The Mid Winter Festival has grabbed Hobart by the shirt front and bathed the waterfront and urban environs in sea of colour, fire, art and music. The upside down crosses are impossible to miss, the sentries welcoming the pilgrims to a festival of all things dark.
The inverted crosses fire the first salvo of controversy, christian leaders cry blasphemy, as performance artist Mike Parr is buried beneath Hobart’s main road for three days without food, with government approval and support.
During his internment he sketched, mediated and read Robert Hughes Fatal Shore. Australia’s southernmost capital is a place like no other during DarkMofo, the week long visual arts program is strong and different, the music and food second to none. Is the festival radical and provacitive? sure it is, this unique festival really put an emerging Tasmania on the international arts and culture map. Local and State government’s support of $2.1 million is testament to the value that is placed on culture and the arts in the State.
This festival that we call our own, is in its sixth successful year. The curators of Mona and DarkMofo have carefully perfected the dark art of provercation and controversy to show the best art the world has to offer and to showcase it in sub antarctic conditions in Australia’s Southern most capital.
How to describe the Winter-Fest that is DarkMofo? the Event is best summed up by the late musician Lou Reed,
‘Days are for filling in spaces between nights and nights are for travelling to another world and fall through time’.
Mike Briggs – DarkMofo June 2018