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oliver
2 years, 5 months ago

This is fantastic evidence in showing how brands can be hacked and used a vehicles for political campaigns. The article reveals how Cambridge Analytica has "Waponized" brands in order to promote Donald Trump. The key question opened for me is: Can we reverse engineer the process and use brands to influence social change? What is highly interesting here is the use of fashion as s key cultural medium.

Here the full article: https://www.businessoffashion.com/articles/news-analysis/cambridge-analytica-weaponised-fashion-brands-to-elect-trump-says-christopher-wylie?

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oliver
2 years, 5 months ago

Back from our magic trip in south Italy, where we were taking part of the festival "The Land of Bread" in Matera, presenting the ideas behind our Food Democracy book in a festival lecture and three Lipstick+Bread workshops. One of the many amazing parts was visiting Lecce and a small village next to it where we were hosted for several days by the beautiful family of our fratello Antonio Rollo. The video is from a while ago and shows the father, mother and daughter making incredible breads at the only community oven in the village they have been running for many years. Just amazing!! The breads, bread dishes, the tomatoes, sardines, pasta and the olive oil(!!!) we ate were pure heaven and this unique culture of baking, bread making and food, music, friendship and hospitality will be for ever cherished in our memories. More soon!

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oliver
2 years, 5 months ago

Use Duck Duck Go and Disconnect.me.

'Advertising companies and data brokers have been quietly collecting, analysing, trading, and selling data on people for decades. What has changed is the granularity and invasiveness at which this is possible. Data brokers buy your personal data from companies you do business with; collect data such as web browsing histories from a range of sources; combine it with other information about you (such as magazine subscriptions, public government records, or purchasing histories); and sell their insights to anyone that wants to know more about you.'


https://privacyinternational.org/feature/2433/i-asked-online-tracking-company-all-my-data-and-heres-what-i-found

oliver
2 years, 6 months ago

The fine people at RMIT University are organizing this conference at RMIT Barcelona titled The Anatomy of the Book.

It really is great staff, and if you have a chance, go and participate- the conference is free!

Check more here on the web site:

https://anatomyofthebook.com

oliver
2 years, 6 months ago

Amazon US is selling our book InDEBTed to Intervene, Critical Lessons in Debt, Communication, Art and Theoretical Practice for $3USD, and only one copy left. No kidding!! Check it it out here:

https://www.amazon.com/InDEBTed-Intervene-Critical-Communication-Theoretical/dp/1922216267/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1539430079&sr=8-1&keywords=indebted+to+intervene

oliver
2 years, 7 months ago

Alexandra Elbakyan, is the Science’s pirate queen.

Read more about her actions against the corporate academic publishing world.

https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/8/16985666/alexandra-elbakyan-sci-hub-open-access-science-papers-lawsuit

Check https://sci-hub.tw/ for more than 70,000,000 free academic papers!

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oliver
2 years, 8 months ago

Why Is the Case of Jailed Photographer Shahidul Alam So Important? Martin Parr, Dayanita Singh, and Others Explain His Significance

The Bangladeshi photographer is being punished for criticizing the government. Here's why you should pay attention.

https://news.artnet.com/opinion/shahidul-alam-supporters-1334627

oliver
2 years, 9 months ago

Please share this and spread the news into the data sphere as far as possible!! I met Shahidul Alam two years ago in Kathmandu where we worked together with photography students at a international workshop. Shahidul is a one of a kind media and human rights activist, the founder of Pathshala Media Institute in Dhaka, one of the best photography schools in the world and a brilliant photographer.

Here a bit more about Shahidul's work.

Please read the text bellow his photo and share this widely!!!

Shahidul Alam #freeShahidulAlam

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Latest update through UNB
Dhaka, Aug 5 (UNB) – Detectives detained Shahidul Alam, Managing Director of Drik Gallery and Chairman of Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, here on Sunday night.

Additional Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DB) Abdul Baten said a team of Detective Branch of police detained Shahidul from his Dhanmondi residence for interrogation over his Facebook posts on the ongoing student protests.
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Internationally renowned photographer Dr Shahidul Alam, Managing Director, Drik, was forcibly abducted from his house in Dhanmondi, Dhaka after 10pm on 5 Aug 2018. According to security guards of the apartment building and other eyewitness reports, there were roughly 30 to 35 men, in plain clothes, who claimed to be from the Detective Branch (DB), who went upstairs, brought down Dr Alam, who was screaming as he was forcibly pushed into the waiting car, a HiAce, with the words Popular Life Insurance, written on the outside. They taped up the CCTV camera, and took away the CCTV camera footage. The guards were manhandled and locked up. His partner Rahnuma Ahmed, was in a neigbouring flat, raced downstairs on hearing the scream, but the car carrying him and two other cars waiting outside, sped away.

oliver
2 years, 9 months ago
The link did not post so here it is: more about his work:

http://drik.net/shahidul-alam-my-journey-as-a-witness/
oliver
2 years, 9 months ago
Here the link to sign the petition to free Shahidul Alam. Please support and sign:

https://www.change.org/p/free-shahidul-alam
oliver commented on gabriellaprovoked's blogpost The Equal Standard
2 years, 9 months ago

"Hey Gabriella, thanks for posting about your exciting Zine! I am very much looking forward to see th..."

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2 years, 9 months ago

The Equal Standard

oliver
2 years, 9 months ago

A short video accompanying the current exhibition "We Protest!", giving you a glimpse of the Melbourne protest culture. Great stuff!

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oliver
2 years, 9 months ago

Branding = artificial scarcity

read this:

Burberry’s destruction of £28m of leftover clothing shows fashion is still all about class

https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2018/07/burberry-s-destruction-28m-leftover-clothing-shows-fashion-still-all-about-class

oliver
2 years, 9 months ago

An exciting new theory, one that again shows that it is collaboration, not competition that is responsible for success of human development and prosperity. Even more so, it shows the role women and especially grandmothers play in making us being successful.

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/06/07/617097908/why-grandmothers-may-hold-the-key-to-human-evolution

oliver
2 years, 10 months ago

Important reading and highly relevant to us at Memefest. I still remember talking to a large audience of activists and critical and engaged creatives and asking them why are almost all using Facebook instead of this social network we have established at Memefest and it made me a bit sad to see how powerful FB is to interrelate even this fantastic folks. But the story has not ended yet and we are ready to make the next step and will let you know more about it soon. In this process, this new book by Geert Lovink and Ned Rositer is an important and useful guide.

Organization after Social Media by Geert Lovink and Ned Rossiter

Here the blurb:" Exploring the politics of networks through and beyond social media

Organized networks are an alternative to the social media logic of weak links and their secretive economy of data mining. They put an end to freestyle friends, seeking forms of empowerment beyond the brief moment of joyful networking. This speculative manual calls for nothing less than social technologies based on enduring time. Analyzing contemporary practices of organization through networks as new institutional forms, organized networks provide an alternative to political parties, trade unions, NGOs, and traditional social movements. Dominant social media deliver remarkably little to advance decision-making within digital communication infrastructures. The world cries for action, not likes.

Organization after Social Media explores a range of social settings from arts and design, cultural politics, visual culture and creative industries, disorientated education and the crisis of pedagogy to media theory and activism. Lovink and Rossiter devise strategies of commitment to help claw ourselves out of the toxic morass of platform suffocation."

PDF available freely online: http://www.minorcompositions.info/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/organizationaftersocialmedia-web.pdf.

oliver
2 years, 10 months ago

Five years ago we printed this beautiful Food Democracy posters for Memefest 2013. Now the Food democracy book shows the process of the festival on the topic with additional research. Published a few months ago the book is getting more and more interest, and we truly love the work we have done.
If you haven't yet, check it out here:
http://www.memefest.org/en/fooddemocracy/

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oliver
2 years, 11 months ago

More than two years ago i saw the first ASMR video. The somehow creepy videos where someone whispers, and touches objects and this is recorded by very good microphones causing a sensation of special pleasure. It is pretty fascinating as a marketing strategy as well as brands use it to sell their products.

http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20180605-the-weird-whispering-videos-that-brands-want-to-cash-in-on

oliver
2 years, 11 months ago

I met David Giles last week. He is an academic at Deakin Uni here in Melbourne. What brought us together was the book Food Democracy:

http://memefest.org/en/fooddemocracy/

David, has done some super interesting work on Dumpster Diving and on the link bellow you can listen to a really cool interview he has given on the subject- great stuff!

http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/conversations-david-giles/8512342

oliver
2 years, 11 months ago

The beautiful power or words: A Priest and His Political Billboards in Australia

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-43985084

oliver
3 years ago

This is a very important read. John Jordan on the Revenge against the commons, writes about the recent attempts by the French Government to evict The ZAD, the largest autonomous zone in Europe.

https://zadforever.blog/2018/04/24/the-revenge-against-the-commons/

Vida
3 years ago
Thanks Oli! Important happenings in the Zad.
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Bertram Niessen is an electronic artist, teacher and sociologist. In 2001 he has been founding member of the Milan-based experimental collective otolab with whom he investigates visual dramaturgic representation of sound. He teaches theories, methodologies and tecniques of the audiovisual performance at NABA in Milan, LABA in Brescia and in several other seminars and courses around Italy. He holds a PhD in Urban European Studies at the University of Miano-Bicocca (UNIMIB); his research in urban sociology investigates the relationships among city, creative economy and social innovation processes, with a special focus on artists co-optation in post-fordist economies (the title of his PhD thesis was "Going Commercial: Integration of underground artists in Milan and Berlin”). Now he is a post-doc researcher at the University of Milan (UNIMI) and works on the EU funded project EDUFASHION, dealing with P2P economies, crowdsourcing and fashion. As a sociologist he held several graduate and post-graduate courses in methodology, sociology of culture, urban sociology and new technologies for social sciences.


I have joined the Memfest community becasue i am interested in

non conventional communication; the relationship between signs and actions.


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Università Statale degli Studi di Milano


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