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15 June 2018

Whether you’re attending the Creative State Summit in person or tuning in online, you can still be part of the action.

Key art from the 2018 Creative State Summit


We'll be live streaming activity from the Main Stage all day long - tune in via creativestatesummit.com to watch, listen and submit questions.

This year storytellers, activists, inventors and provocateurs tackle the role of creativity in a post-truth world.

Main Stage highlights on Day Two include:


09.20 – VICKI COUZENS FROM THE HEART
Vicki Couzens, Artist

Vicki Couzens opens up on her life experiences as a Gunditjmara woman who continues a strong family legacy in working towards recognition of First Peoples’ sovereignty and self-determination. She has worked in the Aboriginal community for almost 40 years and is currently Chairperson for the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages. Vicki has led the revitalisation of Possum Skin Cloaks across southeastern Australia.


09.35 – THE UGLY DUCKLING AND HOW THE PRETTY KIDS GOT ALL THE CAKE
Kiruna Stamell (UK) – Actress, inc. National Theatre, Life’s Too Short, Moulin Rouge

“Artists can play important roles as game changers, telling stories that challenge society. I am often disappointed though that too frequently, they just reinforce the status quo, particularly when we are talking about what is and isn't beautiful, sexy or acceptable as a body.” – Kiruna Stamell.

Join performer Kiruna Stamell for a discussion about the importance of 'truth' when producing work about disability and the disabled experience.


10.05 – OVERTHINK: FRET MORE, DO LESS (AND OTHER KEYS TO ‘SUCCESS’)
Dr Jason Fox – Author, How to Lead a Quest

The world is wondrously awash with complexity, paradox and doubt. ‘truths’ are always flawed and incomplete – no one holds the singular ‘right’ answer. And yet – amid this deep and necessary scepticism – we can create new magic and meaning with the broken pieces we hold. Dr Jason Fox will show you how.


10.35 – HOW ARE WE TELLING OLD STORIES IN NEW WAYS?
Mikaela Jade – CEO & Founder, Indigital

How can we digitise and translate knowledge and culture from remote and ancient communities to tell old stories in new ways and reach audiences that were previously out of reach? Hear how Mikaela used drones, 4D mapping software, image recognition technology and cultural law to bring the world’s cultural sites alive through augmented reality.


10.55 – CAN CULTURAL ORGANISATIONS REMAIN NEUTRAL IN A POST-TRUTH WORLD?
Kate Torney – CEO, State Library Victoria

Can – and should – cultural institutions strive to remain ‘neutral’ in a ‘post-truth’ world? As social, political and economic issues become increasingly intertwined, is it possible for cultural organisations to avoid taking a particular standpoint, and what does this mean for free and open public debate?

Kate Torney, CEO at State Library Victoria, reflects on steering cultural institutions through uncertain times.


11.15 – DO AUSTRALIANS VALUE CREATIVITY?
Dr Rebecca Huntley – Author, Still Lucky: Why You Should Feel Optimistic About Australia and Its People & Board Member, Bell Shakespeare Company

Dr Rebecca Huntley reflects on fifteen years of research across the creative industries, sharing insights about the value we place on these industries, what kind of contribution we think they make to our personal lives and to the community, and how supportive we are of government funding them. Huntley explores public attitudes to First Nations creativity and arts, and considers what the flow on effects would be for society if funding for First Nations arts was increased.


12.45 – KEYNOTE: ROLE OF MUSEUMS IN CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT
Rohini Kappadath – General Manager, Immigration Museum

In a ‘post-truth world’ museums have a responsibility to deliver social discourse that’s grounded in facts, and to shine light on media distortion that subverts social cohesion. Immigration Museum General Manager Rohini Kappadath discusses the need for museums to collaborate across cultures in order to engage with the citizens of rich multicultural societies.


13.05 – CANARIES AND COAL MINES: WOMEN IN GAMES AND THE BIRTH OF THE ALT-RIGHT
Leena van Deventer – Co-author, Gamechangers

“Before they elected a president and ushered in a post-truth era, armies of online trolls practiced and refined their techniques on women in the games industry in order to test whether fear would Trump reason. We were the canaries in the coal mine, and no one noticed.” – Leena van Deventer.

Leena van Deventer on women in games and the alt-right.


13.25 – CUSTODIANS OF TRUTH?
Penelope Bartlau – Artistic Director, Barking Spider Visual Theatre
Padraic Fisher – Director, National Wool Museum

In a world where we no longer believe what we read or hear, when the visitor has more information in their pocket than we could ever curate, who are the custodians of truth and keepers of facts? How do cultural institutions engage the public in interpretation and what is the role of the museum and gallery in this rubbery post-truth world?


13.45 – MERCURIAL METROPOLIS
Ghost – HKURBEX
Jenkins – HKURBEX

HKURBEX, a collective of adventurous content creators, have made it their mission to document abandoned sites across the world. For them, creativity is an essential outlet in bringing new meanings to lost spaces. Their code? Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints and kill nothing but time.


14.05 – INNOVATION IN MUSIC, MODELS AND COLLABORATIONS TO CONTINUE SONG TRADITIONS
Jessie Lloyd – Performer, Producer & Creative Entrepreneur

As a musician, producer and creative entrepreneur, Jessie shares lessons from her experience of producing, performing and progressing Indigenous music through innovative concepts, collaborative projects and cultural practice. How does she maintain an authenticity that contributes to the rich diversity of Australian arts and its audiences, while working towards positive and progressive social opportunities, values and attitudes?


14.25 – PANEL: CREATIVITY, RADICAL PROMISE AND YOUNG PEOPLE
Sarah Austin – Artist, Artistic Director and Researcher

What does the democratisation of creativity mean and how are we educating young people about the possibilities of creative practice as an agent of change? In conversation with four Grade 5/6 students from a primary school in Melbourne’s North, this panel will consider whether creativity can continue to offer radical promise in a world where everyone is considered creative.


14.45 – GAMES IN A POST-TRUTH WORLD
Lauren Clinnick – Managing Director, Lumi Consulting

In a ‘post-truth world’, creatives in the games industry are crafting experiences that reflect the best and worst of humanity. This talk will highlight the unique part that games play in the current creative landscape and will push you to experiment with games as a medium – no coding skills required.


15.35 – ART MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES ARE USUALLY VERY BORING
Nick Gray – Founder, Museum Hack

Today's audiences want to be entertained before they are educated. How does this apply to the world of art museums and galleries? Museum Hack provides ‘renegade tours’ at America's top museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. Join founder Nick Gray for a discussion about how cultural institutions can turf tradition to create fresh new perspectives and experiences for audiences.


16.05 – THE DARK SIDE OF DESIGN
Melis Senova – Founder, Huddle

We often design with good intentions – sometimes those intentions are realised, sometimes they are not. Dr Senova takes us on an exploration of boundaries. A provocative journey questioning where our influence starts and stops, and what we need to do as people to ensure our work manifests as we intend it.


16.25 – STORYTELLING IN DETROIT: CREATING A MORE NUANCED PORTRAIT OF A CITY
Aaron Foley – City Storyteller in Residence, Detroit

As Detroit's first Chief Storyteller, appointed by Mayor Mike Duggan, Aaron Foley wants the many voices of the city's neighbourhoods to be heard, and to provide depth to how both visitors and locals perceive Detroit. By combining local knowledge and personal accounts, stories can help build communities, drive place marketing and develop cultural tourism. In this talk, Aaron shares his insights on storytelling as a powerful tool for creative cities.


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We will be posting updates throughout the Summit, follow this link to read more: Highlights from the 2018 Creative State Summit