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Dear all, a bit more than two weeks and we will all meet in beautiful Brisbane!
We will have enough time to collaboratively reflect on the many issues of DEBT at the workshop. However as announced we will collaboratively investigate some sources that will be of help for our work before the actual meeting.

Here are three documentaries, necessary to watch, as they relate directly to our work and we need to establish some more common ground before we begin.

Debtocracy and Catastroika are both Greek documentaries. Debtocracy (part of which we have used in this years friendly competition outlines) shows DEBT in relation to nation states, changing societies, economic warfare and also provides examples of refusal and alternatives. Catastroika shows the underlying pattern of DEBT- the destruction of public sphere, space, and public ownership. It makes clear that we are in the process of the biggest robbery of human history fuelled by DEBT.

The third documentary titled THE NET (Das Netz) shows an alternative Cybernetic history. The ultra rationalized discourse of cybernetics has not only played a profound influence on modern science and our psyche but it is also highly entangled with avant- garde artistic culture and Utopian aspirations of the Internet.

DEBT is only partly enforced by humans. Yes, it is humans who take the billions and billions of profits and it is humans who loose everything they have along this way. But it is machines, algorithms, cybernetic systems, networked technologies that automatically push forward a system that has run out of control.

Have a look at them and make connections. Start thinking about DEBT in/and Brisbane. Have a look at the research that has been done so far here:

Your pre workshop thoughts on all this are very welcome – use the comment space of this blog post bellow.

Read more about the workshop concept here:

Read more about the Memefest/Queensland College of Art Award for Imaginative Critical Intervention here:

We are very excited to see you all soon and work with you! Workshop will take place from November 15th to November 25th. We will start on November 15th at 10am. We will be based at the Queensland College of Art. A concrete schedule of the workshop will be sent to all participants via email in the next ten days.

Let us know if there is anything else you need to know.


Best, Oliver


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10 years, 6 months ago

Here is a link to Debtland, a documentary about DEBT in Australia:

this is part one, but you will be able to see all five parts on Youtube.

10 years, 6 months ago

I've been looking at resistant local currency systems including LETS (local exchange trading schemes). Check out "Explorations in heterotopia: Local Exchange Trading Schemes (LETS) and the micropolitics of money and livelihood" or others by Peter North. You will have to have access to databases.





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.