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Food Democracy Critical Lessons in Food, Communication, Design and Art by Oliver Vodeb

Food Democracy Critical Lessons in Food, Communication, Design and Art


Food Democracy Critical Lessons in Food, Communication, Design and Art by Oliver Vodeb

In a world where privatization and capitalism dominate the global economy, the essays in this book ask how to make socially responsive communication, design, and art that counters the role of the food industry as a machine of consumption. Food Democracy brings together contributions from leading international scholars and activists, critical case studies of emancipatory food practices, and reflections on possible models for responsive communication, design, and art. A section of visual communication works, creative writings, and accounts of participatory art for social and environmental change, which were curated by the Memefest Festival of Socially Responsive Communication and Art on the theme of Food Democracy, are also included here. The beautifully designed book also includes a unique and delicious compilation of socially engaged recipes by the academic and activist community.


In this compelling collection, Memefest contributors remind us why food lies at the heart of contemporary political struggle. The single most damning truth about contemporary global society is that people continue to starve on a planet that produces enough food to nourish its entire population. This tragedy results from the use of food as a medium of control and a source of profit. The essays in this collection provide a crucial source for developing the tools and practices to support sustainable democracy in a time of global instability. Now more than ever we need the Memefest organization's prescient blend of theory and practice, aesthetics and politics. --Mark Andrejevic, Monash University, Pomona College What can tactical sustenance be in a world where hunger is a part and parcel of our current strategic market systems and governance that function to maintain 'food insecurity
on a global scale. Food Democracy is a direct response to navigating this Meat

-Market-State by focusing on community research initiatives and artist practices of avant-gardening and beyond that can help us re-configure how our food is designed, how our food is sold, and who has access to food. This book is not just about what the problems are - but what can we do about it. --Ricardo Dominguez, Electronic Disturbance Theater This extraordinary new book challenges us to reclaim the role of design and public communication in imagining a democratic future of food. By recognizing that representation, as well as production, distribution and consumption, is a key element in the way the global food system works, this book shows that design is crucial to determine how we think about food. As an answer to this, Oliver Vodeb has curated an inspiring collection of examples of alternative food design bringing together activists, cultural producers and academics and in the process has redefined what food design may mean. --Ilaria Vanni, University of Technology Sydney The most effective step you can take to save the world, and yourself, is to change the way you eat. The food industry is responsible for more health problems, environmental damage, and social strife than any other. By choosing what to put in our mouths, we can heal ourselves, save the topsoil, feed the hungry, and overturn neoliberalism. Food Democracy shows the many easy, powerful, and delicious ways to achieve a sustainable future. We are what you eat. --Douglas Rushkoff, author, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus

About the Author

Oliver Vodeb is a researcher and lecturer in the school of Design at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. He is also director, editor, and curator of Memefest Festival of Socially Responsive Communication and Art.

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Publication date

11th August 2017


Oliver Vodeb

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Intellect Books


500 pages


Theory of art
Food & society
General cookery & recipes
Pressure groups & lobbying



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