Stealth, the void, censorship - a series of lectures at Dark Mofo is attempting to answer the big questions.
To kick off the 2017 festival, the free lectures will bring together Tasmanian experts from a range of different fields to discuss politics, science and art.
Speakers participating in the On Silence lecture series will include Saul Eslake, Richard Condie, Greg Barns and Mike Parr.
Curator of the series and Tasmanian College of the Arts lecturer Toby Juliff said the interconnected talks were designed to invite experts to share their views and opinions with the wider community.
“We’re going to try and really engage with people by really looking at some of the more positive aspects of these conversations to try and engage, but we’re also not afraid to ask the difficult questions,” Dr Juliff said.
“We’re quite interested in looking at social issues that relate to economics, the state of social housing, but we’re also interested in some of the more speculative, more philosophical ideas.
“We really wanted to have as broad of a base as possible, all too often these academic conversations go on behind closed doors … the aim here today is to talk to audiences and to communities.”
Dark Mofo executive director Kate Gould said the 2017 festival was about 40 per cent larger than it was last year.
“People have just got into the Dark Mofo spirit, people are flying in from all over Australia,” Ms Gould said.
“Over half of our audiences who are purchasing tickets are from interstate and overseas.
“We’ve got some fantastic programs coming up, I think Welcome Stranger is a real highlight, we’ve got Ulver which is a big highlight, and [on Saturday] night we’ve got Mogwai.”
The more traditional Dark Park and Winter Feast events will once again be open to the public.
The free lectures will be presented at the Tasmanian College of the Arts in Hobart.
On the Void will be held on June 10 at 1pm with Chris Levine, Rainer Jozeps and Lucia McCallum.
We really wanted to have as broader base as possible, all too often these academic conversations go on behind closed doors.On Silence curator Toby Juliff
On Censorship will be held on June 16 at 1pm with Mike Parr, Sean Dockray and Greg Barns.
The lectures can be streamed live on the Tasmanian College of the Arts website.
Dark Mofo will continue at different venues across Hobart until June 21.