Prepare for amazing food, film, music, public art, light and noise at Dark Mofo. Here are a few of the highlights from some of the Tasmanian artists in this year’s program that are worth checking out.
Over the past six months four Tasmanian artists have been working in collaboration with four Risdon Prison inmates. They have created a series of new video works, featuring a potato currency, virtual inmates, endurance performance by proxy and a horse named Salvatore. You can see the results of their collaboration in The Pink Palace presented by Constance ARI. At the Old Good Year Warehouse, on the corner of Argyle and Bathurst Streets, Hobart, 9 to 24 June 2018.
At Dark Park, the ever popular after-dark industrial art playground, check out Terrapin Puppet Theatre‘s The Spider and the Fly. This free puppet show of Mary Howitt’s creepy little fable of flattery, charm and hunger, has sound by Dylan Sheridan and is narrated by Rosie Grace. One for the whole family.
Island Shrine is a brooding video and sound installation is inspired by Tarenorerer (also known as Walyer, c. 1800–1831), a Tasmanian Aboriginal warrior woman and tyrelore (island wife) who fought white colonists in our island’s genocidal Black War. It was created by Keith Deverell with Fiona Hamilton in partnership with Aunty Netty Shaw and Uncle Rob Anders. At the Carnegie Gallery at the Maritime Museum of Tasmania from 14 to 24 June 2018.
James Newitt’s exhibition Delay at Contemporary Art Tasmania weaves together ambiguous characters, conscious landscapes, imaginary bodies and slippery realities to explore the fundamental yet conflicted human preoccupation with escape. The elements of the exhibition revolve around a film called I Go Further Under, which focuses on a specific island off the South coast of Tasmania, which reveals itself to be a space of entrapment. From 8 June to 15 July at Contemporary Art Tasmania, North Hobart.
- Dark Park, Dark Mofo / Lusy Productions, 2017. Image Courtesy Dark Mofo.
- The Pink Palace, 2018. Image courtesy of Constance ARI and Dark Mofo.
- Black Snake by Keith Deverell from Island Shrine. Image courtesy of Carnegie Gallery and Dark Mofo.
- I Go Further Under (film still)by James Newitt, 2018.