Memefest on Food Democracy – how the tent embassy food program works

This years Memefest event will be held from November 4th to November 11th 2013 in Brisbane. We are very exited to announce that the project will be a special collaboration with the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy.

Investigating further the topic of Food Democracy, we will focus on the Embassy’s food program and create communication design/art that will through intervention in the city of Brisbane aim to support the Aboriginal Embassy’s efforts to distribute food among local deprivileged aboriginal (and other) communities as well as make the general Embassy’s voice more heard … READ MORE @

Monday Nov 410.00 Registration & Welcome to Country10.30 Introductions of participants

11.00 Food Democracy Lecture (speaker to be announced)

11.30 Radical research methodologies panel discussion (Zala Volcic (TBC), George Petelin, Jason Grant, Oliver Vodeb)

12.30 Lunch

1.30 A look in to last years Memefest Brisbane workshop/intervention

2.00 Bil Platz Lecture: Zombie culture in protest and activism

2.45 George Petelin Lecture: Problems with Food: Production, Distribution, Mediation, Consumption

3.30-3.45 Break

3.45- 5.30 Group discussions

5.30-6.00 Break

6.00 Design Exhibition

Tuesday Nov 5

Recipients of the Memefest/QCA 2013 Award for Imaginative Critical Intervention presentations

9.30 Mariano Mussi
10.00 Miha Mazzini and Marko Plahuta
10.30 Mohammad Naser

11.00 Lecture: Food Connect (To be confirmed)

11.45 Break

12.30 Lecture/Presentation Aboriginal Culture, the Sovereign Embassy & Food Distribution: Wayne Wharton, Karen Fusi

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Mark Andrejevic Lecture (Title to be announced)

14.45 Alana Hunt Lecture: “Don’t expect a thank you, and other myths and misfits of the outback”
On Aboriginal Art and Intercultural communication/relations/problems

15.30 Eugenio Tiselli Skype Presentation (from Kigali, Rwanda): ojoVoz project/ICT and Agriculture

16.15 Oliver Vodeb Lecture: (title to be announced)
17.00 Break

cca 18h Evening and dinner at the Woolongabba art gallery

Wednesday November 6th

9.30 Presentation of works related to Aboriginal culture and/or Food democracy: QCA academics and students:

9.30 Bianca Beetson
9.50 Susan Ostling
10.10 Bob Mercer

10.30 Oscar Waugh
10.50 Thomas Roohan
11.10 Sophie Van der Drift

11.30 Break

11.45 Presentation of the Aboriginal Sovereignty Manifesto

12.45-13.30 Lunch

13.30 Workshop in groups

18.00 Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy meeting in Musgrave Park

19.30 Drinks in West End

Thursday November 7th

10.00 Presentation of the Australian Photo Journalist publication: Food Issue

11.00 Workshops

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Critiques on workshop process including Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy members

14.30 Workshops

17.00 Movies on Indigenous Culture and Food Issues

18.00 Evening: Free

Friday November 8th

Invitation to intervene:
9.30 Bill Platz presentation of Propaganda Course (TBC)
10.00 Alan Hill presentation of PhD research project (TBC)

10.30 “How much for very little? Cooking on a below the poverty line budget” lunch Cooking session at QCA Kitchen (chosen members of the groups cook, the rest continues to work)

12.30 Lunch at QCA

13.30 Workshop

18.00 Free evening

Saturday November 9th

11.00 Workshop /production of media

13.00 Lunch
14.00 Workshop /production of media

19.00 Party at Bob’s

Sunday November 10th

Intervention/Documentation (groups do the intervention according to the developed strategies)

Saturday November 11th

Morning: if necessary still intervention
11.30 Critique/Discussion of results with Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy, planning for future collaboration

14.00 Boondal Bush Tucker Guided Tour

17.00 Picnic in the park

One thought on “Memefest on Food Democracy – how the tent embassy food program works

  1. [Editor’s Note: I have highlighted in bold a couple of interesting workshops on at Memefest is hosting a workshop/seminar that aims to research FOOD DEMOCRACY in relation to current Brisbane. The whole event will focus on the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy and its radical food program. on this week beginning Monday 4th Nov 2013]
    The Event takes place at the Queensland College of Art.
    Building: Webb Centre: Level 4 (Design Department) Rooms 4.35 and 4.36
    Update of program

    TUESDAY Nov 5
    12.30 Lecture/Presentation Aboriginal Culture, the Sovereign Embassy & Food Distribution: Wayne Wharton, Karen Fusi

    13.30 Lunch

    14.00 Dr Mark Andrejevic- UQ, Lecture “Curtailing Surveillance: Ag-Gag Laws and Activism”

    14.45 Alana Hunt Lecture: “Don’t expect a thank you, and other myths and misfits of the outback”


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