Curated again by Brian Ritchie of the Violent Femmes, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) will host Mofo, an avant-garde festival of music and art, from January 18 to 22. More than 200 artists, both local and international, will feature over the five days.
“Art-pop” is an understatement – but most words fail to describe the live Peaches experience. The Canadian electroclash singer and queer icon will perform the premiere of Peaches Christ Superstar, her one-woman take on the 1970s rock opera.
MONA’s outdoor stage will host the world exclusive premiere of tētēma, the latest project from Faith No More frontman Mike Patton and experimental composer Anthony Pateras.
Puscifer, the elaborate music and storytelling project from Tool and A Perfect Circle vocalist Maynard James Keenan, will perform its only Australian show, which will involve costumes and an on-stage wrestling ring.
Also on the bill: LA rising star Moses Sumney, German producer Pantha du Prince, mash-up pioneer DJ Z-Trip, Indigenous singer-songwriter Kev Carmody, and local electro-pop artist Rainbow Chan.
This year will feature a series of unlikely collaborations. Rock outfit Regurgitator will reinterpret a classic Velvet Underground album alongside a guest synth player and Chinese-zither (a traditional string instrument) player. A German theremin virtuoso will team up with Jim Moginie from Midnight Oil and a guest pianist.
Then there’s the art – which bleeds into the musical. Or is it the other way around? Australian artist Guy Ben-Ary has created a “wet analogue” synthesiser called cellF, made from his own body cells in MONA’s Organ Room. American artist Ruth West invites you to put on 3D virtual-reality goggles and trigger deep-ocean survey sounds. And M.E.S.S. (Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio) will bring over a collection of vintage synths you can play with, too.
Faux Mo, Mofo’s late-night art party, will also return. The full program will be announced in November.
Mofo 2017 runs from January 18–22 at MONA in Hobart. Tickets go on sale Monday October 17.