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David Harvey -- The History of Neoliberalism

As a Sociologist I am happy to see that the big and most important body of the profession- The International Sociological Association is currently led by Michael Burawoy. He is engaged in a particular approach to sociology called "Public Sociology" which encourages the discipline to engage in "explicitly public and political ways with issues stimulated by debates over public policy, political activism, the purposes of social movements, and the institutions of civil society". (*)

The social engagement of our profession is to me connected with the notion of the "public intellectual" and of course takes from the critical thought of the Frankfurt School of Social Research. The public or the publics is what we lack, and although the public sphere is in this times facing constant structural changes, I believe that it is the double practice of current Occupy movements - physically creating publics and generating theory - that is articulating new and so much valid insight for the current debate around public communication.

It is at hand that Socially Responsive Communication comes from strongly related cultures. And I must say that Sociology for me personally was always "Public Sociology". The Frankfurt School and Public Sociology have always played an important role in our thought and practice. For many years we have been focusing on the professions of Design and Communication. Btw: recently we have responded to a new discussion here: http://tiny.cc/lwfz4. It is exactly Public Sociology that we are also bringing in to both fields.

It is a good feeling that Sociology is so strong in times when we need it the most. This is helping a lot and will for sure help more in the process we are engaged in: articulating and building a new profession of (public) communication and design.

Part of the current challenges of the ISA is of course to speak out in public. Because of this ISA has launched a series of video interviews with Scholars from around the world. We will post some of this videos here in the next weeks. Here we have the always fantastic David Harvey talking about the history of neoliberalism as part of the Berkley seminar on Global Sociology.


(*) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_sociology




Memefest with Occupy Brisbane: Socially responsive communication Workshop

MEMEFEST, in conjunction with OCCUPY BRISBANE and The Free University of (Occupied) Brisbane Presents:

Response-Ability, Socially Responsive Media and Communication Workshop

Participants will include members of the Brisbane Memefest Collective, members of Occupy Brisbane Media Working Group and other participants or supporters of Occupy Brisbane.

Place and time:

Brisbane City Council Library Community Meeting Room
9am-5pm on January 11.

The purpose of this workshop is to collectively analyse the past OB communication approaches and tools and discuss strategies and tactics that might be useful for OB in the future. Concepts, concrete ideas for communication tools should be discussed and worked on as well.

Discussion and creative process should include:

1. Internal communication of OB
How can OB use communication in order to organise and communicate as a group?

2. Media situation in Brisbane.
What are past media appearances and representations of OB in media? What is the image of OB that we would like to see? Discussion about OB public communication goals.

3. Media strategies.
How to approach/ work with media and journalists? What was done in the past, what are the problems and what the opportunities?

4. Public communication/intervention strategies.
Defining concrete goals- what and how to communicate, whom to address, which issues to open?

5. Designing the tools.
Words, Images, Processes, Technologies

ps: all are welcome. If you would like to propose things to this workshop agenda, feel free to do it.

Happy New Year 2012!

Just got an email with this wonderful Snowmen by the fantastic Milan Erič. His humor and playful work always make me happy. In the name of the whole Memefest collective I wish you all the best in the next year. Let's continue the good work.

Welcome to Pine Point!

Credited to Paul Shoebridge, Michael Simons and the National Film Board of Canada this is one of the most beautiful and strong pieces of interactive story telling I have seen and one of my favourite works submitted to Memefest.

In the authors words: "Imagine your hometown never changed. That no one ever grew old or moved on. Part book, part film, part family photo album, Welcome to Pine Point unearths a place frozen in time and discovers what happens when an entire community is erased from the map."

Visit the site: www.pinepoint.nfb.ca

I think this communication approach has great future and is really very important. However this level of sophistication is rare.

Here is a Openblog post from Frederic Dubois, who tells us more about the interactive documentary scene:


As you will see- visit the original page with the submited work and read author's commentes here:


- there is an agreement on what is the most important aspect of this medium: The Story comes First!

Merry Christmas to all!

Paper Sky

Next one on our Blogging TV - images from MemeTV -series. This one was submitted to our second festival in year 2003. Really nice. I wonder what the author - Marco Perugini is doing this days.

Pepper Spraying Cop Lt. John Pike

Few days ago, students in solidarity with the worldwide Occupy movement peacefully protested at University California Davis. What happened became news around the world. It showed the nature of a big part of the corporate University systen through the naked violence that was employed that very day on campus. It showed how far a University system can go to preserve it's corporate status quo. It showed how far this "educational" places are away from being educational. I had to look at the video several times to actually believe what I saw.

A few days later images with the cop that had pepper sprayed peaceful students in the face appeared on the internet and a new web site project dedicated to the cop went online.


Before browsing through the images have a look at the video above.
Here you can also get more context and sigh a petition against the head of UC Davis, who ordered the police in the first place.


Being an educator and working at a University my self I feel it is my and our responsibility to do whatever we can to preserve Universities as open, educational, dialogic, free and democratic spaces! It is up to all of us educators, researchers, students, administrators (!!) to make this our biggest priority in the future. If this will not be possible we will have to think more about alternatives. Without true educational spaces there is no future.

Memefest works for ten years as a alternative university. We have always also collaborated with established, formal Universities around the world. We have been able to change and influence quite a few things for the better, and we were able to learn a lot from fantastic people within Universities. But we need to do much more.

I also believe that there is a lesson to learn. I am worried that I was surprised and shocked when I saw the video. I should have known better.

Going back to the images circulating and being collected and published on the "pepper spraying cop" tumblr blog: iam interested on how do you read them. A critique? A joke? Art? Image activism? Virus? Does this have an effect and if yes, what is the effect of this...??


Here is the next video from this short curated blogging TV from MemeTV series.

It was produced by students of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana, as part of a nation wide campaign we did at Poper studio. http://poper.si/pozivlja/

The campaign was critiquing the Slovene involvement in the war in Afganistan..
You will see four figures, "Kurents" in the video. More about them here:






Oliver Vodeb






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 :





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:

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.


was studiing at Faculty for social sciences University of Ljubljana


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/

People I like

My dear family and my wonderful friends.