Love, dating and sex are changing. Searching for a soulmate is tricky and finding solitude can be just as elusive. This probing talk covers the whole gamut...
Modern Love: Australian Museum X Vivid Ideas
1 William Street
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Love, dating and sex are changing. Searching for a soulmate is tricky and finding solitude can be just as elusive. This probing talk covers the whole gamut of modern love – from hard and fast hook-ups to lonely hearts, sex-tech and even climate change stress.
Jennifer Pinkerton guides us into the world of intimacy amongst millennials and Generation Z. Her book Heartland blends reportage, memoir and extensive research. Informed by interviews with more than 100 people under 40 years of age – from transgender Aboriginal Sistagirls in the Tiwi Islands to conservative Catholics living in Sydney – she explores the hopes, fears, and realities of romantic relationships at a time marked by great expectations and far fewer rules.
Jennifer is joined in conversation by Rob Brooks, an international expert on the conflicting and evolutionary interests that make sex sizzle and render reproduction complex. Rob’s latest book Artificial Intimacy charts what happens when love and technology collide. Find out how digital lovers, algorithmic matchmakers, and the rise of sex-tech are changing the nature of relationships and dating.
Jessie Tu brings her incisive questions to the conversation and leaves plenty of time for questions from the audience. Jessie is a journalist and critic at SMH, The Age, and Women's Agenda. Her debut novel, A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing, won the 2021 ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year.
After the talk, stay for live poetry by Bankstown Poetry Slam that responds to the theme. Top off the night with music, drinks and exhibitions.
In this series of FREE talks curated by Vivid Sydney and the Australian Museum, we reflect on what makes great cities, the joys and the pitfalls of city-living, and we hear personal stories of belonging.