Mona: The Mofo 2017 Summer Lineup

A cacophonous contingent of world premiere commissions and unexpected collaborations are in store for Mona’s January festival, Mofo 2017 – with more than 200 artists from a dozen countries featuring in yet another blissfully strange artist lineup performing the wild & wonderful from 18-22 January, 2017.

Once again the festival is curated by Brian Ritchie of The Violent Femmes with tētēma (AU/USA), Puscifer (USA), and Peaches (CAN) – Peaches Christ Superstar as the main highlights. Moses Sumney (USA), Pantha du Prince (DEU), Circuit des Yeux (USA), DJ Z-Trip (USA), Rainbow Chan, Kev Carmody, Mdou Moctar (NER), Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith (USA), Foundation IHOS Amsterdam (AU/NLD), and a swag of others will offer up some magical live performances and toe curling experiential stuff for the usual masses of punters cloaked in a thick tuft of 100% organic no-one knows me here. Things are going to get loose in Hobart. Again.

“Mofo…challenges artists to collaborate and extend their practice, by using experimental instruments and techniques, or extending their skills in multi-disciplinary ways. Many of our artists this year are presented in ‘artist-in-residence’ mode, reacting spontaneously and multifariously to the challenge and potential of the site. Artists and punters alike can interact and create within the context of several of our art, science and music installations. We’re looking forward to some weird and wonderful results.” – Mofo Curator Brian Ritchie

Peaches Christ Superstar Photo credit: Holger Talinski, picture courtesy of the artist and Mofo 2017.

Here are The Garb Wire’s picks of the program:

Peaches Christ Superstar

Mofo 2017 starts in the city of Hobart with the exclusive Australian premiere of Peaches Christ Superstar, starring multi-faceted recording artist (and legend) Peaches (CAN) performing the 1970’s Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice rock opera as a one-woman show  with piano accompaniment by Mathias Halvorsen, at the Theatre Royal (Thursday 19 January 8pm).

“He gives large parties, and I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Weekend at Walshy’s

Mofo slinks over to Mona for a wild Weekend at Walshy’s (Friday 20 January – Sunday 22 January), as music and art occupy the largest private museum in the Southern Hemisphere, aka ‘subversive adult Disneyland’ inside and out; from the Main Stage on the Lawns to the tomblike sandstone Void – 17 metres underground – to the Nolan Gallery with its enormous Snake, the winery’s deliciously dank Barrel Room, and the museum’s elevators, cupboards, carparks and more.

Regurgitator announced for Mofo 2017, but not as you know them. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Regurgitator Reinterprets The Velvet Underground & Nico debut album

Aussie rock band Regurgitator will re-interpret the classic Velvet Underground & Nico debut album with Seja on synth and Mindy Meng Wang on Chinese zither ‘Guzheng’ (Sunday 22 January 2017).

On the Origin of Art

Mona’s new major exhibition On the Origin of Art (5 November 2016 – 17 April 2017) continues throughout Mofo – four world-renowned scientists and evolutionary theorists (Brian Boyd, Mark Changizi, Geoffrey Miller and Steven Pinker) join the Mona team to explore the universal human drivers behind why we make art.

The world premiere of tētēma

World premiere of tētēma (AU/USA), the latest project from renowned experimental composer Anthony Pateras with Faith No More frontman Mike Patton in his only Australian show, as well as Puscifer (USA), the elaborate musical and storytelling project from Tool and A Perfect Circle vocalist Maynard James Keenan, complete with costumes and a wrestling ring on stage.

All the Weathers

Hobart art-punk outfit All the Weathers dish out their post-punk pop-party music on the Turrell Stage at Mona. Pictured at top. So good. You must go! (Sunday 22 January, 2017).

Faux Mo

Mofo’s late night art-party moves on this summer – 12 Murray St has been refurbed into a temporary museum in Hobart’s CBD with visual and sculptural art installations, music, and more. (Friday 20 – Sunday 22, 18+).

A Little Fomo

For the first time, a space dedicated to kids will open during daylight hours. Families are invited to experience the Faux Mo venue’s artistic installations too. Free entry, registration required (Friday 20 January, 2017).

The Source Electric Vinyl Sessions

Designed for those who expect the finest of indulgences The Source Electric Vinyl Sessions entices with a delectable artistic dining experience in Mona’s lofty restaurant, with colourful locavore food along with Dionysian doses of Moorilla and Moo Brew, and later cutting loose to vinyl between main stage sets.

Mofo, an avant-garde festival of music and art takes place around Hobart, Tasmania, and at the Museum of Old and New Art and Hobart, Tasmania, from 18 – 22 January 2017. Tickets are on sale now.

The Flaming Lips performance for Mofo 2016. Photo credit: MONA/Remi Chauvin. Image courtesy Mona, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Need to know:

  • Click here to see the full lineup. Tickets available here.
  • There is a ‘Locals discount’ on tickets for Tasmanian residents courtesy of Mofo 2017 and Salamanca Fresh.
  • Book your return trips Hobart-Mona on the MR-1 Fast Ferry in advance. Late night ticket scurrying is for novices.
  • The museum site will be open only to Three-Day Mofo Pass holders on Mofo weekend.

Get social:

Mofo is a project of Mona, supported by the Tasmanian Government through Events Tasmania.

Pictured at top: Hobart art-punk outfit All the Weathers


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