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1 week, 3 days ago

Why the world fears refugees
Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman's words about why people in the EU, and elsewhere, are scared of refugees.

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2 weeks, 2 days ago

Welcome to the Pleasure Dome
Memefest has commissioned Melbourne based writer extraordinaire Darren Tofts to share his

A pers...

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2 weeks, 4 days ago

PLEASURE: Friendly Competition Deadline Closed!
We are very excited to have received inspiring works from around the world to this years Friendly co...

Memefest wrote new blogpost
2 weeks, 1 day ago

Memefest/Swinburne International Symposium/ Workshops Intervention 21-28 November, 2016 Swinburne University
We are highly excited to announce that from November 21st to November 28th , Memefest will again hol...

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1 month ago

Deadline Extended! Artists, Critical Writers and Communication Design Interventionists- 10 More Days to go!
Well, well... how great to see inspiring works from around the globe being submitted to this years M...

1 month, 1 week ago

Every advert in a London Underground station has been replaced with cat photos


a) it would look amazing

b) it’s exhausting being asked to buy stuff all the time

‘Wouldn’t it be great not to worry about the holiday we can’t afford, the car we don’t need, or the body we don’t have? Imagine a world where public spaces made you feel good.

Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2016/09/12/every-advert-in-a-london-underground-station-has-been-replaced-with-cat-photos-6123655/#ixzz4K5pIg6wa

1 month, 2 weeks ago

Memefest PLEASURE: The Pleasure of Drugs

Just saw this fantastic news. Police caught a man who they thought was smuggling amphetamines - but now, he was trafficking another (dangerous and highly pleasurable) substance.

Swedish police arrest man in 'drugs bust' after finding huge stash of sugar in car


Check Memefest outlines and more about out take on the Pleasure of drugs here: http://memefest.org/en/competition/intro/

Memefest wrote new blogpost
1 month, 2 weeks ago

Memefest 2016: PLEASURE Call for papers!
The one and only Memefest international festival of Socially Responsive Communication, Design and Ar...

1 month, 3 weeks ago

Here something very relevant to our PLEASURE outlines:

"Cartels and mafia are not about ideology, they are about business and this makes them so much more dangerous. As Islamic State is losing its ground it is worth remembering that its power and now the evening of it have been strongly tied to the oil business. As long as it was able to control oil fields in Iraq and Syria and have Turkey turning the blind eye for it to export the oil, it was powerful. In comparison to oil, cocaine fields ain’t going nowhere, the white petroleum of our time will always find and build its pipelines. Whether it is the underground tunnels bellow the Mexico-US border, submarines in the gulf of Mexico, containers on the transatlantic ships, the stomach of a human mule, planes, helicopters, cars, trucks… Where there is a movement, there can be a cocaine movement."

Check more on Roberto Savianos new book @ Anej Korsika here: http://www.versopolis.com/review/194/narco-capitalism

Memefest 2016 - The Pleasure of Drugs
Check here: http://memefest.org/…/competi…/criticalwriting_2016outlines/

1 month, 4 weeks ago

#flowerbombs Abu Ward ran the last garden centre in Aleppo, Syria. He believed that "Flowers help the world and that there is no greater beauty than flowers. Those who see the flowers enjoy the beauty of the world created by God. And when you smell them they nourish the heart and the soul. The essence of the world is a flower."
Please plant or dedicate a flower to the memory of Abu Ward and to all people everywhere trying to create something beautiful in the face of war, oppression and tragedy.
Plant thoughtfully using plants that can thrive in the places that you plant them. Plant them publicly or privately and mark the planting with the words Abu Ward #flowerbombs. It's my hope that we can get word to Abu's son Ibrahim and the rest of his family that he is not forgotten but is blooming all over the world.


2 months ago

Here a post in Ricochet Media about Memefest and especially about our new MOBILIZATION category:


3 months ago

"Designers have played an active role in creating digital and physical borders to prevent refugees entering Europe". But can and should the refugee crisis be treated as a design problem?

Memefest PLEASURE: The Pleasure of Hospitality (and being human)
Read the outlines here: http://memefest.org/…/visualcommunicationpractice_2016outl…/

Read more about the relation between design and refugees here:

lisagye commented on lisagye's blogpost The Pleasure of Radical Gardening
3 months, 1 week ago

"Also here's link https://www.diggers.com.au/garden-advice/articles-and-more/blog/?utm_source=Diggers..."

lisagye commented on lisagye's blogpost The Pleasure of Radical Gardening
3 months, 1 week ago

"I like this from the same article "our critical spirit arises precisely from our positive political,..."

oliver commented on lisagye's blogpost The Pleasure of Radical Gardening
3 months, 1 week ago

"I just read this text:


On the L..."

oliver commented on lisagye's blogpost The Pleasure of Radical Gardening
3 months, 1 week ago

"This is wonderful. I miss gardening so much, something I always did before I came to Australia. We a..."

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3 months, 1 week ago

The Pleasure of Radical Gardening

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3 months, 2 weeks ago

Las Frases Chiquitas
Estoy iniciando un nuevo proyecto, siempre me ha gustado recolectar frases que dicen las personas du...

3 months, 4 weeks ago





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.