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3 years ago

An audio-visual archival resource focusing on radical activism around Australia, particularly during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s (although resources are not restricted exclusively to this time period).

The archive recovers "lost" and rare independent Australian documentaries (also vérité footage of historical significance) in order to preserve these films, videos and audio for posterity before they reach end of life and disappear permanently.

The focus is on visual/aural material.....the archive currently has 204 film streams and 91 audio streams.


oliver commented on Memefest's blogpost How Hong Kong is Calling on the World for Help
3 years ago

"This is cool too:


Vida commented on Memefest's blogpost Walk. An intervention in public space.
3 years, 1 month ago

"Nice one, thanks for sharing ROk!

3 years, 1 month ago

There is a reason we call each other "comrades" and not "friends" on the Memefest network.

Here a new book From Jodi Dean: Comrade
An Essay on Political Belonging

When people say “comrade”, they change the world

In the twentieth-century millions of people across the globe addressed each other as “comrade”. Now, it’s more common to hear talk of “allies” on the left than it is of comrades. In Comrade, Jodi Dean insists that this shift exemplifies the key problem with the contemporary left: the substitution of political identity for a relation of political belonging that must be built, sustained, and defended.

In Comrade, Dean offers a theory of the comrade. Comrades are equals on the same side of a political struggle. Voluntarily coming together in the struggle for justice, their relationship is characterised by discipline, joy, courage, and enthusiasm. Considering the generic egalitarianism of the comrade in light of differences of race and gender, Dean draws from an array of historical and literary examples such as Harry Haywood, C.L.R James, Alexandra Kollontai, and Doris Lessing. She argues that if we are to be a left at all, we have to be comrades.


3 years, 1 month ago
Thanks Oliver, sounds like an interesting essay. Especially for those of us who grew up with this notion of camerade.
rok commented on Memefest's blogpost Global Liberal Media Please
3 years, 2 months ago

"I really like the italian couple Eva nad Marco Mattes:
There are clas..."

3 years, 2 months ago

"During the introduction of a recent speech by Donald Trump at Turning Point USA Teen Student Action Summit, someone — reportedly by accident and has since been fired from Turning Point — pasted into the slides a 2016 faux seal created by Charles Leazott that features an eagle holding wads of cash and golf clubs with a ribbon that says, in Spanish, “45 is a Puppet”. Score one for the resistance."


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3 years, 2 months ago

Walk. An intervention in public space.

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3 years, 2 months ago


3 years, 2 months ago

For those who are interested in how to build and run a small social network site, certainly an alternative to Facebook or Twitter, here is a great guide:


"Keeping the social network sites small is essential for customization that will meet everyone's needs. Kazemi doesn't suggest going over 100 users. Smaller communities are easier to manage both technically and socially, but it also creates an intimacy where it's possible to know everyone in the group, creating a truly private, curated space. "

Full article here:


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3 years, 2 months ago

Food Democracy is sold out!

3 years, 3 months ago

Donald Weber writes about photography as a discipline, profession and practice, which still has a long journey to make for to be able to think the conditions of its own production. This work is part of a larger body of work Donald and I are developing, one day it will be a book. A next text related to the ideas Donald is talking about here is in the making. Highly recommended reading!


oliver commented on Memefest's blogpost Global Liberal Media Please
3 years, 3 months ago

"@Bernadette- you mean from 'Global Liberal Media" into "Democratic Media"?..."

oliver commented on Memefest's blogpost Global Liberal Media Please
3 years, 3 months ago

"Thanks for this SanFrancisco- if you have any more examples on Culture Jamming coming from Argentina..."

3 years, 3 months ago

The Baffler on Spotify and how its main value for brands and advertisers is to know really a lot about our emotional states via their mood based playlists.


3 years, 4 months ago

There is several reasons I am posting this. First, it is time to bring this wonderful text, the original text by Mark Dery, which first theorized the term Culture Jamming - in fact Dery has coined the term- to you.

So here is: Culture Jamming: Hacking, Slashing, and Sniping in the Empire of Signs


I find the concept of Culture jamming still very useful, although the practice of CJ was in the last two decades abused, coopted, critiqued for being just an empty fashion etc. I always thought that in order to do it well, Culture Jamming needs superb understanding of communication, design and art in relation to meaning making in our media, well in the world.

Now, the media has changed and changed again, and the question is how is Culture jamming useful in the current social media, surveillance driven media sphere. But it is and even if we engage just in the visual graphic part, it can do "something".

So what can it do today, I am asking you? And this is what I aim to start figuring out more with my master of communication design students here at RMIT. As part of a set of semiotic strategies, named Re:Coding we will look into that. But I would need your help- what are good examples of CJ, what are good CURRENT examples of CJ? How would you run a project on CJ with students?

Here is a video of one that I love from our friend Vladimir Turner, and the whole project is here:


Any ideas and examples would be welcome.

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3 years, 5 months ago

What great memories! Culture jamming 2002, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Perhaps the first culture jamming action in Slovenia- in a night action we jammed a national campaign on the importance of brands and branding. Big Slovenian brands had billboards all over in order to promote the value of brands and the importance of buying well known brands.

We used a stencil and jammed billboards on major crossroads or other prominent locations. This was in the middle of the process for the first Memefest and in no minor way we were influenced by the Culture Jamming concepts and culture in thinking about our first festival. Especially No Logo by Naomi Klein and the Adbusters magazine were important at that time.

3 years, 5 months ago
3 years, 4 months ago
Thanks sgnlr- what are you up to these days? Have you been doing any interventions recently? Also, did you check the links I gave you in relation to doing a PhD in Melbourne?
3 years, 6 months ago

This is such a cool text: 101 Ways to Play With the Mainstream, Culture Jamming as subversive recreation, by Tom Liacas.

Written at the height of the popularity of Culture jamming it is highly relevant as it speaks from within the very cultures that created the phenomenon. Still now, CJ is a widely used practice and in my opinion should be taught, perhaps under the banner "Re-Coding" to students. To be a good Jammer means to be a super good communicator/ designer/ media manipulator. Its much more difficult that it seams, but most of all, it really is fun.
Check it out, I have given it to read to some of my students for their research project in the masters of communication design.


3 years, 5 months ago
Here is also the link to the whole book and you can download the chapters:

3 years, 5 months ago

Hey here is my new paper that is just published and available on the link bellow:

Extradisciplinary risk-taking: Design education as institutional critique

Abstract: Risk in education in the creative field of communication design is usually seen in connection with creativity as subjective expression and innovation as desired impact. This article positions risk in relation to the political in design education. It puts forward the argument that a particular type of risk-taking in education can work towards shifting design from a position of a service-providing activity towards a more emancipated practice, which would not comply with the pressures of neoliberal capitalism. To counter the current state of compliance this article suggests a three-level model of extradisciplinary risk-taking as institutional critique. The case of Memefest and Design Futures is discussed. Theoretical analysis is combined with (auto) ethnography and qualitative research.


Image by my friend Sandy Kaltenborn (www.image-shift.net)

If you cant access the paper online because your institution cant afford to pay for the journal subscription or because you are not an academic and cant access this or for what ever reason write to me: oliver AT memefest.org

Of course I would appreciate any of your thoughts and comments!





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I graduated from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2012 with a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communications Design. After a brief break to backpack through 9 countries in Asia by myself I moved across Canada to Toronto, Ontario to pursue my Master of Design at York University. My graduate research has been a visual exploration in addressing the mass commodification of factory farm animals, countering the absent referent of meat products and looking at ways to challenge the human gaze in the power dynamic between human as subject over factory farm animal as object. In the last 3 years I have had the opportunity to have a solo exhibition and a group exhibition of my work, self publish my first book on homelessness and am now working on my second, and have been invited to lecture at two conferences on the role of art direction in social cause campaigns. I have high hopes of incorporating the criticality in my creative work I have developed over the last few years into a future full time position in my field.


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BDes (Alberta College of Art + Design)