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5 days, 14 hours ago

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


2 weeks, 4 days 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

2 weeks, 6 days ago

Here a good list of alternative knowledge sharing platforms:


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1 month, 4 weeks ago

hey oliver had to think about you while reading this

meanwhile were at vienna are doing this

all the best

3 weeks, 2 days ago
Hey Ren, sorry for not replying earlier. Thanks for sending all this! I saw mariborchan- coming from my small home town- the text looks very cool, ill try to have a look at it but its a bit difficult for now, simply lack the time. But I will! can you tell me more about the artistic dynamic association? i can see artists having fun and drinking beer :) and nice and interesting images i can see too.
BTW: we are meeting with bernadette in the afternoon. will get back to you re the aunty hazel film. we have some ideas how to distribute it... ALSO: have got your phd via drop box yesterday. Looks really great man!
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3 weeks, 6 days ago

Memefest 2016 Festival Outlines: PLEASURE

4 weeks ago

Remember Memefest 2013: DEBT-

Revealed: how the FBI coordinated the crackdown on Occupy


1 month, 1 week 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:


1 month, 1 week ago
What a great and touchy documentary!
1 month, 1 week 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/

1 month, 1 week ago

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


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1 month, 2 weeks ago

Memefest 2016 Festival Outlines: PLEASURE

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1 month, 2 weeks ago

Memefest 2016 Festival Outlines: PLEASURE

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1 month, 2 weeks ago

Memefest 2016 Festival Outlines: PLEASURE
Pleasure is central to our lives and communication/design and art play a major role in our relations...

1 month, 3 weeks ago

Will be doing a virtual Iranian cooking lesson tonight.

Here more:

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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2 months ago

Here my new text in Design and Culture:

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


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2 months, 1 week ago

MELBOURNE MOB - Radical Intimacies in Action

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2 months, 2 weeks 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...

3 months, 1 week ago

The political economy of David Bowie:


3 months, 1 week ago

62 people own same as half world – Oxfam! Is this the reality we want to tolerate???

3 months, 1 week ago
Esto es inconcebible... Una realidad absurda a los ojos de todos y con la complicidad de todos los gobiernos. Es muy triste ese informe y pensar en la pobreza de las mujeres de los países tercermundistas, que la mayoría de las veces son madres solteras y que ellas solas deben hacerse cargo de sus hijos... Qué futuro nos espera?
3 months, 2 weeks ago

Right wing party is gouverning again in Argentina and I've been thinking a lot these days about Memefest 2012. Debt is again in the center of the scene, after 12 years. Luckily we have more tools to understand what's going on and to fight against neoliberalism.

3 months, 2 weeks ago
I am sorry to hear about your Country Ivan, I have been following the election. I would be interested to work more on campaigns with you and Mariano. Especially using food as a medium- I think it has really a lot of potential. We should do something together again. Hugs, Oliver




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.