During June, as part of Dark Mofo 2017, Salamanca Arts Centre will host a number of exciting new projects – including live music, installations and new text-based theatre.
“Salamanca Arts Centre is excited to once again collaborate with Dark Mofo, and we look forward to welcoming local, interstate and international audiences into the Arts Centre,” says SAC’s Acting CEO Joe Bugden. “In particular, SAC commends this year’s festival team for their ongoing commitment to recognising, valuing and presenting new Tasmanian work.”
The Long Gallery will house Outposts, curated by Brendan Walls, in which “lost signals and voices from the electro-magnetosphere seethe and mutter in the dark.”
Outposts will feature installations by artists Peter Blamey, Eden Meure, Sally McIntyre, Pip Stafford and Brendan Walls/Robert Ashley.
During the festival weekend evenings the Long Gallery will be taken over by The Last Bastion. This live performance, which is also curated by Brendan Walls, is described as a “sonic assault”. The line-up includes Matt Warren, Julia Drouhin, Dani Kirby, Edwina Stevens (Eves) and Jen Tait, SmashHits (Eden Meure, Bethany Sweatman and Tom Robb), Julius Schwing, Alf Jackson, Greg Kingston, Alethea Coombe, Michael Matherson Saunders, Lexie Lynch and Dangerous Game.
Meanwhile the Peacock Theatre will host the debut of two new theatre works by Tasmanian sound-based theatre collective, Radio Gothic, featuring Heath Brown, Briony Kidd, Carrie McLean, Alison Mann, Jason James, Katie Robertson, and Craig Irons. The collective has been supported by the Australia Council through Salamanca Arts Centre’s HyPe (Hybrid Performance) Program to develop new Episodes during 2017.
Presented by Dark Mofo from 7 – 11 June, Episode 2: The Hanniford Tapes, written by Carrie McLean, sees a psychiatrist obsessing over the murder committed by her client, as a woman’s voice consumes her mind.
In Episode 3: The Illustrated Girl, written by Alison Mann, a woman wakes up to find a sinister tattoo on her hand.
Presented as a double-bill, these stories are created by the collective using experimental live foley and sampling techniques to create a unique theatrical experience.
Dark Mofo presented the first Radio Gothic project, Episode 1: The Pit, to acclaim during last year’s festival.
Also in this year’s Dark Mofo, the Peacock Theatre will host the durational The Second Woman, a mesmerising 24-hour performance in which the artist invites one hundred men to star opposite her in a scene adapted from John Cassavetes’ American drama, Opening Night (1977).
During June Salamanca Arts Centre’s program will also include:
Products of Conception – Emma Magnusson-Reid’s solo exhibition in the Top Gallery
Windows to the Soul – Phillip England’s Tintype photography portrait exhibition in the Studio Gallery
Well, Hello! A site-specific installation by Sanja Pahoki in Kelly’s Garden
Top – Sally Ann McIntyre. Das Grosse Rauschen: The Metamorphosis of Radio (2016).
Bottom – Radio Gothic image by Oliver Berlin