The awe-inspiring Dark MoFo festival in Tasmania is a vivid mash-up of Burning Man, Brothers Grimm, Heath Ledger b-movies and the Venice Art Biennale. For over a century, the Tasmin capital city of Hobart has been the port of departure for risky Antarctic expeditions. It is now transformed once a year into an edgy arts gathering, a communal sensing experience of nocturnal urban landscapes, brilliant deep red crucifixes, provocative art, local gin, grilled bits and deeper human questions - summarized in some journaling (scroll) - a rich, varied and beautiful life moment with our friends Erich and Dalton.
Hear this mesmerizing intergalactic, full-body Ryoji Ikeda installation here.
(Turned on only once a year for DarkMoFo)
It inspired me to write this:
Wayfinding with Strangers
First-timing it in Tassie for Dark MoFo
On this abbreviated Solstice Day
Antarctica looms on the horizon
We inhale iceberg-cleansed breezes
Around Hobart, art + sound beckon
Thru thick brick, beat-up buildings
Sagging warehouses glow hypnotically
Loaded up on bass and drum
I dust off my lost flow, my collegiate-bred fluidity
Intuitively roaming from installation to performance to pagan feast
And back again
We are all here together.
Yet somehow intimately connected.
Galvanized by a single shared curiosity - ISO the deeper experience
Seeking out brave creative acts down dimly lit red neon hallways
Armed with thick winter coats, nervous chatter and long flowing hair, we enter
Into black rooms bathed in Japanese hypno-soundtracks
Reconnecting with our younger, sentient selves
Our wide-eyed student past, re-seeking, re-visiting a visceral time
Witnessing the awe-inducing unfolding of the creative human spirit, we
Are immersed in an analog galaxy of sound, light, experience and possibility
We are present, optimistic, curious and alive.
- Dark MoFo 2019