, I really enjoyed reading it. Do you know, or anyone else, have an example of a large company that has used memes in a campaign to create financial profit & can you share a link to it? I'm just curious if the company meme results look too manufactured due to a big company budget & maybe producing a space for it to thrive so it potentially becomes less effective as compared to naturally organic occurring memes made from a social action for example. At the moment I'm basically looking for a comparison on the high design memes to low design memes if that makes sense.
oliver
1 week, 1 day ago
stephen_designer
1 month ago

I'm ecstatic, I just found a way to use my art & design to help an environmental issue close to my heart, & leave a positive legacy for thousands of years! It's already a proven successful strategy & of course one day other factors may reduce its effectiveness but finding a greater purpose for my creativity has been a struggle for me for some years. I'll write about it soon. :)

stephen_designer
1 month ago

I read this article "An Existential View Of Loneliness" years ago when I was lonely and it helped me think better about loneliness. Rethinking and changing my perspective of loneliness, so I hope it can benefit someone in some way by sharing it here. "Loneliness, on this view, is an experience to be welcomed rather than banished, for it brings us face to face with two of life's most important questions: What is life really all about, and how should I use my freedom to define myself?" Link here: http://philosophicalsociety.com/Archives/An%20Existential%20View%20Of%20Loneliness.htm

oliver
1 month, 4 weeks ago

General Theory of the Precariat

http://networkcultures.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/ToD25-Precariat-AlexFoti.pdf

About the book

From the fast-food industry to the sharing economy, precarious work has become the norm in contemporary capitalism, like the anti-globalization movement predicted it would. This book describes how the precariat came into being under neoliberalism and how it has radicalized in response to crisis and austerity. It investigates the political economy of precarity and the historical sociology of the precariat, and discusses movements of precarious youth against oligopoly and oligarchy in Europe, America, and East Asia. Foti covers the three fundamental dates of recent history: the financial crisis of 2008, the political revolutions of 2011, and the national-populist backlash of 2016, to present his class theory of the precariat and the ideology of left-populist movements. Building a theory of capitalist crisis to understand the aftermath of the Great Recession, he outlines political scenarios where the precariat can successfully fight for emancipation, and reverse inequality and environmental destruction. Written by the activist who put precarity on the map of radical thinking, this is the first work proposing a complete theory of the precariat in its actuality and potentiality.

julianne
1 month, 1 week ago
Hello Oliver, it sounds like a solid read but a bit heavy on language. Is it easy to understand?
oliver
1 month, 1 week ago
Hi Julianne it a bit dense, but have a look for your self, from the link I posted you can download a pdf. of the book for free!
julianne
1 month, 1 week ago
Thanks for getting back! Okayy, I'll have a look - thanks for sharing, I looked into the 'networkcultures' website.
Also, your profile description reads that you teach at Swinburne Uni in Melbourne?! I graduated there early this year. I would love to hear more of your work :)
oliver
1 month, 1 week ago
Are you still in Melbourne? We can meet for a chat if you come to Swinburne one day...? here is an interview with me on Networkcultures : http://networkcultures.org/geert/2017/06/22/interview-with-oliver-vodeb-memefest-on-the-addictive-power-of-memes-today/
julianne
1 month, 1 week ago
Yes, I live in Melbourne. I read that you moved to Melbourne?! So interesting. I would love to meet for a chat! We can meet at Haddons Cafe soon - what days do you teach/work there?
stephen_designer
1 month, 1 week ago
General Theory of the Precariat book seems very interesting, amazing it's free to read. I've never heard of the word Precariat until now. I'll give it a read, thanks for sharing it.
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1 month, 1 week ago

Talking with the moster.

stephen_designer
1 month, 1 week ago

I'm so happy to be back on memefest! It's amazing to see you are still active on here Oliver, that's awesome to see! I haven't been on memefest for three years I think.

So tonight I have just watched the new Blade Runner 2049 movie for the second time! Blade Runner 2049 is blowing my mind, both in beautiful and amazing cinematography/acting and the many various topics it brings up. Such as futuristic SciFi slavery, cloning, technology, sex, power, control, authority, ethics etc. Then architecture, music, sound design, design disciplines that helped make Blade Runner 2049 film possible! Script writing too. There are so many tiny details in the film. Just an example is the way they portray a giant built man who wears tiny glasses creating part of his character profile is interesting. I plan on watching Blade Runner 2049 three more times this month while it's still in the cinema as it's not only entertainment for me, it's also for my own personal research for the cyber punk/glitch video styles, futuristic ideology/themes.

I hope I've convinced my comrades on memefest to go see Blade Runner 2049 at the cinema soon and indulge in watching it more than once. But don't watch the full movie trailers, if you watch the two official movie trailers for Blade Runner 2049 you'll basically see the entire movie which is huge spoiler. If you want surprises don't watch the movie trailers.

You can watch the first Blade Runner movie first, but it's not totally necessary, it just helps you understand the full story line if you watch the first movie.

This Blade Runner 2049 movie has come out at the perfect timing for me as I'm super interested in cyber punk/glitch video theme/style lately. I've gotten interested in Cyber Punk/glitches because of some new computer games I've found over the past two years that are currently being developed. Wanting to experiment with glitch videos now.

Another great movie to watch I recommend is the new movie called Atomic Blonde, came out in 2017. For some of the similar reasons as Blade Runner I love Atomic Blonde movie.

But above all else I hope to now be intellectually stimulated on memefest!

oliver
3 months, 3 weeks ago

Hi there friends: I want to share with you a truly wonderful project that is more than worth your attention and support. A few days left to reach the goal of this crowdfunding campaign and your donation could really make the difference. Cups of nun chai is a memorial work for the 118 civilians that died in pro-freedom protests in Indian occupied Kashmir in 2010. One of my favorite art projects. But please see more on the link bellow and please do consider supporting the project financially (you will receive a lot in return)!


https://pozible.com/project/cups-of-nun-chai

oliver
4 months, 2 weeks ago

“Developing dissident knowledges”: Geert Lovink on the Social Media Abyss

http://lagrietaonline.com/developing-dissident-knowledges-geert-lovink-on-the-social-media-abyss/

oliver
5 months, 3 weeks ago

Does Facebook Make Us Unhappy and Unhealthy?
A look at new research covering thousands of adults

https://www.wsj.com/articles/does-facebook-make-us-unhappy-and-unhealthy-1495729227

lisagye
5 months, 1 week ago
I call bullshit on these studies - if you go and look at the actual methodology they used, they don't have a baseline of mental health before FB use and after - so it could just as easily be argued that people turn to FB when they are, for many reasons, unable to enjoy the privilege of FTF encounter and are already suffering from social isolation or anxiety/depression. I think it displaces attention away from the systemic breakdown of community/localised relations brought about by global capital. Online social networks can act as supports for genuinely local, community based activities (which I think are key to our ongoing survival and resistance) when they are not seen as replacements for these activities.
oliver
5 months, 1 week ago
here I disagree. FB is a symptom of and tool for what you call "systemic breakdown of community/localised relations brought about by global capital." social networks do not equal social networks and FB plays a particular role. its far more detrimental than just effecting personal mental health but it is one of the main players of destroying the public sphere. I am not saying everyone using FB is not happy or is unhealthy but FB - if used as so many people use it- is far from doing much good. using FB for ongoing survival and resistance can be good but this is done by people that are savvy and disciplined in this actions, not by regular users, at least not by the ones I know.
lisagye
5 months, 1 week ago
I agree that the FB is definitely not the ideal space for online networked community - but it is where people are for now. Of course, I think we are already seeing a drift away from such spaces. At the moment though there are many people who struggle to engage technically even in a relatively easy to use space such as FB (and don't get me started on Twitter) so part of the issue is technological literacy at the local community level. I would love it if more people used radically open platforms like Memefest (which is why I'm here ;) but as we know this is the dilemma. I don't have an easy answer to this. And I agree we need to keep looking for one.
lisagye
5 months, 1 week ago
The thing I hate about FB is that it is like a sideways glance at a party with no need for further dialogue. You're right in that in making "contact" easy it becomes trivial - I keep thinking of Milan Kundera's Unbearable Lightness of Being" - that's what FB is. Real dialogue and connection is hard and takes work when we live so far from each other (even when that means only streets away). It requires commitment and that is made to seem like such hard work when really it isn't.
oliver
5 months, 1 week ago

This is a great read: Notes Toward the Memes of Production

https://www.textezurkunst.de/106/notes-toward-memes-production/#id56

oliver
5 months, 1 week ago
http://artfcity.com/2010/09/09/img-mgmt-what-relational-aesthetics-can-learn-from-4chan/

[IMG MGMT] What Relational Aesthetics Can Learn From 4Chan
lisagye
5 months, 1 week ago
Yes, it's always struck me as odd that RA proponents and advocates still want legitimacy from the institutions they are trying to evade or unsettle. These are just the sorts of readings I have been looking for - thanks
lisagye
5 months, 1 week ago
Also, it would be interesting to get some insight into the Momentum campaign in the recent UK election. I had a student working with a small Labor Party electorate membership group this semester, trying to help them understand how they might use social media to increase youth participation in their branch of the party. From what I can tell, it was like pushing shit uphill trying to get 'older' party members to understand how the communicative political landscape has changed.
oliver
5 months, 1 week ago

Disobedient Electronics booklet edited and hand-crafted by Garnet Hertz.

http://we-make-money-not-art.com/disobedient-electronics-protest/?utm_content=buffer63afa&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

lisagye
5 months, 1 week ago
This looks amazing. I've just submitted a request for a copy. So many great ideas in here.
oliver
5 months, 3 weeks ago

Here some very good research on Facebook, highly recommend!

https://labs.rs/en/

oliver
6 months, 2 weeks ago

Facebook showed advertisers how it has the capacity to identify when teenagers feel “insecure”, “worthless” and “need a confidence boost”, according to a leaked documents based on research quietly conducted by the social network.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/01/facebook-advertising-data-insecure-teens

oliver
6 months, 3 weeks ago

This is great- Open Source seeds!

http://opensourceseeds.org/en/home

oliver
8 months, 3 weeks ago

The Critique of Design Thinking is a bit naive, but there is a lot in here which deserves support. Quite a few things similar to our Memefest workshop approaches. The idea that good design is potentially solving problems created by bad design is one of them. Still what's missing is an emphasis on decolonization:

https://www.fastcodesign.com/3068235/want-to-fight-inequality-forget-design-thinking

oliver
9 months ago

This is really worrying if we don't find an alternative. Its interesting because the growing distrust to media was mostly visible in advertising first. Now media as such will become distrusted but with potentially severe consequences.

AI and the End of Truth
Think the current fake news issue is bad? It won’t get any better with AI.

https://medium.com/swlh/ai-and-the-end-of-truth-9a42675de18#.tj0bq4yuq

oliver
9 months ago

Organizing for protest on Facebook will make you vulnerable as your activities are monitored and data fwd to police and other control agencies:


Inauguration-protest arrests lead to Facebook data prosecution
Move fast and break democracy.


https://www.engadget.com/2017/02/10/inauguration-protest-arrests-lead-to-facebook-data-prosecution/

h.watts
ABOUT ME

Username

h.watts


Name

Harriet Watts


Birth year

1987


Gender

female


Country

Australia


I have joined the Memfest community becasue i am interested in

how and where the creative industry and environmental activism connect and overlap. I'm interested in how to create change and shift culture towards sustainable ideals using holistic thinking. I'm also interesting in simple things like using waste to design and make products.


Faculty

Studied at UNSW Art + Design in Sydney, and now teaching there


Education

Conceptual and cross-disciplinary design (object and textiles)


Working place

The Fortynine Studio


Books I like

Some ultimate faves...
The Hidden Life of Trees - Peter Wohlleben
The Lacuna - Barbara Kingsolver
Look Who's Morphing - Tom Cho
Quiet - Susan Cain


COMRADES
oliver stephen_designer