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Sttwn

DESIGNER   +   RESEARCHER   +   ARTIST   +   EDUCATOR   +   WRITER

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lokidesign commented on Memefest's blogpost Baltimore’s Food Apartheid: A pre-workshop preparation session
3 days, 16 hours ago

"Very excited to meet you all very soon. Last weekend I participated in an event with the East Bay Pe..."

oliver commented on Memefest's blogpost Baltimore’s Food Apartheid: A pre-workshop preparation session
1 week, 2 days ago

"As we are working a lot with photographers here is an article on Afrapix, a radical photo collective..."

oliver commented on Memefest's blogpost Baltimore’s Food Apartheid: A pre-workshop preparation session
1 week, 4 days ago

"Here are some great links sent to me by Pamela from Goucher, they are very useful resources, so I am..."

oliver commented on Memefest's blogpost Baltimore’s Food Apartheid: A pre-workshop preparation session
2 weeks, 1 day ago

"Here the latest on Black Yield Institute, published by Civil Eats:

https://tinyurl.com/y2ephb4c..."

oliver commented on Memefest's blogpost Baltimore’s Food Apartheid: A pre-workshop preparation session
2 weeks, 3 days ago

"Hello Pamela @mxpjthompson, thanks for sharing about the work you have been doing with your students..."

oliver commented on Memefest's blogpost Baltimore’s Food Apartheid: A pre-workshop preparation session
2 weeks, 5 days ago

"I Love Kevin's take on food and its relation to community, commoning and the potentials, which are i..."

lokidesign commented on Memefest's blogpost Baltimore’s Food Apartheid: A pre-workshop preparation session
2 weeks, 6 days ago

"Hi everyone, Kevin here from Montreal. Very excited to join you all in Baltimore. I run a small desi..."

oliver commented on Memefest's blogpost Baltimore’s Food Apartheid: A pre-workshop preparation session
3 weeks ago

"And hi again...so, we are very excited and looking forward to come and join you in Baltimore to inve..."

oliver commented on Memefest's blogpost Baltimore’s Food Apartheid: A pre-workshop preparation session
3 weeks, 1 day ago

"Hi everybody! Very much looking forward to it all. I will write more later but for now here are some..."

oliver
3 weeks, 5 days ago

We checked 100 years of protests in 150 countries. Here’s what we learned about the working class and democracy.
The success of mass protests depends on who is doing the protesting.

'...Industrial workers have been key agents of democratization and, if anything, are even more important than the urban middle classes. When industrial workers mobilize mass opposition against a dictatorship, democratization is very likely to follow.'

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/10/24/we-checked-years-protests-countries-heres-what-we-learned-about-working-class-democracy/

oliver
1 month, 2 weeks ago

Wearable face projector, projects a face onto your face and tricks the face recognition surveillance technology:

https://tinyurl.com/yx9v6977

oliver
2 months, 1 week ago


An audio-visual archival resource focusing on radical activism around Australia, particularly during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s (although resources are not restricted exclusively to this time period).

The archive recovers "lost" and rare independent Australian documentaries (also vérité footage of historical significance) in order to preserve these films, videos and audio for posterity before they reach end of life and disappear permanently.

The focus is on visual/aural material.....the archive currently has 204 film streams and 91 audio streams.

http://radicaltimes.info/

oliver commented on Memefest's blogpost How Hong Kong is Calling on the World for Help
2 months, 2 weeks ago

"This is cool too:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-49582520..."

oliver
3 months, 1 week ago

There is a reason we call each other "comrades" and not "friends" on the Memefest network.

Here a new book From Jodi Dean: Comrade
An Essay on Political Belonging

When people say “comrade”, they change the world

In the twentieth-century millions of people across the globe addressed each other as “comrade”. Now, it’s more common to hear talk of “allies” on the left than it is of comrades. In Comrade, Jodi Dean insists that this shift exemplifies the key problem with the contemporary left: the substitution of political identity for a relation of political belonging that must be built, sustained, and defended.

In Comrade, Dean offers a theory of the comrade. Comrades are equals on the same side of a political struggle. Voluntarily coming together in the struggle for justice, their relationship is characterised by discipline, joy, courage, and enthusiasm. Considering the generic egalitarianism of the comrade in light of differences of race and gender, Dean draws from an array of historical and literary examples such as Harry Haywood, C.L.R James, Alexandra Kollontai, and Doris Lessing. She argues that if we are to be a left at all, we have to be comrades.

https://www.versobooks.com/books/3060-comrade

Vida
3 months, 1 week ago
Thanks Oliver, sounds like an interesting essay. Especially for those of us who grew up with this notion of camerade.
Cheers
oliver
3 months, 3 weeks ago

"During the introduction of a recent speech by Donald Trump at Turning Point USA Teen Student Action Summit, someone — reportedly by accident and has since been fired from Turning Point — pasted into the slides a 2016 faux seal created by Charles Leazott that features an eagle holding wads of cash and golf clubs with a ribbon that says, in Spanish, “45 is a Puppet”. Score one for the resistance."

https://www.underconsideration.com/brandnew/archives/45_is_a_puppet.php

oliver
4 months, 1 week ago

For those who are interested in how to build and run a small social network site, certainly an alternative to Facebook or Twitter, here is a great guide:

https://runyourown.social

"Keeping the social network sites small is essential for customization that will meet everyone's needs. Kazemi doesn't suggest going over 100 users. Smaller communities are easier to manage both technically and socially, but it also creates an intimacy where it's possible to know everyone in the group, creating a truly private, curated space. "

Full article here:

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/kzmjde/facebook-and-twitter-suck-so-heres-how-to-make-your-own-social-media-network

oliver
5 months ago

Donald Weber writes about photography as a discipline, profession and practice, which still has a long journey to make for to be able to think the conditions of its own production. This work is part of a larger body of work Donald and I are developing, one day it will be a book. A next text related to the ideas Donald is talking about here is in the making. Highly recommended reading!

https://tinyurl.com/y6d9fhtg

oliver commented on Memefest's blogpost Global Liberal Media Please
5 months ago

"@Bernadette- you mean from 'Global Liberal Media" into "Democratic Media"?..."

oliver commented on Memefest's blogpost Global Liberal Media Please
5 months, 1 week ago

"Thanks for this SanFrancisco- if you have any more examples on Culture Jamming coming from Argentina..."

Sttwn
ABOUT ME

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Name

Scott Townsend


Website

http://www.imaginarycountry.org/


Description

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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