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SECOND MEMEFEST/ QCA AWARD FOR IMAGINATIVE CRITICAL INTERVENTION

Three more weeks to go. Our deadline to submit to the Friendly competition is May 20th. (Ps: Deadline is extended to May 31!) As it goes with competitions - the question of awards arises. Memefest is here pretty special. In the past twelve years, since we started we have developed a unique approach to the competition. On that is participatory, public, collaborative, dialogic and research driven. One that is more formative than selective. Through this we change the very logic of the game.

This post on Awards is about your chance to get invited to a very special event, designed as a research seminar/conference- workshop- public intervention in Brisbane Australia. Pretty exciting stuff!!

The award for Imaginative Critical Intervention is given in collaboration with the Queensland College of Arts/ Griffith University and is part of our new artist/designer-communicator/theorist in residence program that was started last year. We will fly one author of a chosen project in each category (Visual communication practice, Beyond..., Critical writing) to Brisbane, Australia.

The Award promotes excellence in design/communication for social and environmental change and connects Memefest's philosophy with the philosophy of the Design Futures program at QCA.

The award for Imaginative Critical Intervention is given to support critical thinking, as the ability to see situations as they are and imagine them differently in a way that can emancipate and lead to transformation through intervention. Such interventions can be many things. They create a rupture in the order of things with the goal to redefine our relationships between being, doing and saying and our fields of experience. Such interventions conditioned by critical thinking are tightly connected to the principle of response-ability, which is an active position of engagement and the quality to transformatively act in situations, insisting that what matters are the human implications and not only the market implications of situations.

The main reason for Memefest’s collaboration with QCA are its progressive forces and the launch of the ambitious Design Futures program (www.designfutures.com.au), which in many ways shares common philosophical frameworks in theory and practice with Memefest. Design Futures is the first program that attempts to implement a radical and therefore productive critique of the design profession within a whole university department. It's pedagogy and research aim to be tightly connected with the strong traditions of critical thought. Usually (if at all) such critical attempts are being made on a much smaller scale. In any case they are extremely rare. Memefest has from its start- ten years ago- collaborated with universities from around the world and has contributed to inner institutional change. To contribute to developments, which have been so far developed mainly outside institutional contexts is really exciting as they are a historic opportunity.

Besides for design/communication, the award is also given for artistic practices. The special category Beyond... encourages participatory art that works towards social change. Here the link: http://www.memefest.org/en/competition/beyond_intro/

And of course, the category Critical writing focuses on essays or theoretical work, that reflects on this years theme FOOD DEMOCRACY. Link here: http://tinyurl.com/dxqhn97


If awarded, you will be able to participate in a special workshop for extradisciplinary investigation at the Queensland College of Art. You will be invited to collaborate with some of the best hearts and minds in communication/design/art: theory/practice on a project that will result in a public intervention in the city of Brisvegas.

Have a look at last years awarded works here: http://tinyurl.com/brv62zw

See what happened at the last Memefest event in Brisbane here: http://tinyurl.com/cs9yo3z

So, good luck. Your submission is important as it is also a contribution to the international discussion and to the research process on socially responsive communication and art. We are very much looking forward to it!


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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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