Hobart’s Dark Side: Dark Mofo

Since starting work in Melbourne a few months ago I have not had many opportunities to get out and take photos.  I’ve been travelling to Hobart every second weekend, but haven’t had the luxury of being able to fit in my camera.  The weekend just gone my camera was non-negotiable because the weekend just gone was Dark Mofo.

Dark Mofo is no short of amazing in my opinion for two main reasons;

1. Prior to the introduction of Dark Mofo there was literally nothing to do in Hobart in winter.  It was like being at the end of the earth, nights were long and cold, people stayed indoors and going out on a winter’s night was undoubtedly disappointing.  Dark Mofo has changed that, now Hobartians come out in the thousands happy to head down to the waterfront and experience a truly wonderful winter event, despite the arctic temperatures.

2. Like MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) and Mona Foma (Dark Mofo’s older summer sister festival), Dark Mofo confinues to raise the profile of Tasmania both interstate and internationally.  Cause let’s face it, Mona events are the shit.

My Friday night adventures included WinterFeast and Blacklist which I sensibly, but somewhat regrettable for security sake left my camera at home for.  The below shot is a photo I took at the gates of WinterFeast the following night.

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The Gates to WinterFeast

WinterFeast was again a delight for the senses, predominantly taste but most definitely sight and smell wise also.  The feast is held over four nights in the second week of the festival, over the weekend prior to the solstice. I went down with Damian and Kristy and we caught up with a number of friends for food and drink before heading to the night party by the name of Blacklist.  The festivities and curiosities continued there well into the night and to be quite honest, it’s probably best that there isn’t photographic evidence of our night.

Saturday afternoon/evening was spent exploring the other parts of Dark Mofo that were on offer.  Surprisingly our heads were quite alright and we headed down to the waterfront to check out Dark Park and the exhibits around the area.  The walk to the waterfront took us by arguably the most impressive installation being the Pulse Column which would send beams of light to the night-sky that were in sync with the heartbeat of the person controlling it.

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Dark Park down around Macquarie Point was next on our list of things to see.  On our way there we wandered through Angry Electrons, an exhibit whereby motion caused the 1000 light globes suspended above you to light up as you moved through the corridor.  It made for a great walk through to Dark Park.

People Under Angry Electrons

People Under Angry Electrons

Angry  Electrons

Angry Electrons

Hendrick’s Parlour of Curiosities was the first place to stop in Dark Park and I for one was more than willing to sample one of the Hot Cider Punches that were on offer – and boy did they have a punch!  Set up as a Speakeasy Bar, the atmosphere was mysterious and alluring.  Being a Saturday night it was quite busy and we unfortunately didn’t experience first hand the curiosities  inside the parlour, but it was a worthwhile adventure in any case.

Radiant Heat

Radiant Heat

With so much to see and do we decided to make the trip back on Sunday afternoon to experience Bass Bath and the Anthony McCall exhibition, both of which were really great to go and experience.

Solid Light Works

Solid Light Works

Damian at Solid Light Works

Damian at Solid Light Works

The entire Dark Mofo program went for two weeks and it would have been great to be able to be there for longer however I feel like I got a lot in during the weekend I was there.  Perhaps next year will need to a long winter weekend to make the absolute most of the event.

The Grand Chancellor

The Grand Chancellor

Pulse Column from the Waterfront

Pulse Column from the Waterfront

Pulse Column

Pulse Column

Pulse Column

Pulse Column

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One thought on “Hobart’s Dark Side: Dark Mofo

  1. Believe it or not some Hobart people don’t leave their warm couches and the blare of the TV and they miss out. And they miss out big time. Everyone everywhere mingling and milling around at Dark Mofo talks to others and the spirit is absolutely brilliant. That alone warms you up. But mostly it is the surprises that await you at every turn. You don’t know what to expect but you give everything a go because it is always sooooo interesting and unlike anything else you have experienced and mostly wonderful. Thanks for your photo expose and I hope it inspires your followers to book for next years program as soon as it comes out.

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