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Welcome to the Pleasure Dome
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* Memefest has commissioned Melbourne based writer extraordinaire Darren Tofts to share his thoughts on PLEASURE. We are delighted to publish them here for your pleasure.



A personal history & an invitation

Pleasure is a coveted, quintessentially human emotion.  More than simple enjoyment, it is a rhythm of feeling, thought and living.  I mean, isn’t that why we are all here?  Isn’t it why our atoms have come together from elsewhere, colliding at the speed of light, dynamic, as we sit sort of comfortably on drab plastic chairs?  While in those same utilitarian armatures, the electric charge of our minds and the humours of our bodies will bristle with static like the ambient, background chatter of the universe.

Many years ago Herr Freud thought he had discovered pleasure (his best work was on delusion).  During the Viennese Doktor’s century pleasure defined not only the utopian future to come, but also something that was inextricably human; a drive always becoming, yearned for and desired (lustprinzip just don’t cut it for non-German speakers).   After Freud let the grinning Cheshire cat out of the bag, pleasure’s carnival spread throughout the decades like butter on hot toast.  But more than a fustian “principle” it was a force recognised for what it was in all its inflections– the simple poetry of the everyday, from a cuppa in the morning to a tincture of absinthe at night, the odour of a rose and religious or carnal joy.  Pleasure was the gastronome’s obsession during the Banquet Years of Paris’ Belle Époque, a style of living in Italy’s Dolce Vita of the 1950s, as well as the new optimism of post-war hope for better futures.  The hedonism of 60s’ counter cultures was less boring and much more fundamental than hippies, yippies, of turning on and dropping out.  And after Vietnam and the Cuban Missile Crisis it was like, man it’s fucking good to still be alive.  Dr Leary, kindly pass the Kool-Aid.

By the early 1970s we were seduced by the nourishment of new ideas; strange, compelling and louche, like The Joy of Sex by the aptly named Alex Comfort. French enfant terrible Roland Barthes teased us with its rhythms from the gape of garments to the joy of text.  In his droll po-mo way he even gave the new human lexicon of literary pleasure a new name, “textasy” (I know, I know...). Moving right along from the bohemian pomp of the cafés of Saint Germain, British new wave band Joy Division sang more soberly of pleasure’s “sense of style and good taste” and in so doing politely captured the intellectual voluptuary’s paradise, of which we still can’t get enough.  In the 80s Frankie Goes to Hollywood raffishly welcomed us to the Pleasure Dome and its earthly delights.  At the same time in France Marguerite Duras wrote sublimely and tenderly of lovers in its thrall.  By century’s end we were so hyper we all became cyborgs and Donna Haraway turned us on to the new rhythms of becoming-machines.   And the Y2K virus was a fizzer after all.   It was party time.

Now, in the second decade of the third millennium, you are invited to enter Plato’s cave for yet another symposium, a carnivalesque celebration of the luscious entanglement in critique, dispute and performance. We can be thoughtful and astute, rhetorical and provocative.  Either way there will be a riot going on, a delirious J. G. Ballard-like crash of ideas.  

Find a forum to think and share ideas.  You know there’s probably one in town.  Take it as an opportunity to speak in a voice that will be heard openly, emphatically and generously.  There will no doubt be give and take, the rustle of ideas and the hustle of opinion.  Just as the ancient Aztecs in Mexico courted Xochipilli, an obscure god of art, festival and song, choose your own talisman, accept it into your pantheon.  In our own way we can spread and share thought amongst ourselves like a virus, in the prophylactic safety of erudite discussion, even a naked lunch.  We can be host and parasite, language and misunderstanding.  And remember when Dr Burroughs operates, shit happens, okay?

So, pleasure… 
Speak of it in your own voice.   
Or in someone else’s–  “Shooting stars never stop, even when they reach the top”.
And remember…
Don’t be shy
We know you like it
We know you want it
We can mishear some music lyrics.  We can go to Mars and back in an instant
Get the t-shirt and rock on:  Pleasure: this is what we are

Darren Tofts
voluptatem scriptor @2016


PLEASURE: Friendly Competition Deadline Closed!
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We are very excited to have received inspiring works from around the world to this years Friendly competition!

The theme PLEASURE has triggered a lot of creative energy and work. It was and is a highly interesting journey for us too.

Pleasure is at the very core of socially responsive communication, design and art. But how does pleasure manifest today, what is its place in design, media, art and society?

We are interested in processes where pleasure meets with conflict and especially in ways we can experience pleasure in our everyday life, which can contribute to its radical transformation towards social justice. How can pleasure transform the way we live, laugh, listen, eat, create, think, imagine, dream, work, play and relate to each other?

The works from four continents are at the second look a deep interrogation in to this years festival theme. Many of them are surprising, especially as pleasure is not only defined by culture but also by generation. Our youngest participants especially seem to b speaking from a place we should learn about with care.

Now the internal process begins: first we need to make sure all works are submitted properly. After that a short list will be curated. Than this selection will be curated again by the Memefest Friendly competition curators and editors. They will take three weeks time to evaluation and best works will get special written feedback. The results of this public (meta) curatorial approach will be published here online for anyone to reed. Of course there will be feedback opportunity for everyone and especially this is something we will encourage. But we'll talk more about this process later.

So when will we publish results? You need to know that this process of evaluation is highly important to us. Thorough evaluation takes time and effort.
Our curators and editors will have two weeks time and given the preselection process all together will take more than three weeks of work.

Results will be published on the 25th of October and the curated works known. Than we will also announce the three recipients of the Memefest/Swinburne award for Imaginative Critical Intervention who will be invited to take part in the special extradisciplinary workshop/intervention in Melbourne, November 21-28th at Swinburne University. This will be the next major event and one we are very excited about. We have fantastic things to announce and will write more about this soon.

For now let's get back to work. We are excited to see and read your submissions.

Thanks to everyone who has submitted works - It is important! In this way you all are contributing to the process of research, theory and practice of Socially Responsive Communication, Design and Art. It is crucial that we work together on this. We have come a long way already.

More soon!

Deadline Extended! Artists, Critical Writers and Communication Design Interventionists- 10 More Days to go!
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Well, well... how great to see inspiring works from around the globe being submitted to this years Memefest Friendly Competition!

Many of you have asked for a bit more time- and we are listening. We want everyone to have a chance to participate in our global dialogue on PLEASURE, therefore we extend the deadline for TEN more days. The last deadline is Thursday 30th of September 2016.

AWARDS:

Invitation to special extradisciplinary workshop in Melbourne Australia at Swinburne University.

Invitation to publish your text in a special edition book published with Intellect books UK, and other.

Check more about the Awards for yourself:

http://www.memefest.org/en/competition/awards_2016/

And here again our friendly competition outlines:

http://www.memefest.org/en/competition/intro/

Submit your work here:

http://www.memefest.org/en/competition/application_form/

This is it- lets do it! ;)

Memefest 2016: PLEASURE Call for papers!
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The one and only Memefest international festival of Socially Responsive Communication, Design and Art invites you to submit your critical interventions on the theme: PLEASURE

Pleasure. An activity as well as an experience that is given and taken. Pleasure is that which is agreeable and satisfying to the senses and the mind. A sensation of the body as well as the body politic, pleasure is an all-consuming consumption, an economy no less real than the worlds of trade and commerce.

The pleasure of the text. Pleasure is always excessive in writing, as writing. From metaphysical conceits to puns, syllogisms or the banality of utilitarian street signage: “dogs must be carried on escalators”. You get my meanings?

Pleasure as spectacle. Living in global societies pleasure can be an image emblazoned on the eye, a sound that keeps percussing the ear, the concept that keeps you awake at night.

Pleasure as Eros. Words, ideas seeking to express satisfaction and completion, but not arriving. Deferring closure to maintain the delight of sensation that is yet to come, deliberately put off for later, another time.

We are interested in processes where pleasure satisfies, from walking in the city to the odour of a rose. Pleasure stimulates as well as agitates our desire for what is joyously possible. But pleasure can also meet with conflict, agitation and impatience, even dislike. And how can pleasure transform the way we live, our experience of the world and our desire to immerse ourselves more deeply in it? From laughter, listening, eating and creating, to thinking, imagining, dreaming as well as work and play, pleasure is, contra the philosopher Maurice Blanchot, the ultimate expenditure always desiring something in return. More really is more.

As desiring machines, what gives us pleasure, satisfies our need for it and excites us? In response to these questions papers are welcome in many formats, from critical essays and rhetorical performances, provocations to interventions on the street such as billposters, fliers or polemical pamphlets. Martin Luther kick-started the Reformation by nailing his 95 Theses to the door of a church. You can explore as well as express pleasure with a Tweet or an SMS. The opportunity is all yours. #pleasure.

Welcome to the pleasure dome.

Our curatorial and editorial board of hand picked distinguished critical thinkers, educators, researchers, activists and professionals, will evaluate your works.

Authors of selected works will be awarded with things that matter, including an invitation to a special Memefest extradisciplinary workshop in Melbourne, Australia, and publication in the Memefest Interventions book published by Intellect books UK.

For more information visit and the complete festival outlines/ provocation: www.memefest.org

Or write to Darren Tofts <dtofts@swin.edu.au>

Deadline for the Friendly competition is: 30th September 2016

Deadline for sending abstracts for the Memefest Symposium is October 15th.





Submit your work here. MEMEFEST FRIENDLY COMPETITION 2016: DEADLINE EXTENDED!
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Hello comrades, friends,

Great news for all of you who missed the deadline for submission of your works!

We received strong works from four continents but have received a lot of requests to extend the deadline. We want to listen to our community and have decided to give you some more time and because of the summer / winter holidays we extended the deadline to September 20 2016! So, enough time for all of you!

Everyone who has submitted so far can still edit their works till the new deadline - simply log into your account.

We have some great news coming up for you soon. Also to let you know: next Memefest symposium/ workshops/interventions will be November 21.-28. in Melbourne.

Do not forget to check out our MEMEFEST 2016 Festival Outlines PLEASURE on our web page http://tinyurl.com/jaov4zp.

To submit your work go here:

http://memefest.org/en/competition/application_form/

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Pleasure: Submit Your Festival Work Here!
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Dear Friends and Comrades, use this link to submit your work to the Festival's Friendly Competition:

http://memefest.org/competition/application_form/


PLEASURE is the theme of this year’s Memefest. We are interested in processes where pleasure meets with conflict and especially in ways we can experience pleasure in our everyday life, which can contribute to its radical transformation towards social justice. How can pleasure transform the way we live, laugh, listen, eat, create, think, imagine, dream, play, work and relate to each other?

Respond to this proposition in the Memefest 2016 Friendly Competition.

Read more about the festival’s outlines here, or go directly to the category that interests you the most and check them out here: Visual Communication practice, Critical Writing and the art/social practice category 'Beyond...'!

Deadline for your submissions is June 20th.

Participation is free of charge and there is no age limit or any other restriction.

Memefest 2016 Festival Outlines: PLEASURE
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Pleasure is central to our lives and communication/design and art play a major role in our relationship to it.

While pleasure can be used to live life fully, as well as to render people into tools it seems we rarely think of it outside its immediate effects and certainly we think even less of pleasure as social practice and something we could relate to the world in transformative ways that challenge the status quo.

PLEASURE is the theme of this year’s Memefest. We are interested in processes where pleasure meets with conflict and especially in ways we can experience pleasure in our everyday life, which can contribute to its radical transformation towards social justice. How can pleasure transform the way we live, laugh, listen, eat, create, think, imagine, dream, play and relate to each other?

Respond to this proposition in the Memefest 2016 Friendly Competition.

Read more about the festival’s outlines here, or go directly to the category that interests you the most and check them out here: Visual Communication practice, Critical Writing and the participatory art/communication category 'Beyond...'!

Deadline for your submissions is June 20th. Participation is free of charge and there is no age limit or any other restriction.

We will post more soon. For now it is your turn.

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