Memefest Festival of Socially Responsive Communication and Art 2012: Debt (la dette, χρέος, dolg, задолженность, долг, debito, дълг, ŝuldo, חוב, schuld, deuda, borc …) :: Call for Submissions —
Deadline May 30.
Memefest, an international organization dedicated to promoting new,
productive and relevant forms of cultural activism, together with the
Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, this year
introduces the Memefest/ Griffith-QCA award for ‘Imaginative Critical
Intervention’. This award invites cultural
activists, creatives and thinkers from the productive margins of
professions, radical theorists, imaginative intellectuals and anyone who
is uncomfortable with the status quo and dreams of alternative futures
that are more satisfying, just, and sustainable, to submit projects for
peer feedback, broader dissemination, and a chance to work
collaboratively with other imaginative activists, artists, researchers
Debt! You can’t evict an idea whose time has come!
These words express the nature of the current global movement against
the rule of money over life. They belong to the people, the 99%, who
are bringing the fundamental urgent issues to the streets, into the
media, into the realm of public consciousness, into the schools,
universities, jobs, homes and intimate discussions and relationships.
These words also express something else. They speak about a state of
mind, a focus and a concise articulation of the problem. The idea whose
time has come is mainly about three things. First: 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. Second: dialogue. Third: creating new emancipatory social
If communication and art are to play a relevant role in shaping a
future worth having, we need to further redirect, reinvent and reimagine
our own understanding and the way we think, theorise and practice them
both. Debt is not only an opportunity to do so, but also an urgent
The Friendly Competition
Participants are invited to submit works three categories: critical
writing, visual communication practice and the participatory
art/communication category Beyond…
This year’s theme for Visual communication practice and Critical
writing is: DEBT. Participants will respond with their work to three
carefully chosen texts:
I. First written text is taken from the book Debt, the first 5000
years by American social anthropologist David Greaber in which he
explains the function of debt in human history, showing that the current
situation is not as natural at all as it seems to be.
II. Second visual text is taken from the documentary Debtocracy by
Katerina Kitidi and Aris Hatzistefanou, who together with economist
Samir Amin, philosopher Alain Badiou, sociologist and geographer David
Harvey and other guests research the reasons for the crisis in Greece,
while also showing how Latino American Ecuador stood up to the IMF and
refused to acknowledge legitimacy to their enforced slavery.
III. Third is the song No Banker Left Behind by American slide guitar
virtuoso, taken from his politically engaged and critically acclaimed
album Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down (2011).
While a lot of subversive writing, communication and art has emerged
which challenges the status quo using its own conventions, very few of
these initiatives have employed a mode of communication that is not
rooted in commercial culture itself.
The ‘Beyond…’ category hopes to bring out new visual and conceptual
forms of communication and art which catalyse social change while
engaging people as something more than mere consumers.
This category draws on the traditions of independent artistic
practice in that the entries will have no brief other than to identity
and radically address important issues on a deeply felt personal level.
However, we expect that, unlike most ‘museum’ art, it will generate
genuine participatory relations with its audience and be able to work
outside institutional sites and conventions. Participatory art and
communication is the core principle of what we are looking for at
More about Beyond… here.
The international editorial and curatorial board will select the most
convincing works. Among strong traditional awards, which you can see on
www.memefest.org, two new awards are introduced this year.
1) The first Griffith-QCA/ Memefest Award for Critical Imaginative
Critical Intervention. Best authors of all three categories (critical
writing, visual communication practice and Beyond…) will be invited to
Brisbane to take part in a special extradisciplinary workshop resulting
in a public intervention in the city of Brisbane.
2) Authors of best works in the category: critical writing will be
invited to publish their work in the academic peer reviewed journal Zoontechnica.
Deadline for your submissions is May 30th.
Participation is free of charge and there is no age limit or any other restriction. Your work can be submitted online.
See more about our Awards here:
More information on the whole Friendly competition: