Faux Mo 2016 (The Department of Non-Human Services)
Faux Mo 2016 (FM16) was the second instalment of this festival that I have been involved with. This time around, I curated and directed the visual environment, co-producing the site with Aedan Howlett. In the previous iteration we shared all of the visual roles, a learning experience which led to a more refined and clearly articulated role structure for the 2016 version. Faux Mo began as a small afterparty for the second MONA FOMA festival in 2010, progressing in scale and ambition to become a near rival to the main festival in subsequent years. Faux Mo was originally curated and produced by Supplefox (Hannah Fox & Tom Supple) and Duckpond, until a new team was approached by Brian Ritchie (Curator of MONA FOMA) in 2014. The new team consisted of Aedan Howlett and myself for the visual environment and James Walsh (Dameza) as musical curator. Our first production was in 2015 at the Odeon Theatre, Hobart, and surrounding environs. From the success of this first event, which in many ways was a trial run and a deep learning experience for the team, we were given an expanded degree of agency and control to produce the 2016 version, which included scouting for a suitable venue. Through chance, or happenstance, I discovered that the ex-government building at 12 Murray Street, Hobart, was vacant - and proceeded to make some enquiries which led to the securing of a spectacular site for FM16.