Celebrate the dark through large-scale public art, food, music, light and noise. Dark Mofo 2013.
The Museum of Old and New Art’s inaugural winter festival, Dark Mofo 2013, is the largest-scale event that MONA has hosted so far. It all begins with some blindingly good business on Friday 14 June.
4PM | ‘SPECTRA [TASMANIA]’ BY RYOJI IKEDA AT REGATTA GROUNDS
A tower of pure, white light, reaching 15 kilometres into the Hobart sky over the Regatta Grounds at the Cenotaph. At the base of the tower, 49 custom-made Xenon searchlights are set into the ground in a 7x7 grid. Combined, they point a fleshless finger at our town straight down, it seems, from some sort of imagined, omniscient seat in the sky. Sinewaves - the purest kind of sound wave - form invisible sonic patterns at the base. Your movement alters their composition in a way that only you can specify. Your experience will be unlike your friends’, or anyone else’s. Be there at nightfall.
WHEN: Friday June 14 - Sunday June 23, from sunset – sunrise.
WHERE: Regatta Grounds / Cenotaph, Queen’s Domain, Hobart.
5PM | ‘BEAM IN THINE OWN EYE’ EXHIBITION AT MAC1
The Museum of Old and New Art’s first large-scale public art program includes open-air large-scale art projects like Ryoji Ikeda’s ‘Spectra [Tasmania]’, and installation environments, interactive performances, sculptures and projections at Hobart’s Macquarie Wharf Shed No.1 (MAC1). Supported by Hobart City Council and curated by MONA’s Nicole Durling and Olivier Varenne, ‘Beam In Thine Own Eye’ is a series of artworks and installations that compel us to become active viewers of artworks, exploring the limits of our perception to realise our own notions of the sublime. In contrast to the standard, tangible fare of an art exhibition, this is a series of events that gather in the viewer’s mind, questioning the ‘real’, and reconfiguring our own physical world. Experiences are synthesized within the viewer’s own brain.
WHEN: Opens 5pm Friday 14 June, continuing until Sunday 28 July, 2013.
WHERE: Macquarie Wharf Shed No.1 (MAC1), Hunter Street Hobart.
ENTRY: Opening night free for all, $5 thereafter.
6PM | O-NIGHT PARTY AT MAC2
Come and celebrate opening night of MONA’s major public art project, ‘Beam In Thine Own Eye’. Kick off with Movement and DJ Otologic and have some fun with Naysayer & Gilsun before the highlight of the evening: Canyons and Daniel Boyd present ‘100 Million Nights’; a three-panel video installation accompanied by an original live score.
WHEN: Friday 14 June, 6pm – midnight.
WHERE: Macquarie Wharf Shed No.2 (MAC2), Hunter St, Hobart.
ENTRY: Presale $20 | Door $25 | Under 12 free.
7PM | VANDEMONIAN LAGS AT THE THEATRE ROYAL
Our dark, creepy and sometimes funny Tasmanian convict history has been turned into a suite of powerful new songs based on stories from Tasmania’s colonial gulag for ‘Vandemonian Lags: New Songs from the Prison Without Walls’, presented by Dark Mofo in association with Roar Film, with support from UTAS and Screen Tasmania. These new songs based on old stories will be performed by seminal Australian artists, backed by an all-star band featuring Weddings Parties Anything’s Jen Anderson, Mark Wallace and Michael Barclay with Craig Pilkington, Sal Kimber and Andy Reid, featuring dramatic, narrative evocations from Tim Rogers and Brian Nankervis and including projections from Tasmania’s acclaimed Roar Film.
WHEN: Friday 14 7pm and Sunday 16 June at 2pm.
WHERE: Theatre Royal, 29 Campbell St, Hobart.
9PM | ‘PUSHER’ | DARK MOFO FILMS AT STATE CINEMA
A furious, hyper-realistic window into the very bottom of the Copenhagen underworld, the blockbuster hit ‘Pusher’, the debut feature from its 25-year-old director, tells the story of Frank (Kim Bodia), a grunting, down-on-his-luck pusher who defaults on a major deal after his dim-witted friend Tonny (Mads Mikkelsen) turns him into the cops. The consequences prove to be dire. Duration 105 minutes, rated MA15+
WHEN: Friday 14 June, 9pm
WHERE: State Cinema, 375 Elizabeth St, North Hobart.
ENTRY: Tickets $17.50 / $15.50 from http://www.statecinema.com.au
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‘CONVERSATIONS IN THE DARK’ BY BILL HART
Seventh-generation Tasmanian and celebrated artist, Bill Hart, has created a multi-channel, audio-visual project that explores that inside, we are not one but many. We are a cacophony of fragmented thoughts and ideas that we have learned, over time, to assimilate. Hart will recreate the hypnagogic state we enter when we fall asleep. It is then, in touch with our interiority, that we have our conversations in the dark.
WHEN: Opens 6pm Wednesday June 12, continues until June 30.
WHERE: Rosny Barn, Rosny.
‘AFLOAT ASUNDER’ BY IAN BURNS
Australian artist Ian Burns has worked his wizard-like whimsy over a two-month period, and present the outcome inside the historically rich Bond Store exhibition space at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG), presented by Detached Cultural Organisation, in association with Dark Mofo and TMAG. “Like the eighteenth century philosophers Rousseau and Burke, I see curiosity as the first of all passions,” Ian Burns says. “I believe that by provoking the investigative impulse in the viewer there is scope to challenge their expectations and self-awareness.”
WHEN: Thursday 13 June, 5pm – 7pm (opening night). Exhibition continues until July 28, 2013.
WHERE: TMAG Bond Store Basement, Dunn Place, Hobart.