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oliver commented on Kath Wilson's blogpost New book out on DIY activism
9 hours, 15 minutes ago

"Hi uli.l, I just checked and the book is available online, for example here on Book Depository: http..."

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9 hours, 18 minutes ago

New book out on DIY activism

2 weeks, 6 days ago

Read about the ZAD, the largest squat on Europe, in the Guardian article bellow. After years of successfully defending the ZAD from the French authorities a new wave of threatening eviction is under way.

"The story of “la ZAD” in western France began more than half a century ago, when the French government earmarked the site for a new airport as part of a plan to create a transatlantic “Great West” gateway to France and Europe.

Years of consultations, arguments and indecision supposedly ended in 2008, when the €580 million project was given official approval. The squatters began arriving the same year, claiming they were responding to an appeal from farmers fighting compulsory purchase orders. No airport-related construction has since taken place on the 1,650-hectare site."

Full article here: https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2017/dec/28/end-of-la-zad-frances-utopian-anti-airport-community-faces-bitter-last-stand?CMP=share_btn_fb

3 weeks, 4 days ago

Snowden's New App Turns Your Phone Into a Home Security System


3 weeks, 6 days ago

“Weaponized Pleasure”

Douglas Rushkoff in conversation with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

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3 weeks, 6 days ago
sorry, the embed code does not work here, check the next post above where I posted a direct URL link!
3 weeks, 6 days ago

“Weaponized Pleasure”

Douglas Rushkoff in conversation with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge


oliver wrote new blogpost
1 month ago

Food Democracy book presentation Webinar!
Three weeks ago I did this live Webinar with Online School of Food Design founder Francesca Zampollo...

1 month ago

Respect is when you change your own life. Public space is where you share that possibility.

Check this: Driving the Golden Spike, The Aesthetics of Anthropocene Public Space by Brian Holmes


1 month, 3 weeks ago

Here a link to the Food Democracy book Webinar I did this morning with Francesca Zampollo and food designers from around the world- it is now online.

Note, it was 5 am for me here in Melbourne and I am not a coffee drinker! :) I presented our wonderful Food Democracy book more in detail and after that we had a good discussion on several issues presented in the book.

Here another link to the book with links where you can get your own copy



oliver wrote new blogpost
1 month, 4 weeks ago

Food Democracy Webinar!
Dear Friends, join us for the FOOD DEMOCRACY live Webinar where I will be together with Franceska Fr...

2 months ago

So this is cool. A project to fight scams/ scamers. So next time you get a scam email, exmpl. someone wants to send you 5 million USD out of nothing send the email you have received to me@rescam.org

But check out this video that explains it all:


2 months ago
6 months, 3 weeks ago

Here an interview tactical media guru and director of the Institute of Network culture in Amsterdam Geert Lovink made with me on the addictive power of Memes. It is their crucial nature in my opinion and never it became as explicit as now. It is crucial to understand these characteristics of memes in order to develop responses to the current media environment. There is also a crucial shift in the way visual memes operate and in the very logic of communication design.


3 months, 1 week ago
Great interview Oliver about addictive power of memes today, I really enjoyed reading it. Do you know, or anyone else, have an example of a large company that has used memes in a campaign to create financial profit & can you share a link to it? I'm just curious if the company meme results look too manufactured due to a big company budget & maybe producing a space for it to thrive so it potentially becomes less effective as compared to naturally organic occurring memes made from a social action for example. At the moment I'm basically looking for a comparison on the high design memes to low design memes if that makes sense.
3 months, 3 weeks ago

General Theory of the Precariat


About the book

From the fast-food industry to the sharing economy, precarious work has become the norm in contemporary capitalism, like the anti-globalization movement predicted it would. This book describes how the precariat came into being under neoliberalism and how it has radicalized in response to crisis and austerity. It investigates the political economy of precarity and the historical sociology of the precariat, and discusses movements of precarious youth against oligopoly and oligarchy in Europe, America, and East Asia. Foti covers the three fundamental dates of recent history: the financial crisis of 2008, the political revolutions of 2011, and the national-populist backlash of 2016, to present his class theory of the precariat and the ideology of left-populist movements. Building a theory of capitalist crisis to understand the aftermath of the Great Recession, he outlines political scenarios where the precariat can successfully fight for emancipation, and reverse inequality and environmental destruction. Written by the activist who put precarity on the map of radical thinking, this is the first work proposing a complete theory of the precariat in its actuality and potentiality.

3 months, 1 week ago
Hello Oliver, it sounds like a solid read but a bit heavy on language. Is it easy to understand?
3 months, 1 week ago
Hi Julianne it a bit dense, but have a look for your self, from the link I posted you can download a pdf. of the book for free!
3 months, 1 week ago
Thanks for getting back! Okayy, I'll have a look - thanks for sharing, I looked into the 'networkcultures' website.
Also, your profile description reads that you teach at Swinburne Uni in Melbourne?! I graduated there early this year. I would love to hear more of your work :)
3 months, 1 week ago
Are you still in Melbourne? We can meet for a chat if you come to Swinburne one day...? here is an interview with me on Networkcultures : http://networkcultures.org/geert/2017/06/22/interview-with-oliver-vodeb-memefest-on-the-addictive-power-of-memes-today/
3 months, 1 week ago
Yes, I live in Melbourne. I read that you moved to Melbourne?! So interesting. I would love to meet for a chat! We can meet at Haddons Cafe soon - what days do you teach/work there?
3 months, 1 week ago
General Theory of the Precariat book seems very interesting, amazing it's free to read. I've never heard of the word Precariat until now. I'll give it a read, thanks for sharing it.
5 months, 3 weeks ago

Hi there friends: I want to share with you a truly wonderful project that is more than worth your attention and support. A few days left to reach the goal of this crowdfunding campaign and your donation could really make the difference. Cups of nun chai is a memorial work for the 118 civilians that died in pro-freedom protests in Indian occupied Kashmir in 2010. One of my favorite art projects. But please see more on the link bellow and please do consider supporting the project financially (you will receive a lot in return)!


6 months, 1 week ago

“Developing dissident knowledges”: Geert Lovink on the Social Media Abyss


7 months, 3 weeks ago

Does Facebook Make Us Unhappy and Unhealthy?
A look at new research covering thousands of adults


7 months, 1 week ago
I call bullshit on these studies - if you go and look at the actual methodology they used, they don't have a baseline of mental health before FB use and after - so it could just as easily be argued that people turn to FB when they are, for many reasons, unable to enjoy the privilege of FTF encounter and are already suffering from social isolation or anxiety/depression. I think it displaces attention away from the systemic breakdown of community/localised relations brought about by global capital. Online social networks can act as supports for genuinely local, community based activities (which I think are key to our ongoing survival and resistance) when they are not seen as replacements for these activities.
7 months, 1 week ago
here I disagree. FB is a symptom of and tool for what you call "systemic breakdown of community/localised relations brought about by global capital." social networks do not equal social networks and FB plays a particular role. its far more detrimental than just effecting personal mental health but it is one of the main players of destroying the public sphere. I am not saying everyone using FB is not happy or is unhealthy but FB - if used as so many people use it- is far from doing much good. using FB for ongoing survival and resistance can be good but this is done by people that are savvy and disciplined in this actions, not by regular users, at least not by the ones I know.
7 months, 1 week ago
I agree that the FB is definitely not the ideal space for online networked community - but it is where people are for now. Of course, I think we are already seeing a drift away from such spaces. At the moment though there are many people who struggle to engage technically even in a relatively easy to use space such as FB (and don't get me started on Twitter) so part of the issue is technological literacy at the local community level. I would love it if more people used radically open platforms like Memefest (which is why I'm here ;) but as we know this is the dilemma. I don't have an easy answer to this. And I agree we need to keep looking for one.
7 months, 1 week ago
The thing I hate about FB is that it is like a sideways glance at a party with no need for further dialogue. You're right in that in making "contact" easy it becomes trivial - I keep thinking of Milan Kundera's Unbearable Lightness of Being" - that's what FB is. Real dialogue and connection is hard and takes work when we live so far from each other (even when that means only streets away). It requires commitment and that is made to seem like such hard work when really it isn't.
7 months, 1 week ago

This is a great read: Notes Toward the Memes of Production


7 months, 1 week ago

[IMG MGMT] What Relational Aesthetics Can Learn From 4Chan
7 months, 1 week ago
Yes, it's always struck me as odd that RA proponents and advocates still want legitimacy from the institutions they are trying to evade or unsettle. These are just the sorts of readings I have been looking for - thanks
7 months, 1 week ago
Also, it would be interesting to get some insight into the Momentum campaign in the recent UK election. I had a student working with a small Labor Party electorate membership group this semester, trying to help them understand how they might use social media to increase youth participation in their branch of the party. From what I can tell, it was like pushing shit uphill trying to get 'older' party members to understand how the communicative political landscape has changed.
7 months, 1 week ago

Disobedient Electronics booklet edited and hand-crafted by Garnet Hertz.


7 months, 1 week ago
This looks amazing. I've just submitted a request for a copy. So many great ideas in here.
7 months, 3 weeks ago

Here some very good research on Facebook, highly recommend!






Casey Pinkerton

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I have joined the Memfest community becasue i am interested in

Everything art & design related. I enjoy seeing what other peoples takes are on the same projects.


University of Ballarat


3rd Year Student of Bachelor of Graphic Design & Multimedia

Working place

Self Employed Photographer, Freelancer, Thinker, Imaginer.

Music I like

Explosions in the Sky
Rage Against the Machine
Faith No More
The American Dollar
City & Color
Porcupine Tree
Cinematic Orchestra
Infected Mushroom
He Is We
Panic at the Disco
The Postal Service
Marilyn Manson
The Tea Party

Books I like

Harry Poter Series
The Hunger Games Series
Endymion Springs
Stravaganza Series
+More (I forget the names)

Films I like

American History X
Fight Club
The Art of Getting by
Easy A
Låt den Rätte Komma in
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Nim's Island
The Black Balloon
Tomorrow when the War Began
Tron Legacy
Little Miss Sunshine
Finding Nemo
Donnie Darko
500 Days of Summer
Virgin Suicides
Ghost World
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Sucker Punch
Inglorious Bastards

Websites I like

Lovely Package
Origami Diagrams
Looks Like Good Design
Logo Lounge
DA Font
My Fonts
Typography Served

People I like


Jonathan Barnbrook
Vince Frost
Jessica Bellman
Fabio Sasso

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