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Love in the digital age: virtual event

Thursday 29 October
6:30 – 7:30pm

Bookings essential - free

This free program will be delivered using Zoom.

Remember locking eyes with someone across a room? The internet and digital apps have opened up the world of courtship. Our pools of potential playmates have been expanded exponentially, and are all a mere thumb-swipe away. But has digital dating made it easier to find our own Australian Love Story?

Join Fury, Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen, and Adolfo Aranjuez as they explore notions of intimacy, attachment, and the gamification of romance, and talk about their own experiences navigating the trials and tribulations of seeking love in the digital age.

Make a booking and the Gallery will email you 24 hours before the program with instructions on how to connect with us using Zoom.

Adolfo Aranjuez is an editor, writer, speaker and dancer. He is currently the Melbourne International Film Festival’s publications and content manager as well as Liminal magazine’s publication editor; previously, he edited the magazines Metro and Archer. Adolfo’s essays and poetry have appeared in Meanjin, Right Now, Screen Education, The Manila Review, Cordite and Peril, among others, and he has worked with numerous organisations including Melbourne Writers Festival, Jaipur Literature Festival, Midsumma, ABC TV, The Wheeler Centre, ACMI, Melbourne Queer Film Festival, the Immigration Museum, Multicultural Arts Victoria, the UNESCO City of Literature Office and Dance Massive. adolfoaranjuez.com

Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen is a Vietnamese-Australian writer and bookseller based in Melbourne. Her work has been featured in publications including Meanjin, The Saturday Paper, Kill Your Darlings, SBS Voices, Rookie and frankie. She was an inaugural recipient of The Wheeler Centre’s Next Chapter fellowship in 2018.

Fury makes things. They love television and not film (which is both too long and too short). They’ve peddled hot takes to The Guardian, The Wheeler Centre and Vice, among others. Fury will pitch their comedy web series to anyone who will listen. Fury is at their window, wondering when their dopamine will come back from the war.

Fury writes poetry when they absolutely have to. Fury has a graphic memoir called I Don’t Understand How Emotions Work and an interactive fiction called Bog Roll Quest. Both are very good. Find them at Readings or furymakes.itch.io/bog-roll-quest.

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In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester (detail), 1939  Albert Tucker
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All visitors must pre-book for one of the daily sessions. Each day will have a limited number of people allowed.

In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker

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An amorous online adventure

Daily event until Thu 31 Dec
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Lust and longing, drama and devotion, seduction and scandal! Delve into an enticing array of tales of the heart.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.