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oliver

DESIGNER   +   RESEARCHER   +   EDUCATOR   +   PHOTOGRAPHER   +   THEORIST   +   CREATIVE_DIRECTOR   +   OUTSIDE_OF_CLASIFICATIONS   +   INTERVENTIONIST

Deadline CLOSED! Exciting works from 26 Countries received!
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We are very excited to have received works from twenty six countries from all around the world to this years Friendly competition!!

This years theme LOVE:CONFLICT:IMAGINATION has triggered lot's of creative energy and work. Now the internal process begins: first we need to make sure all works are submitted properly. After that a short list will be curated which will go in the hands or Memefest Friendly competition curators and editors. They will take three weeks time to evaluation and best works will get special written feedback. This 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 three weeks time and given the preselection process all together will take a month of work.


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

We will let you know soon when submissions will be published online too.

Thanks to everyone who has submitted works. Its important! In this way you all are contributing to the process of research, theory and practice of socially responsive communication. Its crucial that we work together in developing communication approaches that go beyond the logic of commercial PR, advertising and the logic of the market.

More very soon.

Deadline for submissions is EXTENDED till January 25th!
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Hi Comrades. We are excited to say that we have received inspirational works from around the Globe. Some of them are just brilliant!
However, many requests arrived asking for extension of deadline. We are happy to listen to our community. So... we will wait for your wonderful works till JANUARY 25th!

If you have any questions regarding your submissions don't hesitate to ask!

We recommend also you read this blog post with some hints regarding your submission.

Good luck!

PS: here are again few hints for you when submitting:

1. Visual communications practice category:

http://www.memefest.org/en/competition/visualcommunicationpractice_2010outlines/

make sure you respond the the festival outline LOVE:CONFLICT:IMAGINATION

We need to be able to see the connection with the theme and your work. Also, take time when providing the written description of your work and explain the connections with the theme.

2. We would also like to stress that participation is open to everyone. There is no age limitation or any restriction. :)

3. Check out our radical and inspirational Awards here:

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

4. Submit your work via our submit application here:

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

Deadline for submissions JAN 20th is approaching fast!
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Few more days are left for you to finish your works and submit to our Friendly competition. As first works are coming in- we can say so far some fantastic works included- we want to give you a few hints.

1. Visual communications practice category:

http://www.memefest.org/en/competition/visualcommunicationpractice_2010outlines/

make sure you respond the the festival outline LOVE:CONFLICT:IMAGINATION

We need to be able to see the connection with the theme and your work. Also, take time when providing the written description of your work and explain the connections with the theme.

2. We would also like to stress that participation is open to everyone. There is no age limitation or any restriction. :)

3. Check out our radical and inspirational Awards here:

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

4. Submit your work via our submit application here:

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


We wish you good luck and are very much looking forward to see and read all your works. And...if you have any dilemmas or questions, don't hesitate to ask us. :)





Ten Commands for a Digital Age
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Memefest Awards- Mapping Socially Responsive Communication Workshop
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This might come as a surprise, but most of so called »socially engaged« communication is either not effective or even counterproductive. Why? The main reason is that such communication is conceived in the same way as marketing communication for a product or service. The difference is content, but the perspective from which such communication starts and the dynamics it produces in the public sphere are pretty much the same.

When it comes to visual communication, the ideological trap lies in the nature of the image as a cognitive product of our spectacle based culture. Communication is perceived on the level of the image surface. Extracted formal surface.

Social problems are treated as products and communications solution to this problems are treated as products as well. Most of this communication would officially fall under the umbrella term of »social marketing«. This means a specific perspective through the lens of the market is employed for solving social issues. But can we use the exclusive perspective of the market to solve social problems with communication?

Lets take this example. It tells us that French fries (or fast food) is bad for us. But people know that already very well. So…if they know it- why do they keep eating it? This is a simple but representative example of whats wrong with this picture. The problem is deeper. But the communication »solutions« suggests to stay on the surface.

There is hundreds of communication examples, designed on the same principles as our example here, which are awarded, praised and taught about and shown on conferences, festivals and at universities. Such communication work does not change anything, but it makes the impression that things are getting changed. It creates a surface image of change instead of real change through (visual) communication.

If communication should influence dominant memes, we should first think about reasons for certain behavioral and cognitive patterns. The reasons are complex and different. To some extent they are mainly ideological- and here we come to the next step of the problem. How can we as communicators together reflect on the dominant (market driven) ideology of communication if this is the DNA within most of the University communication and design programs, within the professional institutions such as advertising agencies and design studios? How can we practice communication that goes beyond the commercial perspective for social issues?

Memefest is researching this issues thoroughly for the past eight years. One of the most fascinating observations to me is that within the professional design and broader professional communications community this aspect of communication is almost completely ignored. A total blind spot. I can observe this among students, among designers- also (or especially) among design super stars and while co-directing my own communications studio i can see this type of perception regularly among clients.

So here is the idea:

AS PART OF THIS YEARS MEMEFEST AWARD, TWENTY CHOSEN AUTHORS OF BEST FESTIVAL SUBMISSIONS WILL BE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN A SPECIAL MEMEFEST-SOCIALLY RESPONSIVE COMMUNICATION WORKSHOP IN NIJMEGEN, NETHERLANDS IN JUNE 2011, IN COLLABORATION WITH ODDSTREAM FESTIVAL. ALL COSTS COVERED.

What we will try to do is to produce visual maps which will show the differences (and reasons for them) between Socially Responsive Communication and »social marketing«.

Workshop will be mentored by some of the best radical communicators in the world. We will also try to experiment with the workshop format and dynamics in order to make this the most productive, creative and satisfying experience possible.

How does this sound to you?

Let's see what will happen. Have a good new year, you take care!




Read more about Memefest awards:

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

Participate in Friendly competition and get a chance to be invited to the workshop:

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

Read more about this subject in our new book:

http://www.memefest.org/demonstratingrelevance/en/


Image taken from Design for Dissent (Glaser Milton & Ilić Mirko editors)







Memefest posters arround the World!
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UPDATE 13.1. 2011. Added are photos (last 4) from posters in Belgrade.

We are very excited to show you first photos from our posters in the streets of various Cities from around the World.

Following are Memefest LOVE:CONFLICT:IMAGINATION posters that are right now hanging in the streets of Brisbane, Belgrade and Rio de Janeiro. We will update this post with other places whenever we get new photos from other cities.

Isn't that beautiful??

The Warm Up
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It's getting serious folks. Time's running and deadline is fast approaching.
If you are already working hard on your submission work or are just about to start, it might be worth to have a look at this document. It's a good ethical framework to think about when conceptualizing your LOVE:CONFLICT:IMAGINATION creation.

People's Communication Charter is here: http://www.pccharter.net/charteren.html


outlines for critical writing are here:
http://www.memefest.org/en/competition/criticalwriting_2010outlines/

outlines for visual communication practice are here:
http://www.memefest.org/en/competition/visualcommunicationpractice_2010outlines/

oliver
ABOUT ME

Username

oliver


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.


COMRADES