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We Own The Night: Postmodernism and Possession

We Own The Night: Postmodernism and Possession

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Published by Felicity Jane
Essay discussing Jurassic Lounge.
Essay discussing Jurassic Lounge.

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Published by: Felicity Jane on Apr 15, 2013
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ABSTRACT
//WEOWNTHENIGHT
 JurassicLounge
wasaweeklyeventexhibitionheldattheAustralianMuseumovertwomonthsin2011:February1stuntilApril19
th
.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
 
 
//WEOWNTHENIGHT:
PostmodernismandPossession
ModernismandtheAustralianMuseum
Theireyesstarevacantlyattheglassbeforethem.Theyareconfined;every partofthemhasbeendissectedanddefined.Fingerprintsruinthesterility:therigidefficiencythathasorganisedthisnationofbirdsintoanunderstandablearmy.‘Gymnorhinatibicen’,‘Dicaeumhirundinaceum’. Anameyoucan’tquiteputtoaface.Coldglasspressedonhumannoses.
DONOTTOUCH.
TheMuseumServicesActof1977definedmuseumsas:
Apublicorprivatenon-profitagencyorinstitutionorganisedonapermanentbasisforessentiallyeducationaloraestheticpurposeswhich,utilizingaprofessionalstaff,ownsorutilizestangibleobjects,caresforthem,andexhibitsthemtothepubliconaregularbasis(Hein2000,p.3)
.
Whilesuchadefinitioniseffectiveinconveyingtheconceptofamuseumitcanneverexplaintheunderlyingcomplexitiesmanifestedintheformationoftheinstitution.ThehistoryofmuseumsisinextricablylinkedtothegrowingprominenceofModernism.ButfirstlywhatismeantbythetermModernism?Thetermhasbeenusedindifferenterasandinmanycontexts.WithinthisessayIwillrefertoModernismastheideologythatgrewoutoftheenlightenment,thatwascharacterisedbyfreemarkets,alargelysecularculture,liberaldemocracy,individualism,rationalism,humanismandempiricism:agrowingbeliefthattruthwasonlyattainablebyobservationthroughthesenses(Cahoone2003,p.8).
ThecreationofModernismwaspropelledbymanyfactors.Theindustrialrevolutionusurpedfeudalismandpushedmeninsocietytoquestionthehierarchyofpower.Democracy,MeritocracyandUtilitarianismwerephilosophiesthatroseinprominenceandcapitalistideologiessuchasLaissez-fairecameunderpublicdebate.Asmanydominantparadigmswerebeingchallengedpeoplebegantoquestionthestatusquo(Asma2001,p.120).
Achangehastakenplaceinthehumanmind;achangewhich,beingeffectedbyinsensiblegradations,andwithoutnoise,hadalreadyproceededfarbeforeitwasgenerallyperceived.Whenthefactdiscloseditself,thousandsawokeasfromadream.Theyknewnotwhatprocesseshadbeengoingoninthemindsofothers,orevenintheirown,untilthechangebegantoinvadeoutwardobjects;anditbecameclearthatthosewereindeednewmen,whoinsisteduponbeinggovernedinanewway(Mill1831,p.20).
NewtheoriessuchasDarwin’s‘TheoryofEvolution’andnewscientificdiscoveriesledsomeinsocietytoquestionreligionandlooktoHumanismforanswers.A

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