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Sttwn

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oliver wrote new blogpost
2 weeks, 4 days ago

Community Harvest Project
Hello all! I find this super meaningful and I am seeking your support. I have been participating in ...

oliver
1 month, 3 weeks ago

Read about the ZAD, the largest squat on Europe, in the Guardian article bellow. After years of successfully defending the ZAD from the French authorities a new wave of threatening eviction is under way.

"The story of “la ZAD” in western France began more than half a century ago, when the French government earmarked the site for a new airport as part of a plan to create a transatlantic “Great West” gateway to France and Europe.

Years of consultations, arguments and indecision supposedly ended in 2008, when the €580 million project was given official approval. The squatters began arriving the same year, claiming they were responding to an appeal from farmers fighting compulsory purchase orders. No airport-related construction has since taken place on the 1,650-hectare site."

Full article here: https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2017/dec/28/end-of-la-zad-frances-utopian-anti-airport-community-faces-bitter-last-stand?CMP=share_btn_fb

Sttwn
2 weeks, 5 days ago
this is great stuff Oliver-
oliver
2 weeks, 5 days ago

No Alternative

How culture jamming was culture-jammed

http://reallifemag.com/no-alternative/

oliver
3 weeks, 2 days ago

oliver commented on Kath Wilson's blogpost New book out on DIY activism
1 month ago

"Hi uli.l, I just checked and the book is available online, for example here on Book Depository: http..."

oliver likes Kath Wilson 's blogpost
1 month ago

New book out on DIY activism

oliver
1 month, 4 weeks ago

Snowden's New App Turns Your Phone Into a Home Security System

https://www.wired.com/story/snowden-haven-app-turns-phone-into-home-security-system/

oliver
2 months ago


“Weaponized Pleasure”

Douglas Rushkoff in conversation with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

<iframe src="https://player.pippa.io/teamhuman/episodes/ep67-genesis-breyer-p-orridge-weaponized-pleasure" frameBorder="0" width="100%" height="110px"></iframe>

oliver
2 months ago
sorry, the embed code does not work here, check the next post above where I posted a direct URL link!
oliver
2 months ago

“Weaponized Pleasure”

Douglas Rushkoff in conversation with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

https://player.pippa.io/teamhuman/episodes/ep67-genesis-breyer-p-orridge-weaponized-pleasure

oliver wrote new blogpost
2 months ago

Food Democracy book presentation Webinar!
Three weeks ago I did this live Webinar with Online School of Food Design founder Francesca Zampollo...

oliver
2 months ago

Respect is when you change your own life. Public space is where you share that possibility.

Check this: Driving the Golden Spike, The Aesthetics of Anthropocene Public Space by Brian Holmes

http://deeptimechicago.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Holmes-Golden-Spike.pdf

oliver
2 months, 4 weeks ago

Here a link to the Food Democracy book Webinar I did this morning with Francesca Zampollo and food designers from around the world- it is now online.

Note, it was 5 am for me here in Melbourne and I am not a coffee drinker! :) I presented our wonderful Food Democracy book more in detail and after that we had a good discussion on several issues presented in the book.

Here another link to the book with links where you can get your own copy

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8D1G4gwwVA

oliver wrote new blogpost
3 months ago

Food Democracy Webinar!
Dear Friends, join us for the FOOD DEMOCRACY live Webinar where I will be together with Franceska Fr...

oliver
3 months, 1 week ago

So this is cool. A project to fight scams/ scamers. So next time you get a scam email, exmpl. someone wants to send you 5 million USD out of nothing send the email you have received to me@rescam.org

But check out this video that explains it all:

http://www.e-flux.com/journal/83/141287/overcoming-internet-disillusionment-on-the-principles-of-meme-design/

oliver
3 months, 1 week ago
oliver
7 months, 4 weeks ago

Here an interview tactical media guru and director of the Institute of Network culture in Amsterdam Geert Lovink made with me on the addictive power of Memes. It is their crucial nature in my opinion and never it became as explicit as now. It is crucial to understand these characteristics of memes in order to develop responses to the current media environment. There is also a crucial shift in the way visual memes operate and in the very logic of communication design.

http://networkcultures.org/geert/2017/06/22/interview-with-oliver-vodeb-memefest-on-the-addictive-power-of-memes-today/

stephen_designer
4 months, 1 week ago
Great interview Oliver about addictive power of memes today, I really enjoyed reading it. Do you know, or anyone else, have an example of a large company that has used memes in a campaign to create financial profit & can you share a link to it? I'm just curious if the company meme results look too manufactured due to a big company budget & maybe producing a space for it to thrive so it potentially becomes less effective as compared to naturally organic occurring memes made from a social action for example. At the moment I'm basically looking for a comparison on the high design memes to low design memes if that makes sense.
oliver
3 months, 1 week ago
oliver
5 months ago

General Theory of the Precariat

http://networkcultures.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/ToD25-Precariat-AlexFoti.pdf

About the book

From the fast-food industry to the sharing economy, precarious work has become the norm in contemporary capitalism, like the anti-globalization movement predicted it would. This book describes how the precariat came into being under neoliberalism and how it has radicalized in response to crisis and austerity. It investigates the political economy of precarity and the historical sociology of the precariat, and discusses movements of precarious youth against oligopoly and oligarchy in Europe, America, and East Asia. Foti covers the three fundamental dates of recent history: the financial crisis of 2008, the political revolutions of 2011, and the national-populist backlash of 2016, to present his class theory of the precariat and the ideology of left-populist movements. Building a theory of capitalist crisis to understand the aftermath of the Great Recession, he outlines political scenarios where the precariat can successfully fight for emancipation, and reverse inequality and environmental destruction. Written by the activist who put precarity on the map of radical thinking, this is the first work proposing a complete theory of the precariat in its actuality and potentiality.

julianne
4 months, 1 week ago
Hello Oliver, it sounds like a solid read but a bit heavy on language. Is it easy to understand?
oliver
4 months, 1 week ago
Hi Julianne it a bit dense, but have a look for your self, from the link I posted you can download a pdf. of the book for free!
julianne
4 months, 1 week ago
Thanks for getting back! Okayy, I'll have a look - thanks for sharing, I looked into the 'networkcultures' website.
Also, your profile description reads that you teach at Swinburne Uni in Melbourne?! I graduated there early this year. I would love to hear more of your work :)
oliver
4 months, 1 week ago
Are you still in Melbourne? We can meet for a chat if you come to Swinburne one day...? here is an interview with me on Networkcultures : http://networkcultures.org/geert/2017/06/22/interview-with-oliver-vodeb-memefest-on-the-addictive-power-of-memes-today/
julianne
4 months, 1 week ago
Yes, I live in Melbourne. I read that you moved to Melbourne?! So interesting. I would love to meet for a chat! We can meet at Haddons Cafe soon - what days do you teach/work there?
stephen_designer
4 months, 1 week ago
General Theory of the Precariat book seems very interesting, amazing it's free to read. I've never heard of the word Precariat until now. I'll give it a read, thanks for sharing it.
oliver
6 months, 3 weeks ago

Hi there friends: I want to share with you a truly wonderful project that is more than worth your attention and support. A few days left to reach the goal of this crowdfunding campaign and your donation could really make the difference. Cups of nun chai is a memorial work for the 118 civilians that died in pro-freedom protests in Indian occupied Kashmir in 2010. One of my favorite art projects. But please see more on the link bellow and please do consider supporting the project financially (you will receive a lot in return)!


https://pozible.com/project/cups-of-nun-chai

oliver
7 months, 2 weeks ago

“Developing dissident knowledges”: Geert Lovink on the Social Media Abyss

http://lagrietaonline.com/developing-dissident-knowledges-geert-lovink-on-the-social-media-abyss/

oliver
8 months, 3 weeks ago

Does Facebook Make Us Unhappy and Unhealthy?
A look at new research covering thousands of adults

https://www.wsj.com/articles/does-facebook-make-us-unhappy-and-unhealthy-1495729227

lisagye
8 months, 1 week ago
I call bullshit on these studies - if you go and look at the actual methodology they used, they don't have a baseline of mental health before FB use and after - so it could just as easily be argued that people turn to FB when they are, for many reasons, unable to enjoy the privilege of FTF encounter and are already suffering from social isolation or anxiety/depression. I think it displaces attention away from the systemic breakdown of community/localised relations brought about by global capital. Online social networks can act as supports for genuinely local, community based activities (which I think are key to our ongoing survival and resistance) when they are not seen as replacements for these activities.
oliver
8 months, 1 week ago
here I disagree. FB is a symptom of and tool for what you call "systemic breakdown of community/localised relations brought about by global capital." social networks do not equal social networks and FB plays a particular role. its far more detrimental than just effecting personal mental health but it is one of the main players of destroying the public sphere. I am not saying everyone using FB is not happy or is unhealthy but FB - if used as so many people use it- is far from doing much good. using FB for ongoing survival and resistance can be good but this is done by people that are savvy and disciplined in this actions, not by regular users, at least not by the ones I know.
lisagye
8 months, 1 week ago
I agree that the FB is definitely not the ideal space for online networked community - but it is where people are for now. Of course, I think we are already seeing a drift away from such spaces. At the moment though there are many people who struggle to engage technically even in a relatively easy to use space such as FB (and don't get me started on Twitter) so part of the issue is technological literacy at the local community level. I would love it if more people used radically open platforms like Memefest (which is why I'm here ;) but as we know this is the dilemma. I don't have an easy answer to this. And I agree we need to keep looking for one.
lisagye
8 months, 1 week ago
The thing I hate about FB is that it is like a sideways glance at a party with no need for further dialogue. You're right in that in making "contact" easy it becomes trivial - I keep thinking of Milan Kundera's Unbearable Lightness of Being" - that's what FB is. Real dialogue and connection is hard and takes work when we live so far from each other (even when that means only streets away). It requires commitment and that is made to seem like such hard work when really it isn't.
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Additional information on the work proposed;

Most of the work was developed in and for areas in conflict. There are several examples:

I. (earlier work: http://www.imaginarycountry.org/www_09/research.html
-and "Borderline Series")

An urban neighborhood in the United States with an influx of people from Central and South America in conflict with a traditional European/American population. The pieces were about bringing some kind of reflection and conciliation with both sides when it was exhibited, with other programming from community leaders from both sides.

II. "Your Imaginary Country: the Berlin Wall and the Southwest Border Initiative” 2008 and 2010. Another project tied together two parts of the globe that have a history with a "Wall"-

http://www.imaginarycountry.org/www_09/research.html

The Imaginary Country project was shown in Berlin and in the Southwest US- and linked through the web so that answers from both places could be shown together from the audiences. It developed stories and audience based questions about political and economic exclusion of people from each country at a particular time and place- comparing the German “Wall” with the US "wall:" the Strategic Border Initiative, which literally is an update on the Berlin Wall physically. Audience answers became part of the project- both sides were appalled that a) something like this was happening once again in a "democracy," (the Berlin audience) while the U.S. audience understood the comparison (though it was broken down in terms of what motivates the idea of a "wall") since so much of U.S. ideology is about the iconography of the end of "communism" in Europe.

III. The projects tend to elicit audience responses both in the work (answers from the audience become part of the work electronically) that fall into all of the love/conflict/imagination categories in your proposal call.

see documentation at:
http://www.imaginarycountry.org/www_09/research.html

-and the Visual Communication project (print based - Sage Publishers in the U.K)

In the projects that I develop, people talk about imagining what their new community could be like- they evidence conflict between themselves and the reality- (often about conflicts between not only the new community that they live in, but also conflicts with their family and expectations of being fully from both cultures) The conflicts of course are often induced from governments and economies in conflict- such as the current EU economic situation and smaller countries (see the project "Marriage of Convenience"
done with collaborators in Lithuania in 09-

http://www.imaginarycountry.org/www_09/research.html)

IV. Finally- my most recent work tries to raise issues about how we imagine relationships based on body metaphor- see www.imaginarycountry.org/ch_2011

and the interactive animation "pulse" in particular. This was done in a major corporate city in the United States- which is the second largest banking center in the U.S. (behind NYC).

Please feel free to get back in touch- the memefest project is something if possible I would greatly like to participate in.


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