After contacting Hijacked to see if they wanted someone to cover Dark Mofo 2014, they commissioned me to write an article on the festival and the top things to see and do there. Read the original article HERE or read it below!
Last year 128,000 souls celebrated the winter solstice on Hobart’s waterfront under a dark yet illuminated night sky. This year Dark Mofo has a budget of $3 million and is host to an Australian exclusive art installation ‘Articulated Intersect’, promising to live up to the expectations last years inaugural festival set. Dark Mofo and MONA have become an integral and defining aspect of the Australian cultural landscape, exploring themes, ideologies and art accessibility in such risk taking ways that are rare to the Australian art scene.
A project of Australia’s leading tourist attraction MONA Museum, the largest and arguably best private museum in the nation, Dark Mofo is quickly becoming one of Australia’s leading contemporary arts festivals, injecting millions of dollars into the Tasmanian economy while reviving the states culture and arts scene. Last year the number of international visitors to the state jumped up 14 percent, with Hobart hoteliers citing Dark Mofo as the sole reason they saw up to a 35% increase in occupancy last June.
Dark Mofo celebrates everything that is dark, deathly, sexual and mischievous. With entry to events starting at as little as $5 and interactive art that is less wanky and more spanky – what more could you want? Perfect for arts and music students wanting to expand their knowledge of the weird and obscure.
1. ’Articulated Intersect’ by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
From dusk till dawn, this years interactive light installation allows festival goers to live out their wildest light-saber dreams, with18 powerful lights controlled by six interactive levers spread across Hobart’s waterfront. With the USA/Mexico border in mind, it was designed to create unifying bridges of light between the two countries, with beams coming from either side to invade the airspace of the other.
June 13-22 dusk till dawn on the Hobart waterfront, free
2. The Nude Solstice Swim
If you like to start your mornings stinging cold and fresh, the biting Tasmanian breeze nipping at your nether-regions, register your interest online at darkmofo.net.au to take a leisurely dip in the countries coldest waters to celebrate the solstice, naked as nature intended.
June 22 at sunrise (7:42 am) at Long Beach Sandy Bay, free
3. Ferris Wheel of Death
Commissioned especially for Dark Mofo, The Ferris Wheel of Death offers riders a haunting aural experience. A 30-strong choir handpicked by composer Sophia Brous performs a death-defying soundtrack atop the wheel nightly, featuring US talent Julia Holter.
June 19-21 at PW1, $10
4. City of Hobart Dark Mofo Winter Feast
Featuring more than fifty stall holders from across the state, the tables of the feast are set within the candle-lit trees on the Derwent riverfront. Featuring live music and local delicacies, the feast also offers culinary demonstrations from accomplished chefs such as Jared Ingersoll, Alex Herbert and Duncan Welgemoed.
June 19 – 21 from 4-10pm at PW1, $10
5. The Red Death Ball
A masked ball like no other and inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, The Red Death Ball promises to beguile and surprise you. Adorn your face with a mask and prepare your best garb for a night of delicious sacrificial offerings and plentiful wine.
June 18 at Hobart Town Hall at 7:30pm, $240 – book online
6. Dark Faux Mo
An alcohol fuelled, light filled rage-rave, this years intoxicatingly chaotic street party plays host to a series of international acts such as The Bronx and High Tension. Don’t worry, the go-go dancers and performing oddities don’t bite… much.
June 19 and 21 atThe Odeon Theatre, door sales $30
7. Yo Gabba, Gabba! Live!
If your looking for a family friendly kids show featuring the cross-dressing female alter ego of Michael Quattlebaum Jnr, Yo Gabba, Gabba! Live! at the Odeon Theatre with Mykki Blanco has you sorted. Guaranteed to have your kids giggling, singing and questioning the gender roles of life.
June 18 10am, 1pm, 4pm at The Odeon Theatre, $35 online or $40 at door
8. David Lynch Presents Chrysta Bell
The collaborator and muse of Twin Peaks’ David Lynch, the musical workings of this femme fatale have dazzled audiences all over the world. Both beautiful and haunting, creepy and entrancing, Bell’s lyrically strong performance is an Australian exclusive.
June 14 at 7pm at The Odeon Theatre, $49/59 online, $55/65 door sales
9. Sunn 0))) + Earth + Veil of Darkness
Known for challenging societies collective understanding of music, Sunn 0))) will be opening as a quartet with core members Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson being joined by Attila Csihar and Tos Nieuwenhuizen. An evening of experimental contemporary compositions and drone metal reincarnations of country, jazz and minimalist stylings.
June 20 at 7pm The Odeon Theatre, $49/59 online, $55/65 door sales
10. Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival
While the festival is over, Huon Valley’s apple picking history continues the celebration of the peculiar. Willie Smiths Apple Shed and local artisans have produced a mid-winter festival based upon the tradition of Wassailing, the practice of scaring nasties out of orchards and laying gifts at the feet trees in hopes of encouraging a quality crop. Craft ciders, artisan cheeses and other delicious niblets provide the perfect hideaway from winters chill.
July 19-20, 10am-10pm at The Apple Shed, $5