Indebted to Intervene (Book)

Critical Lessons in Debt, Communication, Art, and Theoretical Practice

Edited by Oliver Vodeb

As governments and individuals struggle with growing indebtedness, the topic of debt itself – what it is, what it means, and how we understand it – has never been more salient. This collection brings together a range of contributions from many disciplines and around the world to consider debt through various lenses, including design, art, technology, political economy, social justice, surveillance, protest, education, urban and virtual spaces, and more. 

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As governments and individuals struggle with growing indebtedness, the topic of debt itself – what it is, what it means, and how we understand it – has never been more salient. This collection brings together a range of contributions from many disciplines and around the world to consider debt through various lenses, including design, art, technology, political economy, social justice, surveillance, protest, education, urban and virtual spaces, and more. Aiming not just to advance scholarship, but to push ahead real change in the world, the book offers not only analytical insights and conceptual apparatuses, but practical tools and radical inspirations as well. A powerful analysis of a concept that has become ever more central to everyday society, InDEBTed to Intervene will be essential reading for scholars and citizens alike.

Oliver Vodeb is a researcher and lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology and the founder, principal curator, and editor of the Memefest Festival of Socially Responsive Communication and Art.

Intro - Oliver Vodeb, Nikola Janović Kolenc

Debt as a Mode of Governance - Nikola Janović Kolenc

Indebted Interaction: The Wages of the Digital Economy - Mark Andrejevic

From the Fetish Character of Commodity to the Fetish of Interest-Bearing Capital - Sašo Furlan

Cyber-Debt, Barter, and Gift Economies - George Petelin

Overcoming the Fear of Exercising Our True Desires - Nenad Jelesijević

Debt in the American Economy: Busted Bubbles and Booming Inequality - Daniel Marcus

Debt and Public Communication: Towards an Interspatial Counterpractice - Oliver Vodeb

Type Illustrations – Ben Mangan

DEBT Friendly Competition 2012

In Search of Extradisciplinary Dialogue and Intervention: Debt and Brisbane - Oliver Vodeb

IN MEMORIAM: Zravko Papič Shoaib Nabi Ahmad

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