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Acting Out: Art that Changes the World


‘We don’t have to accept our world as it is, the ways we’re told we should navigate it,’ Steve Lambert has argued. ‘The democratic ideal [is] that we’re not subject to culture: we can create it.’

The guerrilla artist and founder of the New York-based Center for Artistic Activism makes work that is funny, meaningful, accessible and often radical – raising questions about image culture, advertising and the basis of capitalism itself. At this Melbourne Fringe panel discussion, Lambert and Melbourne artist Jax Jacki Brown will talk about their methods and motivations in making work that seeks to change the world.

How can art ignite social change? When does activist art become preachy and boring?

Join us for this free conversation at the Wheeler Centre, as we delve into the fine balance of art and activism – from creativity and accessibility to strategy. Hosted by Mama Alto.

This event is presented in partnership with Melbourne Fringe and Arts House.

This event will be Auslan interpreted.



Mama Alto

Mama Alto is a jazz singer, cabaret artiste and gender transcendent diva. She is a transgender and queer person of colour who works with the radical potential of storytelling, strength in softness and power in vulnerability. In addition to her excellence as a performing artist, she is a writer of in... Read more

Jax Jacki Brown

‘We must adopt an intersectional approach to understanding the experiences of the LGBTIQA+ community with disabilities. Intersectionality provides us with a political framework to understand how multiple forms of discrimination are experienced and lived … our identities don’t exist in a va... Read more

Steve Lambert

Steve Lambert was a Senior Fellow at New York’s Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology from 2006-2010, developed and led workshops for Creative Capital Foundation, co-directs the Center for Artistic Activism, and is an Assistant Professor at SUNY Purchase.  His projects and art works have won awar... Read more


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