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Memefest 2014: Die Gewinner

Cleber Rafael de Campos: “I have NOT read and agree to the terms of use”. “Despite the internet is a place for freedom of speech and participatory culture, most of our time online is passed inside the walled gardens of social networks. In my project I meant to show that you are just as free online according to the corporations rules you network with. It’s a newspaper that has the aim to make explicit the content inside top 6 social network’s terms of use.”

Jasna Jernejšek: “Barbie World is Beautiful”. “Barbie World is Beautiful is a parodic photographic series in which I transfer the everyday, often stereotyped, life situations into idealized environments of the Barbie world.”

Daniele Torcellini: “Selfie”. “The images are digital collages where the heads of famous painters have been cut from their self-portraits and pasted over the bodies of celebrities or common people who took selfie.”

Berrak Eyiceoglu: “Earth Table”. “This project is inspired by a series of collective dining events, which was organised by an activist group called “Anti-capitalist Muslims” from Turkey, happened during the riots in Istanbul 2013. The event was a reaction against the wild-capitalist and discriminatory politics of the current pro-Islamist government via public space interventions. The idea was simple: They organised Iftar meals (the evening meal during Ramadan) at Taksim square that the participants sit on the bare ground, bring some simple home-cooked meal and share it with anonymous people.”

Julien Boisvert: “Sponsor a Wealthy Child”. “SaWC is a transmedia game that upends the logic of aid. Families from the South come to the rescue of Western children suffering from “relational poverty”. Three infomercials tell the stories of these children “in need” by copying the aesthetic used by NGOs. An interactive platform allows users from the South and from the West to be paired.”

Ren Fah / Anna Mitterer: “The Lament Chorus”. A performance by the Artgroup ­Dithyrimbaud. It should take place as an intervention in different public locations (topi). The Lament translates feelings of pain, loss and mourning, that especially in former Yugoslavia follow the traces of violence and forced separation. This intervention tries to find those places, where the inscribed history of the public places, during the forced separation, surfaces.”

Christian Zöllner, Sebastian Piatza, Julian Adenauer: “Ready to Cloud”. “Imagine! Teleportation as we all know from Star Trek can be possible! Or even nearly. With the Ready to Cloud project we propose a first trial on simulating a teleportation system within the possibilites of off the shelf materials.”

Matt Kulesza: “1000+ Coffees“. “I plan to have a one-on-one coffee with every single one of my 1000+ Facebook “friends” over the space of the next three years, or as long as it takes to complete.”

Und hier sind sie: Die Gewinner des diesjährigen MEMEFEST-Festivals – wieder einmal eine wahre Schatzkammer an großartigen, politischen und subversiven Projekten aus den Bereichen Kunst, Design und Technik. “Dialogue is tirelessly presented as ‘the’ solution to the problems of ‘our’ times – in art, war, love, democracy and even in the workplace. In fact, dialogue has been central to the ethos of Memefest since its inception back in 2002. But what if dialogue is not working? We were convinced that an urgent fresh look, an updated reflection on the current states of dialogue in an increasingly anti- dialogic culture is very necessary. Curated by Alana Hunt and Oliver Vodeb, RADICAL INTIMACIES: DIALOGUE IN OUR TIMES was the theme of this year’s Memefest. We were trying to ask a difficult question in order to honestly explore all the complicated failures and the hopeful potentialities that feed our faith in dialogue – politically, creatively, laboriously and intimately. People from 26 Countries around the world have responded to our call and have been working on many of the challenging aspects of Dialogue. More than 250 works in the categories Visual communication practice, Critical writing and participatory art have been submitted to this years Friendly Competition.” Und hier gibt´s alle ausgewählten Arbeiten zu sehen.


MEMEFEST, das “international festival of socially responsive communication and art”, sucht Beiträge zum diesjährigen Thema (Deadline 20. September!): “Radical Intimacies: Dialogue in our times“. “Dialogue is the crucial form of communication. It makes us able to communicate beyond differences and create common worlds. It puts the individual as well as the community in the centre of attention. Dialogue is now important more than ever. But what has became of dialogue today? What influences most of the intimacy we are capable to create? What if we are witnessing a new phase of communication? And what if we could re-think how to approach dialogue today, with all it’s difficulties and potentials because we still think that dialogue is the crucial form of communication and we still believe in its unmatched potential? How can we than design dialogue that would work? Dialogue is tirelessly presented as ‘the’ solution to the problems of ‘our’ times – in art, war, love, democracy and even in the workplace. In fact, dialogue has been central to the ethos of Memefest since its inception back in 2002. But what if dialogue is not working? RADICAL INTIMACIES: DIALOGUE IN OUR TIMES is the theme of this year’s Memefest. We’re trying to ask a dfficult question in order to honestly explore all the complicated failures and the hopeful potentialities that feed our faith in dialogue – politically, creatively, laboriously and intimately. Respond to this proposition in the Memefest 2014 Friendly Competition.” Via: Mail

Buchtipp! Oliver Vodeb & Nikola Janović: “InDEBTed TO INTERVENE, Critical Lessons in Debt, Communication, Art and Theoretical Practice”

Unsere langjährigen Freunde von MEMEFEST haben ein neues Buch herausgebracht: “InDEBTed TO INTERVENE, Critical Lessons in Debt, Communication, Art and Theoretical Practice”. 224 Seiten, Octivium Press, ISBN: 978-1-922216-26-7, Preis 19 Euro + Versand. Ein absolut lesenswerter neuer Theorieband – hier ein Überblick über den Inhalt, und hier das Vorwort:

“You cannot evict an idea whose time has come! These words express the nature of the global movement against the rule of money over life. They belong to the people, the 99 percent, who are bringing fundamental, urgent issues to the street, into the media and the realm of public consciousness, into schools, universities, jobs, homes, and into intimate discussions and relationships. These words also express something else. They articulate a state of mind, a focus, and a concise articulation of the problem. The idea whose time has come is mainly about three things: inciting interventions that create a rupture in the order of things with the goal to redefine our fields of experience and the relationship between being, doing, and saying; encouraging dialogue; and creating new, emancipatory social institutions.
(weiterlesen …)

MEMEFEST 2013: “Food Democracy”! JETZT mitmachen!

Und es gibt auch wieder ein MEMEFEST in diesem Jahr! Das Thema ist diesmal: “Food Democracy!” “The friendly competition has three main divisions: Visual communication practice, Critical writing and Beyond…. It is open to anyone who wants to participate. Any artist, activist, writer, designer, malcontent, educator or media manipulator can enter. There is no age restriction. The only limit is your creativity and imagination. Visual communication practice and Critical writing are conceptualized around the same theme. This years theme is: FOOD DEMOCRACY.” Und es gibt einen Spezialpreis für “Imaginative Critical Intervention” – und die Gewinner bekommen einen Trip nach Australien, an das Queensland College of Arts. Also jetzt hier teilnehmen

Memefest 2012: Die Gewinner!

Vladimir Turner: “Save it for a rainy day” (Wonderland Series), 2012

“Here they are – the results from our Friendly competition 2012! The submitted projects from 35 Countries were thoroughly reviewed in two rounds. First, the shortlist was curated by Oliver Vodeb. Than by our carefully chosen curators and editors composed of distinguished educators, artists, media activists, researchers, theoreticians and professionals from the spheres of social theory and humanities, design, arts and social communication. Each member of our editorial and curatorial board selected seven works in the categories Visual communication practice and Beyond… and five in the category Critical writing and gave profound feedback in written form.”

Und sonst so? : 19. 04. 2012

Foto: Newsha Tavakolian, “Listen”

* Themenabend: “Kunst im öffentlichen Raum – Bedeutung, Ziele und Chancen“ mit einer Präsentation von „Performance Electrics“, einem Kunststrom-Unternehmen von Pablo Wendel und einer daran anschließenden Podiumsdiskussion; Donnerstag, 19. April 2012, 17 Uhr, Haus der Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg

* Participate now: MEMEFEST 2012! “Each year, Memefest singles out a text and/or image that serves as a focal point for a critical take on the current media and communication environment. This years theme is DEBT. See here for the outlines. Deadline for your submissions is May 20th. Participation is free of charge and there is no age limit or any other restriction.”

* Buchtipp: “Kunst, Krise, Subversion. Zur Politik der Ästhetik.” (Nina Bandi, Michael G. Kraft, Sebastian Lasinger; 29,80 Euro, Transcript Verlag)

* Gaming-Tipp: “Phonestory” von Molleindustria. “Phone Story is an educational game about the dark side of your favorite smart phone. Follow your phone’s journey around the world and fight the market forces in a spiral of planned obsolescence.” Via

* Video-Tipp: Der “Brimboria Kongress 2010 – Die subversive Strategie des Fake” (ihr erinnert Euch!) hat nun endlich alle Videos hochgeladen.

Memefest-Workshop: Mapping socially responsive communication

Oliver hat ein umfangreiches Update zum Memefest-Workshop in Nijmegen gepostet: Noch viel mehr Bilder, ein erstes Feedback und auch die fünf Karten – die Ergebnisse des Mapping-Workshops zum Thema “Social Responsive Communication” (PDF). Sobald es die Karten in PDF-Form gibt, werde ich diesen Beitrag aktualieren. “There is a strong interest in different communication practices. This can be observed on industry, university and civil society levels. The problem however is that there are almost non existing alternatives. With this i don’t mean that such practices don’t exist- although there are not many, they do, but that frameworks for recognition, articulation, comparison and imagination are yet to be designed in a manner that will help to foster wider understanding of different communication logic. And this is why we wanted work on maps. The idea was to create tools, tactical media, educational tools that would help put some light on this invisible dimensions. The differences between marketing based communication, especially social marketing to socially responsive communication have to be made visible. This is the first step for a wider change of communication practice. This maps, this tools can be used in many different contexts. In the school, with clients of different kinds, with activist communities that employ communication to achieve certain goals. The idea was to create a dynamic of productive conflict. Bring together more than twenty dedicated communicators: thinkers, educators, designers, artists, activists, students, researchers, professionals- with different social, cultural, knowledge backgrounds and facilitate a mentored process that would be experimental, informal but focused on concrete results. Workshop participants: Mathieu Tremblin, Monika Klobčar, Alana Hunt, Jody Joanna Boehnert, Sarah Dugan, Simon Perčič, Anja Groten, Janneke de Rooij, Lenka Klimešová, Kima Toromajyan, Giada Totaro, John Jordan, Vladimir Turner, Manal Al Mahmood, Arwa Ramadan, Scott Townsend, Teja Kaštrun were chosen among those whose works have been curated and edited at this years friendly competition. Mentors: Alain Bieber, Jason Grant, Tony Credeland, Shoaib Ahmad, Sandy Kaltenborn, my self and co-mentors Paulo Hartmann, Kevin Yuen-Kit Lo, Ines Nin, Frederic Dobuis are long term Memefest collaborators, communication experts with integrity and friends.” Via: Mail

Inspiration Day for Art and Communication / Oddstream Festival Nijmegen

Musik (Chicks on Speed, Alec Empire, T. Raumschmiere, zZz etc.), Medienkunst und die volle Dröhnung Inspiration. Am 2. Juni beginnt das Oddstream Festival in Nijmegen, und am 3. Juni findet der “Inspiration Day for Art and Communication” statt – u.a. mit diesem Programm:

10.00-10.10: Welcome speech from chairman Oliver Vodeb/Memefest
10.15-10.45: Jason Grant is director of graphic design studio Inkahoots that hustles for social change as a visually adventurous graphic design practice. Jason has studied Fine Art and Design, and taught Typography, Design and Art Theory. He speaks at numerous national and international design conferences and universities. Lecture: “Design is Dialogue”
11.00-11.30: Sandy Kaltenborn is graphic designer and owner of studio Image-Shift that works primarily in social, political and cultural context. He studied Graphic Arts in the USA and later Communication Design in Berlin. Lecture: “Design is not enough; visual communication and other misunderstandings.”
12.00-12.30: Alain Bieber studied Rhetorics, Sociology, Literature and Political Science in Tübingen and Paris. He works as a art critic, blogger, project manager and curator in Strasbourg. In 2004 he founded REBEL:ART, a platform for art, culture and politics. Lecture: “Art and Agenda; towards a new artistic and political discourse.”
12.45-13.15: Paulo Hartmann is a multi-skilled designer, artist, musician and independent researcher, graduated in Marketing and Advertising. He is creator and organizer of Mobilefest, an international festival for mobile creativity. He aims to connect art and music with new technologies and communication. Lecture: “Brazil collectives scene: from unplugged to hyper-connected. A temp cartography of urban interventions and performances towards reconquest public space and life.”
14.15-14.45: Tony Credland is organizer of the mail-art magazine Cactus Network. He graduated from Portsmouth University and later studied at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. He works as a print-based graphic designer and is teaching the MA in Graphic Design at Londen College of Communication. Lecture: “Networks of Autonomy; opening up spaces for critical engagement.”
15.00-15.30: Shoaib Nabi is Associate Professor of Design at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, where he teaches students how to develop original and creative concepts and solutions and supports open communication and exchange of ideas. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and worked for Microsoft as a Multimedia Graphic Designer. Lecture: “The emerging realities of Middle-East and South-East Asia; how knowledge does not need to be disseminated in a particular way.”
15.45-16.00: Closing speech from chairman Oliver Vodeb

MEMEFEST 2011: And the winners are…

SMSlingshot” von vrurban: “As a follow-up of the spreadgun performance in 2008, SMSlingshot is an extension of VR/Urban’s digital intervention activism. The installation features a handheld digital slingshot device for spreading information on public screens.”. Feedback: “Our ultimate goal is nothing short of a personal and singular Billboard for each citizen. Until that glorious day for global communications when every man, woman and child can scream at or sing to the world in 100Pt. type from their very own rooftop; until that day we will continue to do all in our power to encourage the masses to use any means possible to commandeer the existing media and to alter it to their own design”, wrote the Billboard Liberation Front in their Manifesto a long time ago. Its great to see the idea of screaming your message in 100Pt. realized with modern technologies. And i really love the symbol of a sling shot – David killed Goliath with a sling shot and a sling shot is also the weapon of a “naughty boy”. The only disadvantage is that “SMSlingshot” needs a lot of heavy equipment to work: projector, laptop, modem. As an installation work in a gallery space (or in front of a gallery) for media art its the perfect interactive and fun work – but as a real weapon for urban warfare is more or less useless. For me the perfect item would be a sort of “sling shot” that everybody can put on their mobiles (mobile laser to project SMS) and use it without extra-tech-knowledge or extra-hardware. But nevertheless: The idea is fantastic! And i could image nice “SMS Shots” during political speeches and demonstrations – like Julius von Bismarck did with his “Image Fulgurator“.

UFF von Vladimir Turner: “Through little, or even naïve, interventions we intend to show that the city belongs to us! We see our role in the society as studying its system and interacting with it. We, deliberately, haven’t chosen a radical form of confrontation with the System as a mode of our expression, instead we’ve opted for a game, a game with it and with you. UFF is a form of geocaching, nevertheless, it attempts a two-fold intervention to the public space. Game, as a vehicle for discovery and learning and as a creative approach to problems and questions, stands for us against brainless consumption and idleness!” Feedback: “The contemporary (post-) graffiti artist is a 24/7 Homo Ludens”, wrote art historian Tineke Reijnders. “Not planning to bring down the ruling powers and hardly interested in unadulterated political activism, he engages in his artistic play. High and challenging, in the urban arena. He is a solo performer.” UFF is game theory, Derive, Situationist International, Street Art, Guerilla Performance, intervention in public space – and tries to achieve the best thing an artwork can achieve: To change everyday life into art! Beeing a “homo ludens” is also my ideal idea of man – great work and it needs to be re-done, everyday in every city!”

Radical ATM Service” von Iván Kozenitzky und Federico Lazcano: “Radical ATM is not only a work of electronic art, but is also a music jukebox, a radical games console, a political propaganda display, an alternative mass communication media, an experiment on ICTs appropriation, an open source and open hardware machine, an activist installation to change the world. Radical ATM Service offers awareness-raising for the mass of consumers.” Feedback: “This work is just amazing – it’s an A+ for me, nothing more to say! I even had the pleasure to discover it at the Subversiv Messe 2009 in Linz. I tried it and even if I knew the ATM machine was fake (because it was inside the exhibition) – i felt in love with it. I think i loved it because it’s a humorous action – but also an intelligent one with a big shock moment. When your debit card get hijacked you don’t know what will really happen… The machine is playing games, music etc. – but your card could get really manipulated. I think for a lot of people it’s like the “Joker” – the evil laughing face. I love the symbolic of a “radical” ATM machine, an ATM machine that is not giving money but doing other things with you and it even can easily be updated (with new games, new music, new messages etc.) It’s an amazing project I really would like to see it spreading all over the world!”

panoptICONS” von Thomas voor ‘t Hekke & Bas van Oerle: “The goal in making our panoptICONS project was to create more awareness about the presence of surveillance cameras in public space. We feel people accept camerasurveillance too easily, because while they may ‘know’ in an abstract way that there are cameras, they don’t actually ‘feel’ the fact that they are constantly being watched.”

Liberate Tate: Collected Works 2010“: “In seeking to provoke the art world to go “Beyond…” Oil we use visual art and theatrical concepts to communicate an insitutional and corporate reality and point to alternative ways to experience art (and life) unpolluted – beyond enforced consumption of art and sponsorship by Big Oil in public insitutions.” Feedback: “Liberate Tate is a collective effort that has charmed me on the basis of its a) collective nature b) “professionalism” in the execution of actions c) very creative criticism and d) the strong social impact. The conceptual effort on Liberate Tate is quite high. All the social interventions are well-rounded works of art. They are well thought through and executed in a rapid manner, leaving the museum visitor to wonder whether this is an artsy performance or a radical activist event… or both. The concept behind Liberate Tate, moving between spheres of intervention (activism vs art), anchors the project as a refreshing way to voice protest. (Frédéric Dubois)”

Alle weiteren Arbeiten aus der Beyond-Kategorie gibt es hier. Alle Gewinner der Kategorie “Static” gibt es hier (unten noch ein paar gelungene Beispiele), die Gewinner der Kategorie “Moving” hier, Web/Interactive hier und “Critical Writing” hier.

Alana Hunt: “This was a lo-fi tactical media project, that responded to the Indian state’s ban of pre-paid phone connections with a specially designed and accessible 4x4inch piece of card, otherwise know as a paper txt msg. As a form of tactical media the paper txt msgs functioned as an imaginative, symbolic and functional gesture that highlighted, with a tongue-in-cheek absurdity, what is otherwise a very tragic conflict. While 1000 paper txt msgs were printed and distributed, a pdf also circulated online that allowed people to print out and distribute the paper txt msgs independently.”

Maja Medic: “The basic foundation for a social network is its infrastructure, a decentralized system, a promise of equality and participation. What happens when the clean idea becomes reality, in all its actualities?”

Monika Klobcar: “On the streets in the cities Manufacturing labels in the form of hearts, posted on the street, illustrate human steps which lead us around the bend (or any other obstacle which distorts the view), to a certain unexpected goal (outflows on the road).”

Mathieu Tremblin: “Tag Clouds principle is to replace the all-over of graffiti calligraphy by readable translations like the clouds of keywords which can be found on the Internet. It shows the analogy between physical tag and virtual tag, both in the form (tagged walls compositions look the same as tag clouds), and in substance (like keywords which are markers of net surfing, graffiti are markers of urban drifting).”

Save the date: Oddstream Festival – 31.5 bis 5.6, Nijmegen, NL

Nijmegen in den Niederlanden? Bis vor kurzem hatte ich auch noch nie von dieser Stadt und diesem Festival gehört. Aber Oliver von Memefest hat mir davon erzählt und mich eingeladen und ja, es soll richtig genial werden und deshalb hänge ich bald ein paar Tage in Nijmegen ab. Zum Hintergrund: Oddstream ist ein “festival for participation, communication and multimedia” und Memefest, das “international festival for radical communication”, wird dort die Gewinner des Beyond-Awards (bei der ich Co-Kurator bin) vorstellen und einen Workshop organisieren, bei dem es darum geht: “Mapping possibilities of socially responsive communication and the difference between such communications to (social) marketing.” Außerdem gibt es Vorträge, Filme, eine Ausstellung und eine großen Musikprogramm, u.a. mit zZz, Alec Empire, T.Raumschmiere, Chicks on Speed. Also: Wir sehen uns Anfang Juni in Nijmegen!