Designing the Nightclub


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A dancethropological exploration of trends.

The interwoven relationship between club counter culture and its drip fed influence into the mainstream could be credited as one of the biggest IP robberies of all time. From the moment this undercurrent emerged, it has continued to flow like an undammed, unpaid and uncredited natural resource for those that need to sell, own & name things.

Join us for a light hearted and well lived discussion about where club trends come from—and how they make their way from the wunderkinds doing it for a laugh and a creative outlet, through to the money men collecting that Filthy Lucre, while holding a bucket under the good old ideas tap!

From the Baggy Rave scene to Billie Eilish, garbage bags to Comme des garcons—with a quick break in the toilets at Studio 54—this panel will deconstruct popular origins & influences, to find out what it takes to prepare a batch of that special sauce that simmers in the melting pot, meeting points of creativity and consumerism with a few gags thrown in for good measure!


– Melbournes longest serving club kid Dr Timothy John Moore

– Musician Designer & DJ and fellow club elder Simona Castricum

Hosted by Andee Frost

With DJ sets from:

1-2.30pm –  Garden Variety Deejay
2.30-4pm – Trendy Wendy

This event is part of Melbourne Design Week 2022.


*CONTENT WARNING: This podcast contains references to drug use.

Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the Yaluk-ut Weelam as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. Yaluk-ut Weelam means ‘people of the river camp’ and is connected with the coastal land at the head of Port Phillip Bay, extending from the Werribee River to Mordialloc. The Yaluk-ut Weelam are part of the Boon Wurrung, one of the five major language groups of the greater Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.