Art and About Sydney – Opening Night

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The opening of Art and About Sydney was celebrated at Martin Place earlier tonight. The celebration, coined as Friday Night Live, was an evening of cocktails, music and film that set the tone for what is sure to be an inspiring and exciting festival. The event started with a screening of The Arrival by Shaun Tan with a live performance of the score by percussionist Ben Walsh and the 10-piece Orkestra of the Underground. Next The Break filled the audience with trippy space age rock from their new album, Space Farm. Delicious cocktails were on offer throughout the night alongside quirky food trucks. 

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For the night owls the evening was just beginning. Attendees could head to the Justice and Police Museum for part one of Penguin Plays Rough at City of Shadows exhibition. This exhibition/performance/literary hybrid brings together ten writers, comedians, playwrights and other wordsmiths to create a story, over several months, in response to a photo chosen from the Police Forensic Archive.

For those looking for a chilled evening Custom’s House library offered the solution: relaxed music, readings and performance. Other recommendations for the night included seeing the Artists’ Market at the State Library of NSW or taking in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition at the Australian Museum.

Art and About Sydney boasts an eclectic and intriguing mix of artworks and performances that will bring the city to life from the 20th of September to the 20th of October. Have a look at the full spread of events and exhibitions here. In the next weeks I will be trying to see and review as much of the festival as possible! Happy festivaling!

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We Own The Night: Postmodernism and Possession

There are times that I look back at my undergraduate degree and wonder what I spent those three years doing.  I’m sure I’m not the only one. But recently, as I was perusing through old essays, short stories and ‘Communication Practice Projects’, I stumbled upon an essay that I thought might deserve to be unearthed.

In my third semester of Communications I wrote a paper on how cultural event ‘Jurassic Lounge’ reflected Postmodernism and New Muselogy. I had been the guest blogger for the opening night of the very first Jurassic Lounge (you can read it here) and had been totally swept away by the spectacle and imagination it had presented. As the fifth season of Jurassic Lounge comes to an end, I thought I might as well dust the old thing off and put it on display. Have a brief look, I won’t think less of you if you don’t read the whole thing.

ABSTRACT             // WE OWN THE NIGHT

Jurassic Lounge was a weekly event exhibition held at the Australian Museum over two months in 2011: February 1st until April 19th. The series of ‘after-hour sessions featuring art, live music, drinks + new ideas’ (Jurassic Lounge 2010) included live drawings, robotic dinosaurs, body painting, tarot card readers and many more spectacular attractions (Side Street, Sydney 2011). It is my belief that Jurassic Lounge reflects the paradigm of postmodernism in its marketing, reliance on interactivity and engagement, use of art and music to promote subjective interpretations and self-conscious meaning making. It is my belief that Jurassic Lounge is pioneering the techniques needed to keep museums socially and intellectually relevant in the digital era.

Felicity Pickering