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See you at the Workshop!

It was not a easy decision to make. To many participants submitted good work to this year’s festival, too many of you we would like to work with in our workshop. However, we had to make a decision. Workshop mentors: Tony Credland, Sandy Kaltenborn, Shoaib Nabi, Alain Bieber, Jason Grant and myself were first discussing criteria than we selected separate lists and in the end one list of twenty participants was agreed upon.

Here you can see the criteria we used :
1. multicultural dialogue between participants
2. participants also from underprivileged environments
3. strong presence of theory and practice among participants
4. a mix of different approaches to visual communication
5. past/current engagement in Memefest community
6. relevance of submitted work to festival outlines
7. involvement of participants with different levels of expertise - from the expert to the amateur

This years friendly competition participants who are awarded our special award and will be invited to come to the Netherlands are:

Anja Groten (Netherlands), Darija Medic (Yugoslavia), Karin Grigoryan (Armenia), Tamara Djordjević (Yugoslavia), Mathieu Tremblin (France), Niloufar Tajeri (Germany), Gal Kirn (Slovenija), Scott Townsend (USA), Christian Zoellner (Germany), Paolo Cirio (Italy), Alana Hunt (Australia), Jody Boehnert (UK) , Vladimir Turner (Czech Republic), Monika Klobčar (Slovenija), Simon Perčič (Slovenija), Gavin Grindon (UK), Sarah Dugan (Canada), Giada Totaro (Italy), Jovana Cvetićan (Yugoslavia), group_5 (UAE).


As you will be able to read bellow on the blog post links, this will be a very special workshop. It will include the conceptualization and design of maps that will visualize and textually articulate the difference between socially responsive communication and the problematic practice of "social marketing".

Workshop will be mentored by experts who are for many years at the forefront of progressive communication. People with knowledge, experience, skill and integrity. The best of the best! Together with the best of Memefest friendly competition participants this will be a extraordinary strong team to work together on a project, that no one has worked on so far.

The workshop will be held in Nijmegen, Netherlands. Workshop start is May 30th, ending on June 6th. Arrival of participants and mentors will be May 29th and everyone going back home on June 7th.

You should note following: we can cover 300 EUR for all travel costs + accommodation in hotel in Nijmegen for the whole time of the workshop. This money is given from the "EU for Citizens" program only for EU residents and it should be enough to travel within EU.

Among the chosen participants are also comrades from outside of the EU. We will try very hard to get additional resources for that. We will start to work on this next week.

Now, that the list of workshop participants is announced we will get in touch with you. If someone won’t be able to come, we will choose another participant. We will inform you regarding this development in the comment section of this blog post. So if you are not among the chosen ones in this list, you need to check this space in the next week or two.

We are excited to meet ya all. It’s gonna be fun, it’s gonna be inspiring and it’s gonna be hard work!

In the mean time check the exciting programm of Oddstream, our partner festival where Memefest workshop will be held:

It's gonna be fantastic. You should not miss it. You are all invited to come!

Also: to fresh up your mind: here are two blog posts discussing the workshop concept:


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12 years, 1 month ago


12 years, 1 month ago

Thanks Memefest! :)

12 years, 1 month ago

Should be an interesting workshop :)

12 years, 1 month ago

looking forward to this--!

12 years, 1 month ago

Thanks! Look forward to meeting and working with all of you :)

12 years, 1 month ago

I am very much looking forward to it too and to meet you all and work with you.

There are few changes in the lineup of participants. Some can not come for private reasons, and we are waiting for some replies yet. Once things are more tangible we will post about it here. soon.





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.