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oliver
2 days, 5 hours ago

Alexandra Elbakyan, is the Science’s pirate queen.

Read more about her actions against the corporate academic publishing world.

https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/8/16985666/alexandra-elbakyan-sci-hub-open-access-science-papers-lawsuit

Check https://sci-hub.tw/ for more than 70,000,000 free academic papers!

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Memefest wrote new blogpost
2 weeks, 2 days ago

FOOD DEMOCRACY BOOK: ON PLEASURE PRAXIS AND OTHER THINGS
Here is full info on the book:

Food Democracy, Critical Lessons in Food, Communication, Design an...

oliver
4 weeks, 1 day ago

Why Is the Case of Jailed Photographer Shahidul Alam So Important? Martin Parr, Dayanita Singh, and Others Explain His Significance

The Bangladeshi photographer is being punished for criticizing the government. Here's why you should pay attention.

https://news.artnet.com/opinion/shahidul-alam-supporters-1334627

Memefest wrote new blogpost
1 month ago

Design is Not Enough
This text was originally written during the Declarations conference at Concordia University in 2001 ...

oliver
1 month, 2 weeks ago

Please share this and spread the news into the data sphere as far as possible!! I met Shahidul Alam two years ago in Kathmandu where we worked together with photography students at a international workshop. Shahidul is a one of a kind media and human rights activist, the founder of Pathshala Media Institute in Dhaka, one of the best photography schools in the world and a brilliant photographer.

Here a bit more about Shahidul's work.

Please read the text bellow his photo and share this widely!!!

Shahidul Alam #freeShahidulAlam

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Latest update through UNB
Dhaka, Aug 5 (UNB) – Detectives detained Shahidul Alam, Managing Director of Drik Gallery and Chairman of Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, here on Sunday night.

Additional Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DB) Abdul Baten said a team of Detective Branch of police detained Shahidul from his Dhanmondi residence for interrogation over his Facebook posts on the ongoing student protests.
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Internationally renowned photographer Dr Shahidul Alam, Managing Director, Drik, was forcibly abducted from his house in Dhanmondi, Dhaka after 10pm on 5 Aug 2018. According to security guards of the apartment building and other eyewitness reports, there were roughly 30 to 35 men, in plain clothes, who claimed to be from the Detective Branch (DB), who went upstairs, brought down Dr Alam, who was screaming as he was forcibly pushed into the waiting car, a HiAce, with the words Popular Life Insurance, written on the outside. They taped up the CCTV camera, and took away the CCTV camera footage. The guards were manhandled and locked up. His partner Rahnuma Ahmed, was in a neigbouring flat, raced downstairs on hearing the scream, but the car carrying him and two other cars waiting outside, sped away.

oliver
1 month, 2 weeks ago
The link did not post so here it is: more about his work:

http://drik.net/shahidul-alam-my-journey-as-a-witness/
oliver
1 month, 1 week ago
Here the link to sign the petition to free Shahidul Alam. Please support and sign:

https://www.change.org/p/free-shahidul-alam
oliver commented on gabriellaprovoked's blogpost The Equal Standard
1 month, 3 weeks ago

"Hey Gabriella, thanks for posting about your exciting Zine! I am very much looking forward to see th..."

oliver likes gabriellaprovoked 's blogpost
1 month, 3 weeks ago

The Equal Standard

gabriellaprovoked wrote new blogpost
1 month, 3 weeks ago

The Equal Standard
Issue #5 of The Equal Standard is out now! The Equal Standard Broadzine is Australia’s latest free i...

oliver
1 month, 3 weeks ago

A short video accompanying the current exhibition "We Protest!", giving you a glimpse of the Melbourne protest culture. Great stuff!

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oliver
1 month, 3 weeks ago

Branding = artificial scarcity

read this:

Burberry’s destruction of £28m of leftover clothing shows fashion is still all about class

https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2018/07/burberry-s-destruction-28m-leftover-clothing-shows-fashion-still-all-about-class

oliver
2 months ago

An exciting new theory, one that again shows that it is collaboration, not competition that is responsible for success of human development and prosperity. Even more so, it shows the role women and especially grandmothers play in making us being successful.

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/06/07/617097908/why-grandmothers-may-hold-the-key-to-human-evolution

oliver
2 months, 3 weeks ago

Important reading and highly relevant to us at Memefest. I still remember talking to a large audience of activists and critical and engaged creatives and asking them why are almost all using Facebook instead of this social network we have established at Memefest and it made me a bit sad to see how powerful FB is to interrelate even this fantastic folks. But the story has not ended yet and we are ready to make the next step and will let you know more about it soon. In this process, this new book by Geert Lovink and Ned Rositer is an important and useful guide.

Organization after Social Media by Geert Lovink and Ned Rossiter

Here the blurb:" Exploring the politics of networks through and beyond social media

Organized networks are an alternative to the social media logic of weak links and their secretive economy of data mining. They put an end to freestyle friends, seeking forms of empowerment beyond the brief moment of joyful networking. This speculative manual calls for nothing less than social technologies based on enduring time. Analyzing contemporary practices of organization through networks as new institutional forms, organized networks provide an alternative to political parties, trade unions, NGOs, and traditional social movements. Dominant social media deliver remarkably little to advance decision-making within digital communication infrastructures. The world cries for action, not likes.

Organization after Social Media explores a range of social settings from arts and design, cultural politics, visual culture and creative industries, disorientated education and the crisis of pedagogy to media theory and activism. Lovink and Rossiter devise strategies of commitment to help claw ourselves out of the toxic morass of platform suffocation."

PDF available freely online: http://www.minorcompositions.info/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/organizationaftersocialmedia-web.pdf.

oliver
2 months, 3 weeks ago

Five years ago we printed this beautiful Food Democracy posters for Memefest 2013. Now the Food democracy book shows the process of the festival on the topic with additional research. Published a few months ago the book is getting more and more interest, and we truly love the work we have done.
If you haven't yet, check it out here:
http://www.memefest.org/en/fooddemocracy/

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s2art
6 months 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.

oliver
6 months 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!
s2art
6 months ago
No worries Oliver. Would love to have a chat and drink...
oliver
6 months ago
Yes, lets catch up sometimes after easter break perhaps? Have met with Steve Lambert, the artist behind the Capitalism sign yesterday. Great guy!
s2art
6 months ago
I think that's great idea, I'm on term break from 30th March to the 14th of April so am free most days... I live in the "west" but am happy to come across to St.Kilda or Hawthorn for a coffee or drink ...
oliver
5 months, 4 weeks ago
Great, lets be in touch and find a day/time! All best!
s2art
5 months, 2 weeks ago
Hi Oliver, wow time has flown and is running out. How does Tuesday or Wednesday next week sound for a catchup?
oliver
5 months, 1 week ago
Sorry S2art, was a bit of a crazy time- just million things etc..
I am teaching Tuesday and Wednesday the whole afternoon till into the evening, how about another day?
s2art
5 months, 1 week ago
Sure, Fridays are good for me; generally...
oliver
3 months, 1 week ago
Sorry mate, super swamped, but after next two weeks should be easier. Will get back to you then. Hope you are well!
oliver
3 months, 1 week ago

More than two years ago i saw the first ASMR video. The somehow creepy videos where someone whispers, and touches objects and this is recorded by very good microphones causing a sensation of special pleasure. It is pretty fascinating as a marketing strategy as well as brands use it to sell their products.

http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20180605-the-weird-whispering-videos-that-brands-want-to-cash-in-on

oliver
3 months, 3 weeks ago

I met David Giles last week. He is an academic at Deakin Uni here in Melbourne. What brought us together was the book Food Democracy:

http://memefest.org/en/fooddemocracy/

David, has done some super interesting work on Dumpster Diving and on the link bellow you can listen to a really cool interview he has given on the subject- great stuff!

http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/conversations-david-giles/8512342

oliver
4 months ago

The beautiful power or words: A Priest and His Political Billboards in Australia

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-43985084

oliver
4 months, 2 weeks ago

David Harvey, a Marxist critique of higher Education

https://soundcloud.com/freshed-podcast/freshed-100-a-marxist-critique-of-higher-education-david-harvey

oliver
4 months, 3 weeks ago

This is a very important read. John Jordan on the Revenge against the commons, writes about the recent attempts by the French Government to evict The ZAD, the largest autonomous zone in Europe.

https://zadforever.blog/2018/04/24/the-revenge-against-the-commons/

Vida
4 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks Oli! Important happenings in the Zad.
oliver
ABOUT ME

Username

oliver


Name

Oliver Vodeb


Gender

male


Country

Australia


Description

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 :

http://memefest.org/en/fooddemocracy/

www.memefest.org/en/indebtedtointervene/

www.memefest.org/demonstratingrelevance/en

www.druzbenoodzivnokomuniciranje.si/

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:
https://swinburne.academia.edu/OliverVodeb


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.


Faculty

was studiing at Faculty for social sciences University of Ljubljana


Education

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/
www.lokidesign.net


People I like

My dear family and my wonderful friends.


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