Old Things and New at MOFO 2016
October 19th 2015
The line up for Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art’s summer festival has arrived, and ticket sales are now live.
The bill includes more than 300 artists, and a vibrant and varied gamut of music and arts events both on museum grounds and throughout Hobart. Aside from witnessing The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne travel across a crowd of people inside a giant plastic ball through a blizzard of confetti – there is plenty of weird, wild and wonderful to take in across the festival’s five days.
Curated by Violent Femmes bassist Brian Ritchie, the festival is a sprawling artistic panorama of old and new, and serves as another great excuse to visit MONA, and Tasmania, and probably a pretty excellent way to herald the start of 2016. Headlining the festival is The Flaming Lips, but your three-day festival pass also includes performances from Japanese hip-hop DJ, DJ Krush, award wining poet-turned-rapper Kate Tempest, and some kind of collaborative sound spectacle from Sweden’s Fire!.
The 2016 edition of MOFO appears to have a particular penchant for percussion with performances by Australian born, France based percussionist Will Gutherie, and UK based percussionist Evelyn Glennie. Antonio Sanchez will also perform his original drums-only score to a screening of Academy Award-winning film Birdman.
The museum itself will only be open to festival ticket holders – who will be able to experience Gilbert and George: The Art Exhibition, a retrospective of over 100 works by the acclaimed artistic odd couple from London’s East End. Also on show is French artist Mathieu Briand’s attempt at creating an artist’s utopia, Et In Libertalia Ego, Vol. II, and a posthumous retrospective of Katthy Cavaliere’s work.
Outside museum walls is Kate Miller-Heidke and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra performing at Hobart’s Odeon Theatre, as well as an adventurous eight-piece ensemble from Belgium called HERMESensemble playing a reimagining of the score to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1927 film The Lodger. Faux Mo appears to be a kind of pop up performance art space at Brooke Street Pier, while Bruny Island is probably the most idyllic setting for EDGE2: Isthmus – a collaborative piece involving visual art, music and geomorphology.