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h.watts

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oliver
6 hours, 42 minutes ago

This is a very important read. John Jordan on the Revenge against the commons, writes about the recent attempts by the French Government to evict The ZAD, the largest autonomous zone in Europe.

https://zadforever.blog/2018/04/24/the-revenge-against-the-commons/

oliver
1 week, 6 days ago

An urgent message from our friend John Jordan!!

A CALL FOR INTERGALACTIC SOLIDARITY ACTIONS EVERYWHERE TO END THE DESTRUCTION OF THE ZAD OF NOTRE DAME DES LANDES

We are writing with the smell of tear gas rising from our fingers. The springtime symphony of birdsong is punctuated by the explosive echo of concussion grenades. Our eyes are watering, less from the gas than the sadness; because our friends’ homes, barns and organic farms are being destroyed. Bulldozers, supported by 2500 riot police, armored vehicles, helicopters and drones, are rampaging through these forests, pastures and wetlands to crush the future we are building here on the to the zad (The zone à defendre).

See and read more here:
https://zadforever.blog/2018/04/11/a-call-for-intergalactic-solidarity-actions-everywhere-to-end-the-destruction-of-the-zad-of-notre-dame-des-landes/

oliver
2 weeks ago

This is very interesting and at the same time a bit bizarre. Who wants to see on the smart phone live stream of what is in our fridge?

To Invade Homes, Tech Is Trying to Get in Your Kitchen

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/25/technology/smart-homes-tech-kitchen.html

oliver
2 weeks, 6 days ago


Check out this link as it gives very helpful insight on what is all the data Facebook and Google have on you

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/28/all-the-data-facebook-google-has-on-you-privacy

renfah
2 weeks, 6 days ago
facebook stole my account 6 years ago - coz i got nearly 5000 followers - and they wanted my REAL NAME, not with me...cheers
oliver
2 weeks, 6 days ago
What do you mean, they "stole your account"?
oliver
3 weeks ago

This has been around for a while now, but media seems to be slowly reporting on this. It is one of the more fascinating social developments in our current world, one that - I think- will radically alter peoples autonomy. I have asked my Chinese students about this, - they did not know anything about this development.

http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-31/chinas-social-credit-system-punishes-untrustworthy-citizens/9596204?pfmredir=sm

oliver
1 month ago

The newest of the arguments that make the case we should be using independent and autonomous social networks like the one on memefest.org!


Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach

Whistleblower describes how firm linked to former Trump adviser Steve Bannon compiled user data to target American voters

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/17/cambridge-analytica-facebook-influence-us-election

oliver
2 months, 3 weeks ago

s2art
1 month, 1 week ago
Wonderful
oliver
1 month, 3 weeks ago

I remember Memefest 2014, here in Melbourne.
Our theme was Dialogue, more precisely "Radical Intimacies: Dialogue in our Times". Giving my lecture at the symposium I was explaining how much effort we were putting into programming and designing an autonomous online social network on memefest.org and how funny and sad it is that so many artists, activists etc. actually use pretty much exclusively Facebook to network and self promote. What we could observe back than was a strong indicator or what is happening now. Facebook is not a place for non profits, activists, artists groups, because our outreach is dictated by how much we are willing to pay. Not paying for our posts on FB simply means our reach will be super small, like 3 % of our following on a FB page. It is very important to understand this. Memefest is a free for all social network, no surveillance, no data mining, no advertising, no payment, and a community that is actually reading the posts, not just scanning and linking them. So lets keep on being active here and nurture this space, and make use of it!

s2art
1 month, 1 week ago
Hi Oliver, it was great meeting you yesterday at the book fair, the coincidence is too strong to ignore.
oliver
1 month, 1 week ago

We are inviting you to the book launch of Food Democracy by Oliver Vodeb, Saturday March 17h @ 2pm!

Called by the publisher Intellect books UK “A new type of academic book”, and by reviewers “a seminal text”, “urgent” and “extraordinary”, Food Democracy asks how to make socially responsive communication, design and art that counters the role of the food industry as a machine of consumption. More than four years in making and more than 200 people involved in this extradisciplinary research, Food Democracy by Oliver Vodeb is out now.


The beautifully designed full color book also includes for the first time a unique and delicious compilation of socially engaged cooking recipes by the academic, design, artist and activist community. Aiming not just to advance scholarship, but to push ahead real change in the world, Food Democracy is essential reading for scholars and citizens alike.


Melbourne Design Week 2018 is brought to you by the National Gallery of Victoria in partnership with Creative Victoria.


The book presentation will be followed by a discussion with Daryl Taylor and the audience


Link to NGV website: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/program/food-democracy-book-launch/

Link to book: http://memefest.org/en/fooddemocracy/


Book launch at:

Saturday March 17th
2pm–3pm
Testing Grounds
Booking is not required.
1-23 City Rd, Southbank, Melbourne

oliver
1 month, 4 weeks ago

This is a fantastic text on the state of today's universities:

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/whose-university-is-it-anyway/#!

oliver wrote new blogpost
2 months, 3 weeks ago

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

oliver
3 months, 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 months, 3 weeks ago
this is great stuff Oliver-
oliver
2 months, 3 weeks ago

No Alternative

How culture jamming was culture-jammed

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

oliver commented on Kath Wilson's blogpost New book out on DIY activism
3 months, 1 week 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
3 months, 1 week ago

New book out on DIY activism

oliver
4 months 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
4 months ago


“Weaponized Pleasure”

Douglas Rushkoff in conversation with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

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oliver
4 months ago
sorry, the embed code does not work here, check the next post above where I posted a direct URL link!
oliver
4 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
4 months, 1 week ago

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

h.watts
ABOUT ME

Username

h.watts


Name

Harriet Watts


Birth year

1987


Gender

female


Country

Australia


I have joined the Memfest community becasue i am interested in

how and where the creative industry and environmental activism connect and overlap. I'm interested in how to create change and shift culture towards sustainable ideals using holistic thinking. I'm also interesting in simple things like using waste to design and make products.


Faculty

Studied at UNSW Art + Design in Sydney, and now teaching there


Education

Conceptual and cross-disciplinary design (object and textiles)


Working place

The Fortynine Studio


Books I like

Some ultimate faves...
The Hidden Life of Trees - Peter Wohlleben
The Lacuna - Barbara Kingsolver
Look Who's Morphing - Tom Cho
Quiet - Susan Cain


COMRADES
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