Dark Mofo Unleash Full 2022 Program
Last month we were given our first glimpse of this year's Dark Mofo lineup. Today, festival organisers have released the heaving 2022 program in its entirety.
An expectedly weird and wonderous beast, this year's lineup brings together over 100 artists from 30 different counties, celebrating the re-emergence of the festival (and the cultural world at large) from the drudgery and isolation of rolling lockdowns.
“We are all experiencing a rebirth, of sorts," Creative Director Leigh Carmichael said. "The forced isolation gave rise to a re-evaluation of what matters, to new ideas, new dreams."
"We’re just grateful to be able to present a full festival program again.”
So here's the breakdown for you:
WEEK ONE (JUNE 8–15)
Cult favourites from Japan, Boris, will perform their signature noise stoner rock (marking 30 years of the band’s existence). American artist Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (formerly of OM) will perform his original score for Nia DaCosta’s adaptation of the horror classic Candyman. English indie muso Baxter Dury will underscore nocturnal London snapshots with his signature sardonic bleakness, and Grammy-nominated Kamilaroi artist The Kid LAROI will bring his chart-topping blend of pop and rap to the festival. ART Mona will host three new major exhibitions by artists Jeremy Shaw, Fiona Hall with AJ King, and Robert Andrew. The exhibition opening weekend will include an enormous winter celebration at the museum - 'Mona Up Late' - featuring music, fire and fun. Dark Mofo will present works by influential video and new media artist Bill Viola, as well as sculpturist and multi-channel video artist Doug Aitken (USA).
Sigur Rós vocalist Jónsi will also deliver a multi-channel immersive experience inspired by the recent eruption of the Fagradalsfjall volcano in Iceland. One of Australia’s most significant modern artists, Sir Sidney Nolan, will feature in the exhibition For the Term of His Natural Life at Detached Hobart, with works on crayon and paper addressing exile and oppression. Plus much, much more which you can read about on the Dark Mofo website.
WEEK TWO (JUNE 16–22) MUSIC This year Dark Mofo will present two unholy nights of deafening metal in the form of Sanctae Noctis (featuring Katatonia, Deafheaven, Lingua Ignota, Conjurer, King Yosef, Black Sheep Wall, Diploid, YLVA), and Hymns to the Dead (featuring Triumph of Death, Chthe'ilist, Krypts, Darkestrah). Double-billed American artists Chelsea Wolfe and Emma Ruth Rundle will grace us with an evening of stripped-down acoustic and heavy crushing doom, and Swiss metal band Triptykon will deliver an exclusive Australian performance. Also set to hit the stage in the festival's second week are post-punk icon Kim Gordon, renowned space rockers Spiritualized, and Ghanaian-American singer-songwriter Moses Sumney. Four micro-festival evenings of experimental and electronic music comprise the program of Borderlands at the Theatre Royal Studio and MAC2, curated by Lawrence English (Room40).
The full program can be found on the Dark Mofo website. ART A special industrial facility will be the venue for a live performance of the haunting score of TV series Chernobyl, performed by composer Hildur Guðnadóttir with Chris Watson and Sam Slater. All proceeds will be donated to Voices of Children, supporting assistance to Ukrainian children and families. ANGER, an exclusive performance celebrating Kenneth Anger’s life work in occult cinema, will also take place in week two. Brian Butler (USA) will present the Australian premiere of Kenneth Anger and Brian Butler's Technicolor Skull (2011), Australians Marcus Whale and Bree Van Reyk will score Anger’s Fireworks (1947), plus there’ll be a bonus screening of Anger’s masterwork Lucifer Rising (1974). TICKETS Subscriber priority access: 10am Monday 11 April 2022 General access: 12pm Monday 11 April 2022