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Dark Mofo, Mona’s winter festival, delves into centuries-old solstice rituals, exploring the links between ancient and contemporary mythology, humans and nature, religious and secular traditions, darkness and light, and birth, death and renewal.

Since its inception in 2013, the festival has grown to attract over 400,000 attendances and more than 80,000 tickets sold to events last year.

Dark Mofo returns this year with a new Prelude weekend from 7–10 June, featuring new major exhibition openings of ZERO at Mona (Museum of Old and New Art) and A Journey to Freedom at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG), an orchestral quartet at the Port Arthur Historic Site, plus the new weekend-long literature, film, and ideas event Dark and Dangerous Thoughts, a masked costume ball taking over an historic hotel, and art exhibitions across the city of Hobart.

Dark Mofo’s full force festival runs 13–24 June with Australian exclusive performances, much-loved events including the return of Ryoji Ikeda’s xenon searchlight work spectra, nude solstice swim, the two-weekend, seven night Winter Feast, our industrial art playground Dark Park with its ogoh-ogoh purging and burning, the multi-venue late-night party precinct Night Mass, plus large-scale light and sound works, and music ranging from doom and drone to chamber pop, ambient and noise, and a lot more.

Creative Director Leigh Carmichael said: “Dark Mofo is moving towards its sixth iteration, and we’ve pulled together our most expansive lineup yet, spread over three weekends and presenting more than 750 artists, 22 exhibitions, two opera companies, two theatre companies, one puppet theatre company, one orchestra, and a community choir.

“The festival will showcase a powerhouse of headliners; Laurie Anderson, St. Vincent, Alice Glass and Tanya Tagaq, who will lead the way on our usual mix of extreme, experimental and eclectic programming.

“It’s always difficult to know exactly how the festival will unfold for the audience. We just strive to try and find new ways to experience the darkness, and hope that people will continue to embrace it, and enjoy Hobart’s longest nights.”

To encourage the annual winter pilgrimage, Dark Mofo travel partner Spirit of Tasmania is offering a special Dark Mofo discount on select sails between Melbourne and Devonport, from $85* per person. See website for more details. After docking in Devonport, take the Dark Road to Hobart, our curated guide for traversing the island and extending the trip.

Dark Mofo is a project of Mona, supported by the State Government through Events Tasmania.

+ PRELUDE WEEKEND +
Thursday 7 June–Sunday 10 June

QUARTET FOR THE END OF TIME AT PORT ARTHUR
Olivier Messiaen’s haunting meditation on nature’s beauty, humankind’s ruin by war, and the ascension of the faithful to salvation with God—written and first performed in the Stalag VIII-A concentration camp during World War II. With Tamara-Anna Cislowska (piano) + Sue Collins (violin) + Sue-Ellen Paulsen (cello) + Andrew Seymour (clarinet).
+ Thursday 7 June, 6pm, Separate Prison, Port Arthur Historic Site, Arthur Highway, Port Arthur, Tasmania $29–$49 + booking fee

NANOOK OF THE NORTH TANYA TAGAQ* (CAN)
Journey to the Arctic Circle with celebrated Canadian Inuk performer, throat-singer, and Indigenous activist Tanya Tagaq and band, as they perform an explosive and elemental live score to a screening of Robert J. Flanerty’s silent chequered classic, Nanook of the North (1922), which documents the life of an Inuit family in the Arctic. *Australian exclusive.
+ Friday 8 June, 8pm, Odeon Theatre, Hobart, ticketing information to be announced

A JOURNEY TO FREEDOM AT TASMANIAN MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY
The story of human progress is one of emancipation—and incarceration. This new exhibition at TMAG gathers artists working with sculpture, installation, video, photography and virtual reality from Australia and around the world to break open ideas of imprisonment—from physical confinement in spaces like jails and detention centres, to the numerous bodily, psychological and social prisons we construct for ourselves and others. With Janet Biggs + Nicolas Daubanes + Mounir Fatmi + Shaun Gladwell + Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige + Ali Kazma + Rachel Labastie + Ricky Maynard + Robert Montgomery + Jean-Michel Panci + Jhafis Quintero + Sam Wallman, curated by Barbara Polla (Switzerland) with Olivier Varenne (Mona) and Mary Knights (TMAG).
+ Grand opening: Friday 8 June, 6–9pm,
+ Exhibition continues until Sunday 29 July, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart. See website for more.

ZERO AT MUSEUM OF OLD AND NEW ART
‘Zero is the beginning.’ Major artworks from the Zero movement, shown together in Australia for the first time. In 1958 some students in Düsseldorf started to make art that ran against the style and feeling of the moment. This was Germany, in the aftermath of World War II. The mood wasn’t light. But for these young people, it was time to break free from the anxious individualism that seemed to oppress the artists of the time. This major exhibition at Mona presents a series of chambers, each an immersive exploration of an important aspect of the Zero phenomenon: vibration. Includes works by Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, Günther Uecker, Marcel Duchamp, Yves Klein, Heinz Mack, Hans Arp, Yayoi Kusama, Josef Albers, and many more. Exhibition concept by Tijs Visser.
+ Grand opening: Saturday 9 June, 6–10pm, Museum of Old and New Art, 655 Main Rd Berriedale, Tasmania, free with registration www.mona.net.au/zero
+ Exhibition continues 9 June 2018–22 April 2019 (usual museum opening hours and entry prices apply).

DARK AND DANGEROUS THOUGHTS LITERATURE, FILM AND IDEAS
Talk is cheap. Opinions proliferate. Our speakers live (and sometimes, are prepared to die) by their words. A two-day symposium of literature, film, ideas, and conversations, with people sharing their lived experiences of the complex moral and ethical issues evoked by contemporary culture. Curated by Laura Kroetsch and presented by Mona and Dark Mofo, with select sessions presented by Guardian Australia and films curated by VICE.
+ Friday 8 June–Sunday 10 June, Odeon Theatre, Hobart. More to be announced late April.

SODA_JERK TERROR NULLIUS
A political revenge fable which offers an un-writing of Australian national mythology. This sample-based film from NYC-based art collective duo Soda_Jerk is part political satire, eco-horror and road movie, and has been pretty controversial of late. It’s a beautiful bloody mix of the historical and the speculative, art house and grindhouse.
+ Screening session times + location to be announced. Contains adult themes, sexual content and strong violence.

SOCIÉTÉ ANONYME MASKED COSTUME BALL AT HADLEY’S ORIENT HOTEL
Check in to the grand old Hadley’s Orient Hotel for a night of cloaked exhibitionism, anonymous art, light refreshments and ritualistic madness with a riot of strangers. Dress to excess and come as you aren’t: shrouded in anonymity, disguise and transformation.
+ Sunday 10 June, 8pm till late, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart, $99 + booking fee, (18+) Tickets by ballot >> enter

+ FIRST WEEK +
Wednesday 13 June–Sunday 17 June

ALL THE THINGS I LOST IN THE FLOOD LAURIE ANDERSON (USA)
‘And we suddenly see: we’re drowning in our own stories.’ Artist, musician, multimedia maven, filmmaker, writer, and New York maverick, Laurie Anderson celebrates language and stories through live music, video, spoken word and electronics.
+ Wednesday 13 June, 8pm (doors 7pm), Odeon Theatre, Hobart, $49–$99 + booking fee

RETRIBUTION TANYA TAGAQ* (CAN)
The exhilarating and multiple award-winning Tanya Tagaq—celebrated Inuk performer, throat singer and political punk—will unleash a fierce live performance of her 2016 album Retribution, backed by a full community choir, gathering specifically for this performance. *Australian exclusive.
+ Thursday 14 June, 8pm (doors 7pm), Odeon Theatre, Hobart, $29–$69 + booking fee

CHALKROOM* LAURIE ANDERSON (USA) + HSIN-CHIEN HUANG (TWN)
Fly through a shadowy city and navigate your way through a dark world of fractured stories and drawings, exploded clouds of language, and words that crumble into dust. A collaboration in virtual reality between pioneering artist and musician Laurie Anderson and new media artist Hsin-Chien Huang, awarded “Best VR Experience” at the 74th Venice Film Festival (2017). *Australian exclusive.
+ Thursday 14–Sunday 17 June,
+ Wednesday 20–Sunday 24 June, location, times and ticket information to be announced

LOU REED: DRONES*
Immerse in the sound bath created by the late Lou Reed’s guitars and amps, brought to us by Laurie Anderson and Reed’s friend and former guitar tech Stewart Hurwood. As 24 strings are activated by magnetic cones, they unleash cascading and colliding waves of feedback. Enter, sit, lay down, listen, meditate, cry, dance, chant, practice Tai Chi. *Australian exclusive.
+ Thursday 14–Sunday 17 June,
+ Wednesday 20–Sunday 24 June, location and times to be announced.

BANG BANG BAR
‘What year is this?’ It doesn’t matter, as long as there is a slice of cherry pie and some damn fine live music. Welcome to Dark Mofo’s Lynchian tribute venue, hosting intimate shows that would fit right in at the Twin Peaks Roadhouse.
+ Thursday 14–Saturday 16 June,
+ Wednesday 20–Saturday 23 June, Murray St, Hobart
FIRST WEEK ARTISTS:
MARLON WILLIAMS (NZL)
Make way for heartbreak, reverb and rollicking guitars from the Kiwi crooner who’s been described as the love child of Roy Orbison and Elvis.
+ Thursday 14 June, 6pm (doors 5pm), Bang Bang Bar, $39 + booking fee (18+)
BLIXA BARGELD*
From whispering, screaming and creaturely noise to scientific theory, poetry and philosophical games: Einstürzende Neubauten’s leading man is here to push the limits of music and sound with class, irony and ferocity. *Australian exclusive.
+ Friday 15 June, 7pm (doors 6pm), Bang Bang Bar, $39 + booking fee (18+)
BRUTAL MEASURES LYDIA LUNCH + WEASEL WALTER (USA)
The no-wave queen and legend of the New York underground will hurl spoken word anarchic philosophy with cryptic electronics from improvisational virtuoso Weasel Walter.
+ Saturday 16 June, 7pm (doors 6pm), Bang Bang Bar, $39 + booking fee (18+)
SECOND WEEK ARTISTS:
LAURA JEAN
Deep pop, dancing and the debut of Laura Jean’s latest album, Devotion: a new direction for the Melbourne artist formerly known for her folk music.
+ Wednesday 20 June, 7pm (doors 6pm), Bang Bang Bar, $39 + booking fee
TINY RUINS (NZL) + JESS RIBEIRO
The Kiwi psychedelic folk four-piece Tiny Ruins has collaborated with David Lynch, and tonight, will share the Bang Bang Bar stage with Jess Ribeiro and her hazy, brooding rock’n’roll.
+ Thursday 21 June, 7pm (doors 6pm), Bang Bang Bar, $39 + booking fee
NOBODY (WILLIS EARL BEAL)* (USA)
An unsettling and soulful collision of synths, blues and folk from the reclusive artist Nobody (Willis Earl Beal). *Australian exclusive.
+ Friday 22 June, 7pm (doors 6pm), Bang Bang Bar, $39 + booking fee
JARBOE (USA) + FATHER MURPHY* (ITA)
The American shape-shifter of experimental music, Jarboe (formerly of Swans, Neurosis), takes to the stage with Italy’s duo of occult psychedelia and Catholic guilt, Father Murphy. Both are *Australian exclusives.
+ Saturday 23 June, 7pm (doors 6pm), Bang Bang Bar, $39 + booking fee

CROSSROADS: ALEXANDER HACKE + DANIELLE DE PICCIOTTO*
This nomadic duo has been on the road for eight years, searching for an artistic haven much like Berlin in the 1980s. Now, they’ll present a silent film of their pilgrimage—across Europe, North America, Australia and Mexico—set to a dark, acoustic neofolk live score.
+ Thursday 14 June, 10pm (doors 9:30pm), Odeon Theatre, Hobart $19 + booking fee

ARCHIE ROACH + TIDDAS: DANCING WITH MY SPIRIT
Celebrated Australian Indigenous artists Archie Roach and Tiddas hit the road to perform songs from Archie’s lost album, Dancing With My Spirit—forgotten for more than 20 years and only recently unearthed. Deadly Award-winning folk trio Tiddas (Koori English for ‘sisters’) is reforming just for this tour.
+ Friday 15 June, 7pm, Odeon Theatre, Hobart, $29–$69 + booking fee

ST. VINCENT (USA)
The Grammy Award-winning songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and David Byrne collaborator returns to Australia with her poetic art-house chamber pop, performing songs from her fifth studio album Masseduction (2017).
+ Friday 15 June, 8pm (doors 7pm), MAC2, Hunter St, Hobart, $99 + booking fee

NIGHT MASS
Dark Mofo’s late-night party precinct surrounding and subsuming the Odeon Theatre. More than 100 artists performing across four venues above and below ground, connected by an inner-city laneway, a party carpark and a closed CBD street. Artworks, performances, cocktail lounges, clubs and liturgical raves, tucked away in a sprawling nocturnal neighbourhood. Worship the fullness of the night in our hidden city. Artists will be announced on the relevant day.
+ Friday 15 + Saturday 16 June, 10pm till late
+ Friday 22 + Saturday 23 June, 10pm till late, Corner of Murray and Liverpool Street, Hobart, $59 + booking fee (18+)

REBEKAH DEL RIO* (USA)
The dazzling chanteuse, songwriter and David Lynch collaborator (including appearances at the Bang Bang Bar in Twin Peaks, and at Club Silencio in Mulholland Drive) will take up residence at Dark Mofo’s Lynchian tribute Bang Bang Bar during Night Mass. *Australian exclusive.
+ Friday 15 + Saturday 16 June
+ Friday 22 + Saturday 23 June, Night Mass, Included in Night Mass ticket ($59 + booking fee, 18+)

LAMENT EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN*
A blistering requiem for the outbreak of World War I, written 100 years after its beginning, and will be performed live 100 years after its end. At last year’s Dark Mofo, Neubauten said they wanted to come back to perform this album, and so here they come, replete with gigantic instruments and industrial noise-generating devices. *Australian exclusive.
+ Saturday 16 June, 7pm (doors 6pm), Odeon Theatre, Hobart
+ Sunday 17 June, 7pm (doors 6pm), Odeon Theatre, Hobart, $49–$99 + booking fee

INVISIBLE HOUSE AT SALAMANCA ARTS CENTRE
The 40-year-old Salamanca Arts Centre (SAC) throws open its walls, halls, and spaces for a frenzied celebration of arcane knowledge, magic, science, and the occult.
+ Opening Thursday 14 June, 6–9pm
+ Continues Friday 15–Monday 25 June, times vary, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart
TohuVBohu BRENDAN WALLS
A chamber of sound and light, where public and private rituals build to an ecstatic twenty-four-hour live performance for strings, percussion and field recordings, by local experimental musicians.
BARRY WILLIAM HALE AND NOKO
In NOKO mode with Scott Barnes, Barry William Hale enters into a trance state through esoteric art, occult rituals, live music and hundreds of audio-visual artworks.
WILLIAM MORTENSEN (USA)*
Grotesque and visionary photographic creations from William Mortensen, the man Ansel Adams once called “the Antichrist”. *World exclusive, with thanks to NYC’s Stephen Romano Gallery.
SAK YANT WITH AJARN OHR (THA)
Ritualistic tattooing on subscribed members of the public, by Ajarn Ohr, a monk and master of traditional Thai sak yant (or ‘magic tattoo’), combining symbols of Buddhism, Animism and sacred geometry. See website to subscribe, $400 + booking fee, 18+
AMERICAN MAGUS HARRY SMITH (USA)
This retrospective ponders the pioneering film works of Harry Smith: American filmmaker, painter, folk music historian and occultist. An Australian premiere, presented by Dark Mofo and Salamanca Arts Centre.

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