Doing a winter date with Dark Mofo always feels like crawling into another world – and, based on Tasmanian festival programs over the years, that’s the active goal. Apple Isle’s brooding, brooding music and arts event draws inspiration from its host and organizers, the Museum of Old and New Art, of course, resulting in a lineup filled with surrealism, the eerie, sublime and surprising. In a 2022 bill that includes everything from rainbows to Chernobyl score played live in an immersive industrial setting, this trend is naturally set to continue.
After announcing the first highlights of this year’s festival in March – and revealing that it will also take place over two weeks – Dark Mofo has dropped his full 2022 schedule. If a trip south between Wednesday June 8 and the Wednesday, June 22 was not already on your agenda, it should be now. In total, Dark Mofo 2022 will feature over 100 performers from 30 countries and cover everything from acclaimed local names on stage to a life-size dollhouse for attendees to walk around in, all to celebrate the theme of “ resurrection”.
First, the melodies. Kid LAROI, Japanese cult favorites Boris and English indie muso Baxter Dury will be doing their thing on the first weekend of the festival – the latter intriguingly described as “comedown disco”. Then, the following week, Chelsea Wolfe and Emma Ruth Rundle join the line-up, as does the return of Hymns to the Dead, Swiss metal band Triptykon doing an Australian-exclusive show, Perfume Genius, and experimental music micro-festival and electronic four-day Borderlands. Yes, there really is something here for everyone.
Two major musical highlights are springing from the realm of film and television: live performances of the scores of the great novella of 2021 candy man and HBO’s haunting miniseries of 2019 Chernobyl. With the first, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe will play the sounds that helped make the film so unnerving. On the second floor, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Emmy winner (also Oscar winner for her Joker score) will team up with Chris Watson and Sam Slater, and all proceeds from the show will be donated to Voices of Children to help Ukrainian children and families.
All of the above joins previously announced Kim Gordon releasing songs from her 2019 solo release. No home recordingas well as Berlin composer and producer Nils Frahm playing Music for Hobart. And, Spiritualized, Deafheaven and the American multi-instrumentalist Lingua Ignota are also already on the program.
Your ears are well taken care of, but Dark Mofo’s visual range is just as impressive. Engaging art lovers will want to check out Japanese Australian artist Hiromi Tango Rainbow Dream: Rainbow Moon, which will feature a healing color palette to put viewers in a cheerful mood. Sabio’s, based in Hobart, is also not to be missed. Holy Mother of God: Emergency Dollhousewhich will use projection mapping, sculpting and animation to transform a three-story building into a carnival-style journey through the subconscious.
Jónsi de Sigur Rós is also on the bill, thanks to an immersive multi-channel experience inspired by the recent eruption of the Icelandic volcano Fagradalsfjall. And so it is Angera performance devoted to the life and work of Kenneth Anger in occult cinema.
And, as revealed last month, there will be pieces by new multimedia video artist Bill Viola and multi-channel video artist Doug Aitken – as well as exhibits focusing on Jeremy Shaw, Fiona Hall and AJ King, and Robert Andrew, who will all be launched at a Mona Up Late party filled with music, fire and art.
Throw in a bunch of Dark Mofo’s signature festivities – such as the return of The Blue Rose Ball and his costumed debauchery, the Nude Solstice Swim (because it wouldn’t be Dark Mofo without him), the City of Hobart Winter Feast on the waterfront of sea , Evening Mass: Transcendence in the In The Hanging Garden area and the Reclamation Walk – and yes, it’s a huge program.
Also appearing again is Memorialalso, which sees people providing the ashes of their loved ones to place in a homemade firework display which then explodes for all to watch.
Dark Mofo will take place from Wednesday June 8 to Wednesday June 22 in Hobart, Tasmania. For more information or to buy tickets – with subscriber tix on sale at 10am on Monday April 11 and general tix at 12pm on Monday April 11 – go to the festival website.
Main images: Winter Feast, Dark Mofo 2021. Dark Mofo/Jesse Hunniford, 2021. // 3.2, 404.zero, Dark Downtown, Dark Mofo 2021. Dark Mofo/Remi Chauvin, 2021 // Courtesy: Dark Mofo, Hobart, Tasmania , Australia.
Posted on April 08, 2022 by