Shift Disturbers – stirring some sh!t

As a student of advertising, sometimes I am lucky enough to be given opportunities to attend advertising conferences to gain inspiration and incite from our industries leading visionaries. The other day I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to attend Shift Disturbers, a conference that brings “a mash-up of visionaries to the stage, from the worlds of advertising, art and design for a half-day of inspirational words from the gods of creativity”. I was called up for the event about three hours before and had no idea what to expect, but it was clear from the moment I stepped up to the front doors of the St Lawrence Centre for the Arts, that this would not be an ordinary conference. Greeting every passerby at the entrance to the centre was a man in a wild suit wearing a sandwich board, who could more or less be summed up as a crazed, possibly homeless man ranting at passerby’s. At first we all tried to scurry away from him as quickly as possible, but at a closer inspection you realized that the sandwich board was in fact a poster for the conference we were about to attend. Now if that isn’t a mood setting entrance I don’t know what is!