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Radical Magic
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Indeed it was magic. And radical. Memefest "Mapping socially responsive communication" workshop brought together almost thirty fantastic thinkers, educators, designers, artists, activists, students, researchers, proffesionals and above all: good people from arround the world together for eight days of dialogue, work, inspiration and fun. We all came to beautifull Nijmegen's Oddstream festival and spent together eight intense days of hard working rock n roll.

The many different social backgrounds, cultural references, and personal characters created a dynamic of productive conflict and close dialogue.

What happend will have consequences. Maps that were produced are strong and we will use them to change communication practices for the better. Friendships that have been made will last, i know, and plans that were conceived will be put in to action.

The depth and warmth of interpersonal communication, the energy that we all created and the dedication for good communication is inspiring beyond words for all uf us working on Memefest.

This post is just to thank all the fantastic participants, comrades, friends and collaborators: Mathieu Tremblin, Monika Klobčar, Alana Hunt, Jody Joanna Boehnert, Sarah Dugan, Simon Perčič, Anja Groten, Janneke de Rooij, Lenka Klimešová, Kima Toromajyan, Giada Totaro, John Jordan, Vladimir Turner, Manal Al Mahmood, Arwa Ramadan, Scott Townsend, Teja Kaštrun, Alain Bieber, Jason Grant, Tony Credeland, Shoaib Ahmad, Sandy Kaltenborn, Paulo Hartmann, Kevin Yuen-Kit Lo, Ines Nin, Frederic Dobuis.


A longer post with much more insight in to the workshop and its results will be published next week.

With love, conflict and imagination!

Oliver, Dejan, Vida, Rok

Comments

vrurban
8 years, 2 months ago

sounds and looks great. a pity that we weren´t able to participate! hopefully next time! and much respect and thanks for organizing everything!!!!! Thanks

skndugan
8 years, 2 months ago

Truly a warm, inspirational and educational experience. Thank you again for all the hard work everyone put into making this happen - it was an education I couldn't get elsewhere, and I truly appreciate everything, everyone did. Thank you again.

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 RMIT University, Melbourne. I teach and research mostly in the field of communication design. I approach design/communication from a critical inter/ extradisciplinary 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://rmit.academia.edu/OliverVodeb


I have joined the Memfest community becasue i am interested in

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

Broadly speaking I am 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

RMIT University, School of Design, Master of Communication Design


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, Total Control;


Books I like

The Unbearable Lightness of Being, A Confederacy of Dunces, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, PanikHerz...;


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, 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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