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1 day, 20 hours ago

The newest of the arguments that make the case we should be using independent and autonomous social networks like the one on memefest.org!

Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach

Whistleblower describes how firm linked to former Trump adviser Steve Bannon compiled user data to target American voters


3 days, 22 hours ago

I wonder. Is being a flaneur in the 21st century a bad thing? And when I say flaneur I mean one with a camera on them at all times. Take this picture fir example. I was wandering a part of Melbourne's CBD I rarely walk when I stumbled upon this fabulous interactive and engaging political artwork.

3 days, 13 hours ago
Hey, thanks for sharing this and thank you for showing it to me. I will meet with steve, who did this work tomorrow, I had no idea he is in town and wanted to talk to him for a while, thanks again. Also, was cool to meet you, we should go for a drink and a chat sometime!
3 days, 12 hours ago
No worries Oliver. Would love to have a chat and drink...
1 day, 20 hours ago
Yes, lets catch up sometimes after easter break perhaps? Have met with Steve Lambert, the artist behind the Capitalism sign yesterday. Great guy!
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3 days, 2 hours ago

New book out on DIY activism

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3 days, 8 hours ago

Open call for residence!!! Occupy the kitchen !
the project

Occupy the kitchen! is a food artivism project where contemporary practices that a...

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3 days, 15 hours ago

Food Democracy book presentation Webinar!

1 month, 3 weeks ago

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2 weeks, 6 days ago

I remember Memefest 2014, here in Melbourne.
Our theme was Dialogue, more precisely "Radical Intimacies: Dialogue in our Times". Giving my lecture at the symposium I was explaining how much effort we were putting into programming and designing an autonomous online social network on memefest.org and how funny and sad it is that so many artists, activists etc. actually use pretty much exclusively Facebook to network and self promote. What we could observe back than was a strong indicator or what is happening now. Facebook is not a place for non profits, activists, artists groups, because our outreach is dictated by how much we are willing to pay. Not paying for our posts on FB simply means our reach will be super small, like 3 % of our following on a FB page. It is very important to understand this. Memefest is a free for all social network, no surveillance, no data mining, no advertising, no payment, and a community that is actually reading the posts, not just scanning and linking them. So lets keep on being active here and nurture this space, and make use of it!

4 days, 21 hours ago
Hi Oliver, it was great meeting you yesterday at the book fair, the coincidence is too strong to ignore.
1 week ago

We are inviting you to the book launch of Food Democracy by Oliver Vodeb, Saturday March 17h @ 2pm!

Called by the publisher Intellect books UK “A new type of academic book”, and by reviewers “a seminal text”, “urgent” and “extraordinary”, Food Democracy asks how to make socially responsive communication, design and art that counters the role of the food industry as a machine of consumption. More than four years in making and more than 200 people involved in this extradisciplinary research, Food Democracy by Oliver Vodeb is out now.

The beautifully designed full color book also includes for the first time a unique and delicious compilation of socially engaged cooking recipes by the academic, design, artist and activist community. Aiming not just to advance scholarship, but to push ahead real change in the world, Food Democracy is essential reading for scholars and citizens alike.

Melbourne Design Week 2018 is brought to you by the National Gallery of Victoria in partnership with Creative Victoria.

The book presentation will be followed by a discussion with Daryl Taylor and the audience

Link to NGV website: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/program/food-democracy-book-launch/

Link to book: http://memefest.org/en/fooddemocracy/

Book launch at:

Saturday March 17th
Testing Grounds
Booking is not required.
1-23 City Rd, Southbank, Melbourne

3 weeks, 2 days ago

This is a fantastic text on the state of today's universities:


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1 month, 2 weeks ago

Community Harvest Project
Hello all! I find this super meaningful and I am seeking your support. I have been participating in ...

2 months, 3 weeks ago

Read about the ZAD, the largest squat on Europe, in the Guardian article bellow. After years of successfully defending the ZAD from the French authorities a new wave of threatening eviction is under way.

"The story of “la ZAD” in western France began more than half a century ago, when the French government earmarked the site for a new airport as part of a plan to create a transatlantic “Great West” gateway to France and Europe.

Years of consultations, arguments and indecision supposedly ended in 2008, when the €580 million project was given official approval. The squatters began arriving the same year, claiming they were responding to an appeal from farmers fighting compulsory purchase orders. No airport-related construction has since taken place on the 1,650-hectare site."

Full article here: https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2017/dec/28/end-of-la-zad-frances-utopian-anti-airport-community-faces-bitter-last-stand?CMP=share_btn_fb

1 month, 2 weeks ago
this is great stuff Oliver-
1 month, 2 weeks ago

No Alternative

How culture jamming was culture-jammed


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2 months ago

New book out on DIY activism

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2 months ago

Food/Media/Crisis - Memefest Los Angeles sessions
Memefest Los Angeles sessions
Feb 9-10, 2018
Pomona College LA

A special ...

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2 months ago

"Hi uli.l, I just checked and the book is available online, for example here on Book Depository: http..."

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2 months ago

New book out on DIY activism





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 interdisciplinary perspective and I 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.