All posts tagged: Dark Mofo

Illuminations (from Dark Mofo, Genesis and my Two-Year-Old Lad)

“Turn on dark, mummy, turn on dark!” Little Master van Ryn, 2, has been learning about light and dark. Lamps are switched on again, off again. On again, off again. He points out the sun in the day and the moon at night, and blowing candles out is a particular thrill (or maybe he’s just a pyro…). We (pretend to) blow the light out after we’ve tucked him into bed, and when I pull up his blinds in the morning, he asks, “Where the dark go?” Light and dark are so much more tangible to a two-year-old. But when I got hold of a program for the Museum of Old and New Art’s winter festival in Hobart (Dark Mofo, on until Sunday), it struck me that we never grow tired of the contrast between light and dark – our explorations just get more sophisticated. In his prelude to the festival, creative director Leigh Carmichael said Dark Mofo would, “celebrate links between ancient and contemporary mythology, humans and nature, religious and secular traditions, darkness and light, birth …