Art goes the whole hog

Mercury (Hobart) - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES KITTO

IT AP­PEARS to be just an over­sized in­flat­able pig, but Ja­panese artist Sae­borg’s Slaugh­ter­house-15 could be Dark Mofo’s weird­est in­stal­la­tion yet.

Open­ing tonight at Melville St’s Avalon The­atre, the in­stal­la­tion sees per­form­ers dressed as piglets birthed out of a gi­ant blow-up mother pig be­fore be­ing killed by a farmer. They then turn into zom­bies and en­gage in a Ja­panese dance party.

“It is spec­tac­u­larly weird,” ad­mits Dark Mofo ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Lucy Forge, pictured with as­so­ciate cre­ative di­rec­tor Han­nah Fox, right.

IT looks like the set of a chil­dren’s TV show at first glance, but a Dark Mofo in­stal­la­tion by Ja­panese artist Sae­borg could prove one of the most con­fronting the fes­ti­val has shown.

Open­ing at 5pm tonight at Melville St’s Avalon The­atre, Slaugh­ter­house-15 will in­volve a lit­ter of per­form­ers dressed as hu­man-sized piglets birthed out of a gi­ant blow-up mother pig be­fore they frolic around a tech­ni­coloured farm­yard.

The free, all-ages show puts the gi­ant in­flat­able pig on cen­tre stage next to an in­flat­able gar­den show­ing blow-up slaugh­tered an­i­mals next to in­flat­able fae­ces.

Dark Mofo ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Lucy Forge said the in­stal­la­tion was one of the strangest things at this year’s fes­ti­val.

“The artist is deal­ing with gen­der pol­i­tics and the com­mod­i­fi­ca­tion of hu­man and an­i­mal bod­ies,” she said.

“Sae­borg’s re­ally in­ter­ested in an­i­mal hus­bandry and farm­ing and the im­pact that has on an­i­mals and hu­mans.

“It is spec­tac­u­larly weird, beau­ti­ful and strange and just seemed like a gor­geous ad­di­tion to the Dark Mofo pro­gram for those rea­sons.”

Five lo­cal Ho­bart per­form­ers will join a Ja­panese crew to per­form as the birthed piglets who fight one an­other for a taste at the mother pig’s teat.

The per­form­ers will then pre­tend to be slaugh­tered by a farmer be­fore they turn into zom­bies and en­gage in a Ja­panese-style dance party with the au­di­ence.

In pre­vi­ous years Dark Mofo has used real an­i­mals for sac­ri­fi­cial performanc­es but Dark Mofo as­so­ciate cre­ative di­rec­tor Han­nah Fox said or­gan­is­ers hadn’t de­lib­er­ately gone down a “safe” path by ex­hibit­ing with in­flat­able an­i­mals in 2019.

“In sim­i­lar ways, for some au­di­ences it may be a lit­tle bit con­fronting — it’s cer­tainly a bit more fun and joy­ful but I wouldn’t de­scribe it as more or less safe,” she said.

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