Just a few days ago we sat down with Sophia Roberts and Laura Barendregt to find out what they have installed for us at the 2015 OWeek Festival happening this week from Wednesday 25th to Friday 27th of February, here's what they had to say...
WHAT IS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THIS YEAR'S OWEEK THEME, "BACK TO THE FUTURE"?
Sophia: Well it’s 2015 and if you’ve seen Back to the Future Part II (which you should because it’s a classic) then you’ll know that 2015 is the year they travel ‘back’ to from 1985. If you haven’t seen it then see it because there’s all sorts of cool stuff that happens and I can’t really go into detail without giving it away but essentially Marty creates a false 1985 in which his mum tries to hit on him - it’s weird. Just the watch the movie.
Laura: Sophia mentioned that it was 2015, like in the movie, one night at an exhibition opening at the Verge gallery in late 2013. I got really excited about the theme after that, I was like “oh my god we could get hoverboards” but we didn’t in the end. They exist but they’re like $10,000 each.
|For more goss on OWeek 2015 events check out the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/776284812448746/?fref=ts|
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE EVENT THIS OWEEK?
Sophia: I think my fave is going to be the Comedy Night. We’ve got a really cool lineup of young Australian comedians and I’m very passionate about promoting wom*n in the industry. It’ll be a great night.
|For tickets: http://manningbar.com/Home/Shows-Gigs/OWeek-Wom-ns-Comedy-Debate.aspx|
Laura: Opening Night Party! For the first time in 3 year’s we’ve got a split level Manning Party and we’re really excited about it. There will be free food, drink, movies and arcade games in the all ages area on the bottom floor and awesome DJs on the top floor. We want everyone to dress up heaps 80s too. I’m gonna crimp my hair.
|Featuring: Djs Wyldstyle, BASSFACE9000 and Hubble - Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/607390429361151/?ref=ts&fref=ts|
WHAT MAKES THIS OWEEK UNMISSABLE?
Sophia: This hectic theme! We tried really hard to make this OWeek quite different, and although not all our wild ideas didn’t get through, we think we’ve succeeded in bringing the University community an OWeek that is markedly different this year.
Laura: We wanted to make this OWeek as inclusive as possible. We also felt for the last little while the themes and the branding have been aimed at a particular audience and we wanted to challenge that, make it less “cool kid” and more “nerdy”.
FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE TIME AND MONEY POOR, WHAT THREE EVENTS OR ACTIVITIES SHOULD I PRIORITISE?
Sophia: There’s heaps of short and free events this OWeek. I’m really looking forward to the free, hour-long workshops (Improv Theatre Sydney and Sydney Revues), and Doctor Who Trivia. If you can spare an hour you can learn some cool stuff for free, or win some beer.
Laura: Badge-making, screen printing and face painting down at the Wormhole are going to be heaps fun, you can spend as long as you want and they’re free! Make yourself some cool stuff and have some fun. I’m going to make so many badges. Time Travel with Dr Karl on the last day will be awesome too!
WHAT ARE SOME GOOD WAYS TO GET INVOLVED IN OWEEK AND MEET NEW PEOPLE?
Sophia: We’ve got a few welcome events. CarbarGay will be heaps of fun and a great way to meet other queer students, similarly the Wom*n’s Morning Tea will be a casual event where you can meet other wom*n identifying students. The Safe Spaces Q&A will also be a great way to find out about dedicated spaces on campus for ethno-cultural minorities.
|Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1614827408753712/?ref=ts&fref=ts|
IF YOU HAD A TIME MACHINE AND COULD GO TO ANY POINT IN TIME, WHEN WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
Sophia: Probably some time in the late 60s and early 70s in Sydney. It’s hard to say because I wasn’t there, but it seems like that was a real time of change in this country and around the world. I think it would’ve been a really exciting time to be around in Australia, there was a steady march towards a progressive nation and that would’ve been great to see first hand.
Laura: 1920s before the Great Depression but with money. New York, Chicago or East Sydney. If you had money that would’ve been a heaps good time. Or London! I just want to wear the dresses and go to the parties. But I’d need to have access to modern medicine, I don’t know if I’m allowed to have that though - can I take it with me?
THERE'S A POINT IN BACK
TO THE FUTURE PART II WHEN OLDER JENNIFER MEETS YOUNGER JENNIFER. SURELY OLDER
JENNIFER WOULD KNOW THAT YOUNGER JENNIFER WAS IN THE HOUSE? AND SURELY,
THEREFORE, SHE WOULD BE EXPECTING HER TO BE? HOW DO YOU ACCOUNT FOR THIS?
Sophia: Nah because in the previous timeline Jennifer just grew older with no knowledge that there’s another one of her travelling through time. It’s only when they create an alternate timeline that (younger) Jennifer goes to the house, hence older Jennifer in her reality is not expecting her. Older Jennifer and younger Jennifer don’t share the same consciousness. I know, it’s a bit weird and timey-wimey but I promise it makes sense.
Laura: Wait, what?
ANY FINAL WORDS?
Sophia: I don’t think I have any left after that.
Laura: Please come to OWeek! Does that sound too desperate? Nah, it’ll be heaps good.
So there you have it, OWeek 2015 is set to be the best yet, and you should come! If you need more proof, watch this OWeek teaser video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYfEW_79ge8
See you there,
TARA "DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE" WANIGANAYAKA
PRESIDENT OF WONDERLAND
& ED "TEA PARTY" McMAHON
BOARD DIRECTOR OF WONDERLAND