The Aesthetic of Dark Mofo: Emotion, Darkness and the Tasmanian Gothic

Alicia Marchant, Penelope Edmonds

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The melancholic shadow that encases Tasmania during the long winter is the focus of Dark Mofo celebrations. Timed to mark the Winter Solstice, Dark Mofo entices people out into the night air, and for eleven consecutive nights in later June, a cold Hobart is illuminated. This year the dark was kept at bay by a spotlight streaming sky-wards (Pulse Column by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer), and another circling from a boat to light the River Derwent’s shoreline complete with foghorn sounding (Night Ship by Anthony McCall). Flames jump out of metal structures and signs, and fires in forty-four gallon drums are scattered around the Hobart docks.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputNewspaper Article
PublisherHistories of Emotion, Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jul 2015


  • Dark Mofo
  • celebrations
  • winter solstice
  • festivals
  • Mid-Winter Festival
  • darkness


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