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Keep the Fire Burning! Memefest/QCA Food Democracy Brisbane Seminar/Workshop/Direct Action

We are excited to announce this year’s special Memefest /QCA workshop. A few more days to go and we will meet in Brisbane. Bellow you can find information regarding the event and the program.

GOALS: The workshop/seminar aims to research FOOD DEMOCRACY in relation to current Brisbane. The whole event will focus on the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy and its radical food program. We will work together with BASE members to create a process that will help us to understand possibilities for imaginative critical direct action. Communication tools, strategies and tactics will be developed and used - as reality resists knowledge, direct action is necessary.

Our goal is also to contribute to the development of a local scene engaged in critical theory and practice, reflecting public effects of communication/design, art and education, connecting the university's potentials with bold non-institutionalised counter cultures and initiatives.

What follows bellow is the program of the event, and bellow some resources for you to check before the event.

The Event takes place at the Queensland College of Art. Building: Webb Centre: Level 4 (Design Department) Rooms 4.35 and 4.36


10.00 Registration & Welcome to Country

10.30 Introductions of participants

10.50 Sam Burch-UQ Lecture: "Time for Sovereignty: First Nations Rights and Food Democracy."

11.30 Radical research methodologies panel discussion- facilitated by Dr Oliver Vodeb-Memefest/QCA: Dr Zala Volcic- UQ, Dr George Petelin- QCA, Jason Grant-Jordan Mcguire: Inkahoots -Ben Mangan: Inkahoots/Memefest/Uni Ballarat)

12.30 Lunch

1.30 A look in to last years Memefest Brisbane workshop/intervention:Dr George Petelin and Dr Oliver Vodeb

2.00 Dr Bil Platz Lecture-QCA: Zombie culture in protest and activism

2.45 Dr George Petelin Lecture: Problems with Food: Production, Distribution, Mediation, Consumption

3.30 Excursion to Voice and Reason, with a tour of the exhibition conducted by curators at the Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA).

*The exhibition highlights contrasting voices and draws attention to the reasoning, knowledge and experience behind the work of Indigenous artists, some in dialogue with works by non-Indigenous artists.

5.00 Group discussions outside of GOMA

6.30 Design Exhibition at QCA


Recipients of the Memefest/QCA 2013 Award for Imaginative Critical Intervention presentations

10.00 Mohammad Naser (Bangladesh)
10.30 Dr Miha Mazzini and Marko Plahuta (Slovenija)
11.00 Mariano Mussi (Argentina)

11.30 Robert Perkin- Food Connect, Lecture: 'The democracy principle, getting real!’

12.15 Break

12.30 Lecture/Presentation Aboriginal Culture, the Sovereign Embassy & Food Distribution: Wayne Wharton, Karen Fusi

13.30 Lunch

14.00 Dr Mark Andrejevic- UQ, Lecture "Curtailing Surveillance: Ag-Gag Laws and Activism"

14.45 Alana Hunt Lecture: "Don't expect a thank you, and other myths and misfits of the outback"

15.30 Recipient of the Memefest/QCA 2013 Award for Imaginative Critical Intervention: Eugenio Tiselli Skype Presentation (from Kigali, Rwanda): ojoVoz project/ICT and Agriculture

16.15 Break

16.25 Dr Oliver Vodeb Lecture: "Everybody Must Get Stoned! Food, Drugs and Social Control"

17.00 Break

cca 18h Evening and light dinner at the Woolongabba art gallery

WEDNESDAY November 6th

9.30 Presentation of works related to Aboriginal culture and/or Food democracy: QCA academics and students:

9.30 Bianca Beetson
9.50 Dr Susan Ostling
10.10 Bob Mercer

10.30 Oscar Waugh
10.45 Thomas Roohan
11.00 Sophie Van der Drift
11.15 Dru Handebo
11.30 Kelsey Hutchinson

11.45 Break

12.00 Phil Winzer, Boe Spearim, Callum Clayton Dixon: Presentation of the Aboriginal Sovereignty Manifesto

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00 Workshop in groups

18.00 Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy meeting in Musgrave Park

19.30 Drinks in West End

THURSDAY November 7th

10.00 Critical Photo Journalism and Presentation of the Australian Photo Journalist publication: Food Issue, Alan Hill and Joe Ruckli

11.00 Workshops

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Critiques on workshop process including Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy members

14.30 Workshops

17.00 Movies on Indigenous Culture and Food Issues

18.00 Evening: Free

FRIDAY November 8th

9.30 Workshop- Group Work

12.30 “Political cooking” (concept/theme to be announced)
Lunch at QCA

13.30 Workshop

18.00 Free evening

SATURDAY November 9th

11.00 Workshop /production of media

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Workshop /production of media

19.00 Party at Bob’s

SUNDAY November 10th

Direct Action/Documentation (groups do the direct action according to the developed strategies)

MONDAY November 11th

Morning: if necessary still direct action

11.00 Critique/Discussion of results with Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy, planning and strategies for future collaboration

12.30 Planned Skype meeting with Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Canberra

14.00 (Maybe) Boondal Bush Tucker Guided Tour

17.00 Celebration/ picnic in the park


Pre event preparation:

Download and read “The Militant Research handbook”:

Download and read: “A Userr's Guide to Demanding the Impossible”:

Have a look at the four part documentary about the history of the National Embassy in Canberra, which is part of the history of the Embassy in Brisbane too:

And also check the video about the Brisbane Embassy:


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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 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 :

This was my studio in Slovenia (2004-2012):

CV (sort of):

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 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.


was studiing at Faculty for social sciences University of Ljubljana


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,,,,,,,,,,,,

People I like

My dear family and my wonderful friends.