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Dark Mofo Dropped The First Spooky Chapter Of Its 2019 Lineup

By Ioana Dragnef
2nd May 2019

Time to break out your cosiest sweater and moodiest playlist because Dark Mofo, MONA's darkness-embracing winter festival, is gearing up for another season of jet-black Hobart nights.

Since its inception in 2013, this beastly festival has garnered the attention of over 400,000 art fiends and just about anyone in Tassie looking for a good time.

This year, MONA’s winter festival returns for its seventh year with a spicy first chapter: an ideas symposium called Dark + Dangerous Thoughts, which invites us to consider perspectives outside our usual confirmation bubble on issues of identity politics. We’re talking race, gender, sex, class, adornment, and faith, so bring your thinking caps.

Influential speakers include Stan Grant, Yumi Stynes, Ginger Gorman, Julia Morrow, Nakkiah Lui, and Luke McGregor, alongside international guests Jennifer Boylan, Frederic Martel, Martie Haselton, Coleman Hughes and more.

Australian artist Mike Parr will also be returning on Friday 7 June with a lengthy, blindfolded performance in an undisclosed location. In case you’ve missed it, Parr was buried alive under a Hobart road for three days during last year’s Dark Mofo, so needless to say, it’ll be a tough act to follow.

There will also be exhibitions by Tasmanian Aboriginal artist Julie Gough, New Zealand artist Simon Denny, and Australian artist Paul Yore.

As part of the festival, MONA will also unveil a spooky new tunnel network, with exhibition chambers (their words, not ours) containing new installations by Ai Weiwei, Alfredo Jaar, Oliver Beer, and Chris Townend.

And if you think that's a packed schedule, get ready for the full Dark Mofo lineup announcement on Friday, 12 April—you can subscribe for updates here.

The Details

What: Dark + Dangerous Thoughts Symposium
When: Thursday 6 until Sunday 9 June 2019, from 9:30 am
Where: Odeon Theatre, In the Hanging Garden (Hobart CBD), and the Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania
For tickets and more info, click 

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Image credit: Dark Mofo

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