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3 days, 8 hours ago

Four years ago,

when we created this online platform with our social network, it was designed as an alternative to Facebook.

No data mining, no commercial advertising, no fake likes, no fake profiles, no surveliance. It is still fascinating for me how many of the people that agree on the argument that FB is very problematic still post on FB- very regularly. When I talk to my friends, usually the argument goes like this: "You are right, FB is very problematic, BUT it is very convenient and because everyone is there I can reach all of my friends easily."

Well, you thought so..


fake likes, global click farms and enforced scarsity of visibility... facebook's twisted like machine

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New Book: InDEBTed to Intervene

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3 weeks, 2 days ago

Nuevo Libro: EnDEUDAdos para Intervenir

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Nuevo Libro: EnDEUDAdos para Intervenir
Queridos Camaradas, Amigos y Colaboradores

Estamos muy contentos de dar a conocer nuestro nuevo l...

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1 month, 1 week ago

"Great work guys!have the book in my hands and it bring to mind many important topics(and also all th..."

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1 month, 3 weeks ago

New Book: InDEBTed to Intervene

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2 months ago

New Book: InDEBTed to Intervene
We are very excited to let you know about our new book. We have been working on it for more than a y...

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2 months, 1 week ago

NOVA KNJIGA: InDEBTed TO INTERVENE, Critical Lessons in Debt, Communication, Art and Theoretical Practice
U ediciji Interventions, u izdanju Memefesta i Queensland College of Art - Griffith University, izaš...

2 months, 1 week ago

Here we go: The first serious torrent platform for Academic work. Great!

3 months, 2 weeks ago

It was quiet for a while in the international media about the Zaptistas. Now they have celebrated 20 years of their uprising. And here a report from Democracy Now:


It was always very interesting how the Zapatistas treated media and what kind of strategies and tactics they have employed. They were the first radical movement that has truly used the powers of the internet, but more than that already long ago, they have understood the relation between digital and physical in their communication strategies. Even more than that, they were able to use pop culture as a vehicle for their messages without falling in the realm of cooptation. If you have the chance to be in San Cristobal in Chiapas, go in one of the shops that sells Zapatista merchandise and have a look at the sophistication of the messages and artifacts. Not sure if this is true, but a story circulated that Marcos holds a PhD in media and communication studies.

And interestingly subcomandate Marcos - and his images, his representations especially- were regularly compared to those of Che Guevara, as Marcos being the new mythical leader of the global struggle against capitals oppression.

3 months, 3 weeks ago

This is good. A long due reflection of instant formats of public events that aim to push for "innovation", "groundbreaking ideas" etc... Here a critique of TED talks by Benjamin Bratton. (I would add Pecha Kucha too.)

"In our culture, talking about the future is sometimes a polite way of saying things about the present that would otherwise be rude or risky.

But have you ever wondered why so little of the future promised in TED talks actually happens? So much potential and enthusiasm, and so little actual change. Are the ideas wrong? Or is the idea about what ideas can do all by themselves wrong?....

Communism in theory is an egalitarian utopia.

Actually existing communism meant ecological devastation, government spying, crappy cars and gulags.

Capitalism in theory is rocket ships, nanomedicine, and Bono saving Africa.

Actually existing capitalism means Walmart jobs, McMansions, people living in the sewers under Las Vegas, Ryan Seacrest … plus – ecological devastation, government spying, crappy public transportation and for-profit prisons."

More here: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/30/we-need-to-talk-about-ted

4 months, 3 weeks ago

http://desarquivo.org/node/1447/ memefest page as "strategy" at desarquivo website (an online archive for art and activism). it's open for adding related files (english or portuguese).

4 months, 3 weeks ago
Hey Ines, great and thank you! How are you, how is life?
4 months, 1 week ago
4 months, 1 week ago
i´m great, and you? i sent you an e-mail a while back
4 months, 1 week ago
can you please resend, i don t think i have got it.
4 months, 1 week ago


SustainTalks are the Royal College of Art's forum for discussion on all issues relating to sustainability and future living. Radical New Communities will look at the need to adapt to a changing world and the growing interest in radical new forms of community. Autonomous and self-sufficient, these are laboratories for new forms of art, architecture, agriculture, social integration and politics. Speakers include John Jordan and Isabel Fremeaux, founders of French post-capitalist, permaculture-art collective, Labofii; Rutger de Graaf, Managing Director of DeltaSynch, a Dutch floating city development; and Tony Dunne, Head of Design Interactions at the RCA and creator of United Micro Kingdoms.


4 months, 1 week ago

A nice intervention in to a Rupert Murdoch owned Australian newspaper.


4 months, 1 week ago


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4 months, 2 weeks ago

"Here also some participant's feedback


4 months, 3 weeks ago

Hey, here something that I really believe in. As you know Memefest is collaborating with the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy and their Food Program. Here a message from BASE:

Can you afford $10 a fortnight to contribute to the work of the BASE Community Food Program? Each week the BASE Community Food Program is providing food parcels to between 70 to 100 families across Brisbane. To keep expanding the program, we are asking supporters who can to contribute $10/fortnight. If you can help out with a regular contribution, please drop us a line at basefoodprogram@gmail.com with “pledge campaign” in the subject line and we’ll send you the account details.

4 months, 3 weeks ago

In the U.S. 49.7 Million Are Now Poor, and 80% of the Total Population Is Near Poverty


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4 months, 4 weeks ago


About me


Name Oliver Vodeb




I am a member of Memefest communication/art/theory Kolektiv, and founder, curator and editor of Memefest Festival of Socially Responsive Communication and Art. Iam also facilitator of Memefest online social network.

I am an Academic at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. I teach and research mostly in the field of communication design. I approach design/communication from a critical perspective and investigate theoretical, strategic, conceptual and "hands on" practice.

I enjoy working in many different media including visual and text.

Books I have published :




This was my studio in Slovenia (2004-2012): www.poper.si

CV (sort of): http://www.memefest.org/en/about/who_we_are_oliver_vodeb/

You can read some of my texts here:

I have joined the Memfest community becasue i am interested in

I have been here from the very beginning. I am interested in communication/
design for social and environmental change.
I name such communication
socially responsive communication.

Broadly speaking iam interested in visual communication, photography, sociological aspects of communication, design and media.

Iam interested in institutionalised forms of communication like for example communication done by design/communication studios and advertising agencies as well as non institutionalised forms of communication like tactical media or broader aspects of media activism.

In a slightly more academic language:

I am interested in how critical social theory can illuminate the complex processes of production, distribution and reception of public (visual) communication in order to generate public communication as a responsible social, political, economic and cultural practice.

I am particularly interested in relations between concepts of response-ability and communication effectiveness, and the social construction of design and other forms of pubic communication as profession, practice and praxis within academia, the market environments and non-institutionalised communities.


was studiing at Faculty for social sciences University of Ljubljana


PhD in sociology of communication and design

Working place

Swinburne University of Technology

Music I like

Flamming Lips, Pixies, The Black Crowes, Demeter, Porno for Pyros, Ry Cooder, Junior Kimbrough, Townes van Zandt, T-model Ford, The Dirty Three, Bonnie Prince Billy, Primus, Faith no More, Bob Dylan, RHCP, Alice Donut, Faith no more, Mark Lanegan, Reigning Sound...;

Books I like

The unbearable lightness of being, A Confederacy of Dunces, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,...;

Films I like

The man who wasn't there, No country for old man, Genova, Zidane a 21st century portrait, There will be blood, Il Postino, Festen, Straight Story, Wild at heart, White Ribbon, Dog tooth;

Communication projects I like

I like stuff we did at Poper studio. I like posters from Inkahoots. I like the zine project 23/56 from Kevin. I like many things that were submitted to Memefest, I like stuff from Cactusnetwork, I like the work of Image-shift.

Websites I like

poper.si, memefest.org, rebelart.net, magnumphotos.com, mubi.com, ubu.com, http://twotheories.blogspot.com, brianholmes.wordpress.com, www.lensculture.com, www.burnmagazine.org, www.bagnewsnotes.com, www.cactusnetwork.org.uk, http://www.image-shift.net, www.inkahoots.com.au/

People I like

My dear family and my wonderful friends.

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