[Tasmania] lit up Hobart’s night sky as part of the inaugural winter festival. Photo: Ben McKay
While the 2014 program is yet to be announced in detail, MONA says it will again include a nude solstice swim and winter feast, this time in the two cities, as well as large-scale public art, music and performance.
The inaugural festival included Japanese electronic artist Ryoji Ikeda’s $520,000 installation Spectra [Tasmania], 49 columns of light projected into the sky from the city’s cenotaph, and German artist Kurt Henschlager’s installation Zee, a battery of strobe lights and fog that floored some patrons (this writer included).
The large-scale public artwork at this year’s festival is expected to cost $750,000.
Dark Mofo also hosted the premiere of Vandmonian Lags, a musical history based on research into and letters by Tasmania’s convicts, performed by musicians including Mick Thomas and Tim Rogers.
It is the winter offshoot of the museum’s popular annual summer festival MONA FOMA, which begin in 2008.
Dark Mofo will be staged in Hobart from June 12-22 and Launceston from June 20-July 5.