DARK MOFO, Hobart 2013.
Winter in Hobart can usually be summed up in a few words: Cold, Dark and Quiet. A typical winters day in Hobart usually means going to work in the cold and dark and going home in a similar cold darkness. Sometimes this rhythm is broken with a stop at one of the many local bars to thaw off the winter chills and shout at a sporting event on TV.
Though this year, it was no ordinary Hobartian winter. Thanks to the philanthropist David Walsh and his team at Hobart’s MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) the renown MONA FOMA (Festival Of Music and Art) -MOFO for short had returned from the summer to give locals and visitors a winter variant of the art, music and food festival. Focussed around themes of Satan worshipping Paganism, fire, light and general out there creativity this festival is a one of a kind experience. Running into festival and museum owner David Walsh one night at one of the festival after parties (coincidentally in an old city church, upgraded with a pentagram on the ceiling) he mentioned that “If you do something right, you should only do it once.” This ideology is clear in the running of the festival with every day, event and individual moment different to the last. Regardless of who your seeing or what your looking at, David and his team have left no stone unturned in making this festival one of the most unique, special and original festivals in Australia.
Being a photographer, I will let the pictures tell most of the story. Musicians include You Am I, The DC3, Super Wild Horses, Clagg, The Stickmen, The Drones, MONO, A Dead Forest Index, Angel Eyes and Barbarion. Art performances and installations by Ryoji Ikeda, Horror Mashup, Ivana Franke, Alfredo Jaar, Tim Bruniges, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Lawrence Weiner.
Photography and Words by Martin Nester