Sunday, May 22, 2016

What's happening with Dark Mofo?

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THE Derwent Valley Council has collaborated with Mona and Dark Mofo in partnership with Detached for the Asylum installation and Entry by Mirror Only performance by Mike Parr at Willow Court as part of this year's Dark Mofo Festival next month.

New Norfolk will come alive with local and international supporters of the arts. New Norfolk businesses are invited to participate with later opening hours to cater for the expected increase in the number of visitors over this period.

Thursday June 9–Monday June 13
Saturday June 18
Sunday June 19

Entry by Mirror Only by Mike Parr will be open to the public for 72 hours straight, starting at noon on June 9. The venue for Entry by Mirror only will be the former Alonnah House/A Ward, in which Mike Parr will be drawing for the duration, or as much as possible. The site will be open to visitors 24 hours a day during this time. The cost of admission to the site during the performance is a mirror, of any kind, to be left behind.

Mike Parr’s Asylum is a one-off installation at Willow Court, in which the Australian performance artist will create works in response to the site of an historic mental institution dating from 1827. Asylum will occupy different buildings including the Barracks (original convict hospital), Carlton House/C Ward (former male maximum security), Alonnah House/A Ward (former female maximum security), and the Occupational Therapy building, with video, sound, photos, objects and an interactive piece.

The exhibition and performance contain disturbing content and themes, and may not be suitable for children. Curated by Jarrod Rawlins, the project is presented by Mona and Dark Mofo in partnership with Detached and the Derwent Valley Council.
  • Entry by Mirror Only: From noon Thursday June 9 for 72 hours. Entry price is a mirror, which you will leave behind.
  • Asylum: Entry is free, register online. Open Thursday June 9 to Sunday June 12, 24 hours (by appointment after dark; register online). Monday June 13, 12-4pm, and Saturday 18-Sunday 19, 12-4pm.
Can I participate and how?
Yes, from Wednesday, June 8, to Sunday, June 19, everyone can join us in Painting The Town Red by theming your home or shop red. Face all the mirrors in your house out to the street - share mirrors for all to see – let the town reflect through you.

Local business owners can take advantage of visitors coming through the town.  Feel free to stay open later, create specials or do whatever you’d like to make your business intriguing. Let us know what you’re doing and we can ask to add you to the website of participants. Take a look at the Paint The Town Red flyer (above) and see what prizes you could win by participating.

Who do I talk to about participating?
You can use the contacts on the flyer, or for Council questions contact Jess on or ring 6261 8517 during business hours.

What can’t I do?
Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to share the best of New Norfolk and the Derwent Valley.