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oliver

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oliver commented on Memefest's blogpost Global Liberal Media Please
2 days, 20 hours ago

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

oliver
4 days, 17 hours ago

The Baffler on Spotify and how its main value for brands and advertisers is to know really a lot about our emotional states via their mood based playlists.

https://thebaffler.com/downstream/big-mood-machine-pelly

SanFrancisco commented on Memefest's blogpost Global Liberal Media Please
1 week ago

"Proyecto Squatters from ARG
https://www.facebook.com/watch/1554575938095703/
http://proyectosquatt..."

SanFrancisco likes Memefest 's blogpost
1 week ago

Global Liberal Media Please

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1 week, 1 day ago

Global Liberal Media Please

Memefest wrote new blogpost
1 week, 1 day ago

Global Liberal Media Please
We have lately again become interested into Culture Jamming, a practice we have been very involved i...

gabriellaprovoked
3 weeks ago

Yes, I'm just drafting the rationale for the next issue now! The theme is 'extremism'.

gabriellaprovoked
3 weeks, 4 days ago

https://www.peterdrewarts.com

oliver
3 weeks, 4 days ago
Thanks for this Gabriela, I saw some of his posters, now I know who is the author! He really makes an effort, I mean putting 1000 posters around the country is a big achievement.
BTW, I am still giving your zine to selected people... Will you be able to do another one?
oliver
3 weeks, 5 days ago

There is several reasons I am posting this. First, it is time to bring this wonderful text, the original text by Mark Dery, which first theorized the term Culture Jamming - in fact Dery has coined the term- to you.

So here is: Culture Jamming: Hacking, Slashing, and Sniping in the Empire of Signs

http://markdery.com/?page_id=154

I find the concept of Culture jamming still very useful, although the practice of CJ was in the last two decades abused, coopted, critiqued for being just an empty fashion etc. I always thought that in order to do it well, Culture Jamming needs superb understanding of communication, design and art in relation to meaning making in our media, well in the world.

Now, the media has changed and changed again, and the question is how is Culture jamming useful in the current social media, surveillance driven media sphere. But it is and even if we engage just in the visual graphic part, it can do "something".

So what can it do today, I am asking you? And this is what I aim to start figuring out more with my master of communication design students here at RMIT. As part of a set of semiotic strategies, named Re:Coding we will look into that. But I would need your help- what are good examples of CJ, what are good CURRENT examples of CJ? How would you run a project on CJ with students?

Here is a video of one that I love from our friend Vladimir Turner, and the whole project is here:

http://sgnlr.com/works/outside/house-of-cards/#

Any ideas and examples would be welcome.


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oliver
1 month, 1 week ago

What great memories! Culture jamming 2002, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Perhaps the first culture jamming action in Slovenia- in a night action we jammed a national campaign on the importance of brands and branding. Big Slovenian brands had billboards all over in order to promote the value of brands and the importance of buying well known brands.

We used a stencil and jammed billboards on major crossroads or other prominent locations. This was in the middle of the process for the first Memefest and in no minor way we were influenced by the Culture Jamming concepts and culture in thinking about our first festival. Especially No Logo by Naomi Klein and the Adbusters magazine were important at that time.

sgnlr
1 month, 1 week ago
bigup
oliver
1 month, 1 week ago
Thanks sgnlr- what are you up to these days? Have you been doing any interventions recently? Also, did you check the links I gave you in relation to doing a PhD in Melbourne?
oliver
2 months, 2 weeks ago

This is such a cool text: 101 Ways to Play With the Mainstream, Culture Jamming as subversive recreation, by Tom Liacas.

Written at the height of the popularity of Culture jamming it is highly relevant as it speaks from within the very cultures that created the phenomenon. Still now, CJ is a widely used practice and in my opinion should be taught, perhaps under the banner "Re-Coding" to students. To be a good Jammer means to be a super good communicator/ designer/ media manipulator. Its much more difficult that it seams, but most of all, it really is fun.
Check it out, I have given it to read to some of my students for their research project in the masters of communication design.

http://cumuluspress.burningbillboard.org/pdf.files/4.101tricks.pdf

oliver
2 months, 1 week ago
Here is also the link to the whole book and you can download the chapters:

http://cumuluspress.burningbillboard.org/autonomousmedia.html
oliver
2 months, 1 week ago

Hey here is my new paper that is just published and available on the link bellow:

Extradisciplinary risk-taking: Design education as institutional critique



Abstract: Risk in education in the creative field of communication design is usually seen in connection with creativity as subjective expression and innovation as desired impact. This article positions risk in relation to the political in design education. It puts forward the argument that a particular type of risk-taking in education can work towards shifting design from a position of a service-providing activity towards a more emancipated practice, which would not comply with the pressures of neoliberal capitalism. To counter the current state of compliance this article suggests a three-level model of extradisciplinary risk-taking as institutional critique. The case of Memefest and Design Futures is discussed. Theoretical analysis is combined with (auto) ethnography and qualitative research.

https://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/intellect/adche/2019/00000018/00000001/art00009

Image by my friend Sandy Kaltenborn (www.image-shift.net)

If you cant access the paper online because your institution cant afford to pay for the journal subscription or because you are not an academic and cant access this or for what ever reason write to me: oliver AT memefest.org

Of course I would appreciate any of your thoughts and comments!

gabriellaprovoked
2 months, 1 week ago

Hi Oliver, I just mashed the two logos directly together - I didn't alter them in anyway - other than covering up 'pig'. "Pork" and the registered mark are the Pork Australia logo. I think I will do a run of t-shirts!

oliver
2 months, 1 week ago
Hey Gabriella, I see now, thats super! I wasn't aware of the Port Australia logo. If you will do a run of T-Shirts, please let me know, if possible id buy one.
gabriellaprovoked
2 months, 1 week ago

Awesome Oliver- thanks for sharing! I just created this myself...

oliver
2 months, 1 week ago
Ha, that's really cool, I love it! That would make great stickers, or T-Shirts! I wonder though - why did you decide to write "Pork" + "r" in a very different way than the original?
mascaro
3 months, 1 week ago

an interesting approach on how we supposedly have to eat. from our father in celestial academics "the lancet" https://eatforum.org/eat-lancet-commission/

oliver
3 months, 1 week ago
Thanks for this amigo, this is really interesting. It is a long document, I will need a bit of time to dig into it! Whats your opinion on it?
mascaro
3 months, 1 week ago
i think it doesn't go to the foundations of the problem. i agree with principal notes, but i believe it has at least two "colonizational streamforces". there is no place for a discusion on the political economics that understand all the food industries, that is: the persecution of profits (we can talk here about all the crimes that international enterprises like monsanto has commited against the people worldwide). onnthe other hand, i think that the change in world population diet has to evolve, hand to hand, with the development of the individuals potencials. this last is, indeed, forbiden by the development of the neoliberalism. so, we cannot talk about the world safest diet if we dont talk about new forms of democracy.
oliver
3 months, 3 weeks ago


You Give Apps Sensitive Personal Information. Then They Tell Facebook.
Wall Street Journal testing reveals how the social-media giant collects a wide range of private data from developers; ‘This is a big mess’


"The social-media giant collects intensely personal information from many popular smartphone apps just seconds after users enter it, even if the user has no connection to Facebook, according to testing done by The Wall Street Journal. The apps often send the data without any prominent or specific disclosure, the testing showed."

https://www.wsj.com/articles/you-give-apps-sensitive-personal-information-then-they-tell-facebook-11550851636

mascaro
3 months, 3 weeks ago
We need a memefest app!!!
oliver
3 months, 3 weeks ago

You Give Apps Sensitive Personal Information. Then They Tell Facebook.
Wall Street Journal testing reveals how the social-media giant collects a wide range of private data from developers; ‘This is a big mess’


"The social-media giant collects intensely personal information from many popular smartphone apps just seconds after users enter it, even if the user has no connection to Facebook, according to testing done by The Wall Street Journal. The apps often send the data without any prominent or specific disclosure, the testing showed."

https://www.wsj.com/articles/you-give-apps-sensitive-personal-information-then-they-tell-facebook-11550851636
oliver
3 months, 3 weeks ago
We should talk about it comrade. Our current web site is designed for computers and not smart phones. Slow media, not instant. We plan to do some improvements, but of course we can't compete with the technology of Facebook. Yes, a Memefest app would be great. But I am not sure how we could make this as we don't have the money. Do you have any ideas how could we approach this?
oliver
4 months ago

A must read!

"The heavy atoms in cameras will continue to be replaced with bits of weightless software, shrinking them down to microscopic dots scanning the environment 24 hours a day. The mirrorworld will be a world governed by light rays zipping around, coming into cameras, leaving displays, entering eyes, a never-­ending stream of photons painting forms that we walk through and visible ghosts that we touch. The laws of light will govern what is possible.

New technologies bestow new superpowers. We gained super speed with jet planes, super healing powers with antibiotics, super hearing with the radio. The mirrorworld promises super vision. We’ll have a type of x-ray vision able to see into objects via their virtual ghosts, exploding them into constituent parts, able to untangle their circuits visually. Just as past generations gained textual literacy in school, learning how to master the written word, from alphabets to indexes, the next generation will master visual literacy. A properly educated person will be able to create a 3D image inside of a 3D landscape nearly as fast as one can type today. They will know how to search all videos ever made for the visual idea they have in their head, without needing words. The complexities of color and the rules of perspective will be commonly understood, like the rules of grammar. It will be the Photonic Era."

https://www.wired.com/story/mirrorworld-ar-next-big-tech-platform/

Memefest wrote new blogpost
4 months ago

The Situationist Times and some thoughts on Memefest publishing
The Situationists had an immense influence on Memefest from its very beginnings in 2002. The concept...

oliver
4 months, 1 week ago

Listen to the new episode of Team Human by Douglas Rushkoff, here in conversation with Geert Lovink.

Playing for Team Human today: media activist and scholar Geert Lovink. Geert will be helping us see how an understanding of the political economy is not enough. We have to reacquaint ourselves with the experiential layer of our humanity and even reclaim our sadness to counter the stultifying effects of platform capitalism. Today, when our sources of information are intimately intertwined with our social lives, it’s not as simple as just “going offline.” How can we overcome the anti-human agendas embedded in our technology?

Today’s show reaches back to the origins of what became known as “tactical media” — using interactive media to promote the human agenda. Geert makes the case for reawakening this sensibility. You can learn more about Geert at networkedcultures.org and discover his forthcoming book Sad By Design: On Platform Nihilism.

https://player.pippa.io/teamhuman/episodes/ep-114-geert-lovink-sad-by-design

oliver
4 months, 1 week ago
Here is the right link to Geert Lovink's institute for network Cultures http://networkcultures.org/
oliver
ABOUT ME

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Name

Oliver Vodeb


Gender

male


Country

Australia


Description

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 :

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

www.memefest.org/en/indebtedtointervene/

www.memefest.org/demonstratingrelevance/en

www.druzbenoodzivnokomuniciranje.si/

This was my studio in Slovenia (2004-2012): www.poper.si

CV (sort of): http://www.memefest.org/en/about/who_we_are_oliver_vodeb/

You can read some of my texts here:
https://rmit.academia.edu/OliverVodeb


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.


Faculty

was studiing at Faculty for social sciences University of Ljubljana


Education

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

poper.si, memefest.org, magnumphotos.com, mubi.com, ubu.com, http://twotheories.blogspot.com, brianholmes.wordpress.com, www.lensculture.com, www.burnmagazine.org, www.bagnewsnotes.com, www.cactusnetwork.org.uk, http://www.image-shift.net, www.inkahoots.com.au/
www.lokidesign.net


People I like

My dear family and my wonderful friends.


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