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Greece says "yes" to DEBT... and Memefest Friendly competition works evaluation goes in to final round!

Still, 26,9 % of the votes went to the "Siriza" party that opposes the debt driven politics enforced by EU and led by Germany. The pro debt politics oriented party "New Democracy" received 29,6 % of votes and is now building a coalition that will try to make sure the austerity measures will continue to enslave Greeks. But this is bad luck, because 55% of the voters actually voted for parties that are against the "bailout". If Greece would vote differently and could stand up against Berlin/Frankfurt/Brussels this would be a precedence for Europe and the world and other countries might follow. But, it is clear that the resentment against the ideology of debt is growing. We are at the beginnings of theoretical and artistic/communicative articulations that are putting debt on a map where it belongs, and that can provide ways of thinking and public interventions that will change the way we relate to debt and one another.

I have just finished curating the short list of festival submissions. Now its up to the friendly competition curators to do the rest. This years theme is different and I think that the submissions need to be analysed with extreme sensibility- especially the visual ones. Here a part of the email I wrote to the (visual communication practice) friendly competition curators:

"It seems that the tsunami of Debt is hard to grasp and critical, radical, social responsive approaches are hard to articulate. I believe it' s also not easy for us to evaluate the works- for the same reason.

Also, I think in the case of DEBT, which as we more and more learn, fundamentally shapes the way we relate to each other and designs the unreal to an extend that is very hard to comprehend: there is something valuable in a certain rawness, non perfection and maybe even a rather stammered address. Although this have not been main guiding principles for curating the short list. Maybe more than in previous years it is a value to see what is the understanding, and a certain cultural sentiment in relation to the theme. Even when sometimes "not so good" the work can have value which is rather in its praxis than final visual outcome. This being said the final - visual outcome of course plays an important role, but i would like to point out that (as always at Memefest) together with the works written contextualisation, this year additional dimensions need to be taken in to account if we want to get the best possible understanding on whats going on and what can we do in the future.

The level to which debt penetrates our every day lives is really fantastic! Looks like this ugly monster will be around for a while and we will have to fight it in the years to come. Besides our educational impact on the participants, I see this- what we are doing here, as a important scan of the present and good opportunity to learn about how to strategyse and develop communication in the future." Let's see what happens.

At the end I would also like to post three photos, my Greek colleague, (who will join us at the Design Futures program at Queensland College of Art in end of July), environmental psychologist Eleni Kalantidou sent me few days ago. She wrote:" (θλίψη means “sorrow”- όχι στην εκμετάλλευση των λαών από την πλουτοκρατία means “no to the exploitation of nations by plutocracy”. The x sign on the European union logo you can understand). They were all taken in Thessaloniki."


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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.