Silence falls on TCotA students during Dark Mofo

Silence will take centre stage as University of Tasmania Arts’ students take part in MONAs midwinter festival, Dark Mofo.

The Tasmanian College of the Arts (TCotA) is again participating in the award-winning festival with its Centre for the Arts campus in Hunter Street coming to life with Panopticon.

“Being supported to participate in one of Australia’s most esteemed cultural events is such an invaluable, professional learning opportunity for our students,” John Vella, TCotA Head of Art, said.

“Our Panopticon students (from first-year undergraduate to PhD) will experience ‘live’ project design, development and delivery.

“In 2016, over 40,000 people visited the Centre for the Arts over the 10 days of Dark Mofo; it’s a unique student experience.”

Panopticon will feature 25 individual installations by music, art and theatre students, each with external facing windows on the Centre’s Hunter Street building.

Each installation, or cell, will showcase a work created by current TCotA students interpreting the DARK MOFO 2017 theme, Silence.

A ‘live’ body must be part of each exhibit at all times during opening hours.

Panopticon will be ‘live’ from 5-10pm from June 9-11; 15-18 2017.

The Centre for the Arts will also host a series of talks, On Silence, at the Dechaineux Theatre.

2017’s festival theme will be seen through the lens of politics, science and art.

Each session will be live streamed and presented by event partners Dark Mofo and ABC, with Breakfast Show presenter Ryk Goddard facilitating the talks.

On Silence talks include:

  • STEALTH (June 9 2017, 1pm). Speakers include Saul Eslake, Dr Alysia Bennett and the Right Reverend Dr Richard Condie.
  • VOID (June 10 2017, 1pm). Speakers include Chris Levine, Rainer Jozeps and Dr Lucia McCallum.
  • CENSORSHIP (June 16 2017, 1pm). Speakers include Mike Parr, Sean Dockray and Greg Barns.

For the first time, TCotA has created a new unit, Encountering the Event, which aligns with the festival and offers an experiential learning experience.

The fully online unit allows students to creatively immerse themselves in Dark Mofo, exploring its themes, concepts and artistic forms.

Source: UTAS

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