Modern Love Vivid talk featuring Jennifer Pinkerton and Rob Brooks
Modern Love Vivid talk featuring Jennifer Pinkerton and Rob Brooks. Image: Supplied
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Event: 5 - 9pm

Talk: 6:30 - 7:45pm

Ages: Recommended for ages 16+

Love, dating and sex are changing. Searching for a soul mate 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 beyond.

Heartland author, Jennifer Pinkerton guides us into the world of intimacy amongst millennials and Generation Z. Jennifer is joined in conversation by Rob Brooks, an international expert on the conflicting and evolutionary interests that make sex sizzle. Find out how digital lovers, algorithmic matchmakers, and the rise of sex-tech are changing the nature of relationships and dating.

Jessie Tu, poet, journalist, and author will moderate and bring her own take on relationships to the conversation.

After the talk, stay for special performances by some of the artists from Bankstown Poetry Slam. Top off the night with music, drinks and the chance to explore the Museum’s incredible permanent galleries after hours.

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.



*Please note there is limited seating available in Hintze Hall for the talk and seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Standing room will also be available. Our permanent galleries and current exhibitions (additional charge applies for special exhibition entry) will be open throughout the night.


Jennifer Pinkerton

Jennifer Pinkerton is a writer, photographer and producer. She’s written stories and journalism for The Guardian, National Geographic, the UK Telegraph, the Courier-Mail, the Canberra Times and Qantas magazine, among other publications. Previously, she worked as a federal press-gallery gofer; as a features editor on a health magazine; and as an editor and writer on art, architecture and women-focused titles. She’s also helped launch live storytelling events, including the Top End’s Spun: True Tales Told in the Territory, and Canberra’s first Language Party, which celebrated the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages. Jennifer has exhibited her photography in Perth, Canberra and Darwin, holds a doctorate in creative arts and teaches at Charles Darwin University. She lives in the Northern Territory with her good matesheat and humidity.


Writer, photographer and producer, Jennifer Pinkerton
Writer, photographer and producer, Jennifer Pinkerton. Image: Supplied
© Jennifer Pinkerton


Rob Brooks

Rob Brooks is an international expert on the conflicting and evolutionary interests that make sex sizzle and render reproduction complex. He knows all about sex dolls, the role of digital lovers and the rise of new technology that is changing the nature of courtship. His latest book Artificial Intimacy charts what happens when love and technology collide.


Rob Brooks
Rob Brooks is Professor of Evolutionary Biology at UNSW Sydney. Image: Supplied by Rob Brooks
© Rob Brooks


Jessie Tu

Jessie Tu is a journalist and critic at The Sydney Morning Herald, 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.


Journalist Jessica Tu
Journalist Jessica Tu. Image: Supplied
© Jessica Tu


Bankstown Poetry Slam

Bankstown Poetry Slam (BPS) is Australia's largest regular poetry slam, and has been dubbed the largest poetry slam in the Southern Hemisphere. BPS' award-winning events and projects drive change by empowering young people and people from diverse backgrounds to express themselves through the medium of spoken word poetry.


Bankstown Poetry Slam
Bankstown Poetry Slam, Australia's largest regular poetry slam. Image: Supplied
© Bankstown Poetry Slam

Presented in partnership with the Australian Museum and Vivid Sydney



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