As part of Vivid Sydney, Australian Museum’s Jurassic Lounge is offering the ultimate futuristic space fest on June 16, in what is sure to be Sydney’s coolest nerd event this year. The Australian Museum is set to geek out in style with DJ sets, virtual-reality spectacles, sci-fi storytelling, dance lessons and more, as it transforms into the ultimate galactic paradise. You’ll forget you’re a mere 2018 earthling, as the Museum teleports to the distant future of 2099; a place where instagramming and selfies are thankfully little more than archival memories.
Event organiser Tanya Goldberg said, “for me, the whole premise of the night is really exciting. You are remixing the museum into this sort of after-hours playground for adults… This year the Jurassic:2099 theme takes us into the future of imagining the end of this century.”
It doesn’t get much cooler than sipping a bevvy at a pop-up bar and munching on an appertiser as you groove to Mz Risk’s radically innovative DJ set in a total cosmic fanfare. Or, if you prefer to take the reins when it comes to the DJ-ing, Jurassic Lounge will be hosting an interactive mash-up DJ booth. If your beats don’t do the trick, guests entering the dance floor on the back of a dinosaur will be sure to get the party pumping; because who hasn’t fantasised about entering a party in such fashion?
If this all seems like too much fun for an adult, think again, because Jurassic Lounge is specifically designed for adults to embrace their inner child. As Goldberg said, “I think that museums are often perceived as places that you go to on school excursions and then maybe you come back once you have kids, but really this is an event for 20 or 30 year olds”.
In a hope to reclaim Sydney nightlife as “a properly diverse cultural after hours”, Goldberg noted how Jurassic Lounge presents an exciting array of activities that offers something to suit all tastes; from a giant dance lesson led by Cody Cabana, to cosplay-inspired dress up competitions by Supanova. Also on offer is an irreverent tour of the Museum’s First Nation exhibition by some of the Museum’s Indigenous staff, imagining 2099 and the possibility of Australia’s first Indigenous female Prime Minister. Goldberg noted that theme allowed for this radical reimagining of the museum’s collection, “we thought 2099 being a bit futuristic would be really fun, but at the same time gives us the chance to ask some meaningful questions”.
While fun is clearly the focus of the night, Jurassic Lounge also delves a bit deeper than music and games. Jurassic Lounge asks us to think about how we might be better stewards of our precious planet, by reminding us to create the future world we wish to see. Artist Jane Gilling’s activity, which helps you to fashion your own groundbreaking futuristic headwear out of plastic junk, is just one example of how Jurassic Lounge is able to combine meaning and fun. As Goldberg described, “In a very serious way in the museum, we ask ourselves what’s going on, where are we heading, what might things look like in the future, for better and for worse”.
Just like crawling through Jurassic Lounge’s giant interactive wormhole installation and not quite knowing where and when you will emerge, the night is sure to prompt new and exciting questions all while you party like its 2099. As Goldberg said, “It is the kind of party where, no matter what you are there for, you will always walk out knowing something more than you did before”.
If you wish to find out more about the event and to grab tickets visit: https://australianmuseum.net.au/landing/jurassic-lounge