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
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 Reinterprets The Velvet Underground & Nico debut album
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).
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.
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.
- Sign up to the mailing list for updates
- Facebook: @monafoma / @monamuseum
- Twitter: @monafoma / @monamuseum
- Instagram: @monafoma / @monamuseum
- #mofo2017 #discovertasmania
Mofo is a project of Mona, supported by the Tasmanian Government through Events Tasmania.
Pictured at top: Hobart art-punk outfit All the Weathers