[spectre] MEMEFEST 2004 - the international festival of radical communication

alain bieber I rebel:art alainbieber at yahoo.de
Tue Jan 6 21:32:47 CET 2004

Memefest, the international festival of radical
communications, invites undergraduate and graduate
students in communications studies and sociology to
look back to the dawn of the Information Age and
respond to the 1993 article, "Cyberwar is Coming."

Penned by John Arquilla and David Ronfeldt for the
RAND Corporation, this eerilyprophetic essay made
predictions about how information would be used to
sway public opinion, pressure governments and
corporations, and even wage war.

Memefest is looking for "Ten Years Later" articles
that address Arquila and Ronfeldt's predictions and
look at how concepts such as Netwar and Cyberwar have
manifested politically and culturally. Entries will be
judged by an international jury and the best articles
will be awarded with the Award of excellency.

For details and competition guidelines, check out the
Memefest website:


Coming in February

Memefest will introduce its jury for the 2004
competition and announce competition guidelines for
the visual communications category and the non-student
"Beyond..." category.



"Memes" are contagious ideas that propagate through
the media and face-to-face contact, and Memefest is an
annual critique, investigation and celebration of
their role in our society. 

As a festival of radical communication, Memefest
serves as a year-round forum for the discussion of
progressive communications strategies for our
increasingly commercialized society. Each spring, the
festival’s competition opens to students and
practitioners of design, art, communications studies
and sociology. 

Participants are invited to use their skills and
talents to create and spread some memes of their own
and that way bring some balance into a brand-crazy
world. Last year, Memefest welcomed 250 participants
from 26 countries. Their works ranged from multimedia
projects to academic articles, from poster designs to
opinion essays.

Submissions are evaluated by an international jury
composed of distinguished professors and artists as
well as professionals from the spheres of journalism,
design, advertising and social marketing. The best
entries in each category are awarded with the Award of

Memefest is based in Slovenia with support and input
from Germany and Canada. Now in its third year,
Memefest is continuing its mission to nurture the best
in radical communications by seeking out the most
creative, innovative and effective communication


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