Artist as Disruptor Panel featuring Mama Alto – Jazz Singer & Community Activist, Moira Finucane – Co-Director, Finucane & Smith, Candy Bowers – Co-Artistic Director, Black Honey Company, Genevieve Grieves – Head of First Peoples, Museums Victoria. Photo: Chris Hopkins.
When Michael Williams, Director of the Wheeler Centre, opened the recent Creative State Summit, he delightfully reframed the conference theme ‘creativity in a post-truth world’ as ‘creativity in an age of bullshit’.
This interrogation of what “post-truth” means as a concept and identifier for our current moment was picked up again in a panel that explored the role of the artist as disruptor, convened by Cabaret artist, jazz singer and community activist, Mama Alto. As she explained, artists are important advocates and activists. Their ability to creatively question and challenge existing power structures has often placed them in this role of disruptor.