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Sttwn

DESIGNER   +   RESEARCHER   +   ARTIST   +   EDUCATOR   +   WRITER

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oliver
3 days, 7 hours ago

The Para-Academic Handbook: A Toolkit for Making-Learning-Creating-Acting

Edited by: Alex Wardrop and Deborah Withers

2014

There is a name for those under-and precariously employed, but actively working, academics in today’s society: the para-academic.

Para-academics mimic academic practices so they are liberated from the confines of the university. Our work, and our lives, reflect how the idea of a university as a place for knowledge production, discussion and learning, has become distorted by neo-liberal market forces.

We create alternative, genuinely open access, learning-thinking-making-acting spaces on the internet, in publications, in exhibitions, discussion groups or other mediums that seem appropriate to the situation. We don’t sit back and worry about our career developments paths. We write for the love of it, we think because we have to, we do it because we care.

http://hammeronpress.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/PHA_Final.pdf

oliver
2 weeks, 3 days ago


The Billion-Dollar Disinformation Campaign to Reelect the President

How new technologies and techniques pioneered by dictators will shape the 2020 election

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/03/the-2020-disinformation-war/605530/

oliver
2 months ago

Merry Christmas everyone! As the holidays center so much around food, family and community we'd like to give you a little gift.

Produced by Goucher student Kylie Miller, hosted by Kylie Miller and Tashi McQueen, Featuring Eric Jackson and Floyd Godsey this podcast presents the amazing and inspiring work on Food Apartheid our brothers and sisters at the Black Yield Institute in Baltimore are doing.

The podcast is one of the many outcomes of Baltimore's Food Apartheid, a collaboration between Goucher College, Black Yield Institute and Memefest, which happened in November in Baltimore.

https://goucherstudentradio.com/2019/12/03/baltimores-food-apartheid-a-podcast-about-black-yield-institute/

francaformenti63
2 months ago
Very interrsting!!!❤️
oliver
2 months, 3 weeks ago

Montreal friends, come and join us this coming Wednesday:

Members of the Memefest Network were recently in Baltimore, USA working with the Black Yield Institute and students at Goucher College tackling the subject of Baltimore's Food Apartheid. Food Democracy/Food Sovereignty has been a focus of Memefest's work over the last few years and it was a special opportunity for us to work with Black Yield, an amazing community organisation based out of Cherry Hill who seek to "Cultivate Self-Determination Through Black Land & Food Sovereignty".

Memefest's Oliver Vodeb and Vida Voncina, who will be visiting Montreal, alongside Kevin Lo (LOKI/Memefest) are interested in presenting a public debrief and discussion on the work done with BYI and Goucher, as well as the Memefest Network and project more broadly. We invite those interested in design and media activism, radical pedagogy, food justice (and more!) to join us for a casual "salon" at LOKI's studio.

See more details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/571852240242300/

danielmarcus
2 months, 3 weeks ago
Great that you are doing this!
--Daniel
oliver
2 months, 3 weeks ago
Of course... and there will be more. When are we printing all the rest of the materials?
oliver
3 months, 1 week ago

The Hong Kong protests are incredibly significant for many reasons. Not only are they exceptional as people are protesting more than six months, it is also the tactics that the protesters use that are highly sophisticated.

Here is a good article about the many subversive cultures emerging from the HK uprisings:

https://graphics.reuters.com/HONGKONG-EXTRADITIONS-TACTICS/0100B0790FL/index.html

oliver
3 months, 1 week ago

The Hong Kong protests are incredibly significant for many reasons. Not only are they exceptional as people are protesting more than six months, it is also the tactics that the protesters use that are highly sophisticated.

Here is a good article about the many subversive cultures emerging from the HK uprisings:

https://graphics.reuters.com/HONGKONG-EXTRADITIONS-TACTICS/0100B0790FL/index.html

lokidesign commented on Memefest's blogpost Baltimore’s Food Apartheid: A pre-workshop preparation session
3 months, 1 week 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
3 months, 2 weeks 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
3 months, 2 weeks 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
3 months, 3 weeks 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
3 months, 3 weeks 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
3 months, 3 weeks 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
3 months, 4 weeks 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 months, 4 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 months, 4 weeks ago

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

oliver
4 months 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
4 months, 3 weeks ago

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

https://tinyurl.com/yx9v6977

oliver
5 months, 3 weeks 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
5 months, 3 weeks ago

"This is cool too:

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

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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