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Memefest Festival: before the launch- some notes on what is about to happen

Hey… Yes, it's time again!
Memefest Festival of Socially responsive communication and art is soon to be launched. While the last preparations are taking place, I will post a few notes to give a bit of a context on what's happening.

The official launch of the next festival and the Friendly competition is planned to happen in the next week. We are incredibly excited about this year’s theme. What exactly it is we will tell during next week, although you could find out if you tried, because we left some traces in the data sphere and set things in place for the launch. The image above, however might give you some ideas what will be the focus of our discussion this year.

We have been and still are connected with the Occupy movement and this year’s friendly competition theme was inspired by this collaborations and the world wide movement.

We will again work with some of the best curators and editors in relevant fields to create the feedback loop for your works and determine, through our public and responsive process, which ones are the very relevant ones.

We have started collaborations with some more universities around the world, creating the possibility for wider intervention in to the existing university system. In this way we can contribute to the necessary institutional change but also collaborate with special people and pockets within the university machine developing collaborative research and projects.

More activities are about to happen in Australia and, if plans become true, in the wider Asia Pacific region.

Our fantastic experience with the last international workshop in Nijmegen in the Netherlands is still in the air and we do work towards repeating something similar in the context of this next festival too.

We are working on a exhibition in Mexico City, a project initiated and facilitated by Hector Espinoza.

Authors of works submitted to the critical writing category will have for the first time the option to choose: if edited, their work can be published in an academic journal. But that is only an option, since some of you might prefere to stay outside of academia.

One new addition to the festival, we are excited about, is a special new award, that will include an artist/theorist/designer in residence program here in sunny, sub tropical Brisbane. But to keep things a bit in the realm of imagination, I will stop here. More soon.

Oliver- Memefest Kolektiv

* image created from original photos by (John Kolesidis/Reuters, Yiorgos Karahalis/Reuters, Aly Song/Reuters)


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10 years, 8 months ago

great news!!





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.