Petitioning Minister for the Arts Matthew Groom and 8 others

The obscene Hobart Dark MOFO using a dead bull, its entrails and blood is GOING AHEAD

All pleas to the decision makers by decent, caring people have fallen on deaf ears, most specifically the State Government - the arrogance of Premier Will Hodgman, and the Minister for the Arts Matthew Groom is simply astounding.

Austrian self proclaimed 'artist' Hermann Nitsch's obscene and bloody performance ritual 150th Action is set to go ahead at Dark MOFO, Dark Park, the festival’s large-scale public art playground at Macquarie Point. 

Known for his performances involving carcasses and blood, Nitsch had an exhibition cancelled in Mexico City in 2015 after an online petition against it attracted more than 5000 signatures. Nitcsh also has an extensive criminal record in his native Austria for where he was arrested and imprisoned numerous times for 'breaking Austrian indecency laws by masturbating and enacting violent sexual scenes in his performances'.

WHY THEN HAS HE NOT BEEN REFUSED A VISA TO ENTER AUSTRALIA ON CHARACTER GROUNDS? THIS IS A QUESTION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION AND BORDER PROTECTION.

This is the obscenity soon to be visited upon clean, green Hobart.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ARnB2hyP5I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sxv7z0ququM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWdTrk4W5Wo

These displays, of people immersing themselves in the carcasses of dead animals and covering themselves in blood are more than obscene, they are sociopathic. This is one step this side of bestiality.

Surely Hobart, and Tasmania, are better than this. Is this the sort of obscenity that we want our tourists to see? Do we not kill and abuse enough animals already? This bull is to be slaughtered specifically for this event. It is indefensible on every level and we urge our leaders to take a stand and ensure that the event does not go ahead. 

Tasmania Police also has the powers to prevent the event from going ahead under the Police Offences Act 1935.

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This petition will be delivered to:
  • Minister for the Arts
    Matthew Groom
  • Leigh Carmichael
    MOFO
  • Lord Mayor of Hobart
    Sue Hickey
  • Premier
    Premier Will Hodgman
  • Leader of the Opposition
    Rebecca White
  • Greens Leader
    Cassy O'Connor
  • Greens Animal Welfare Spokesperson
    Andrea Dawkins
  • Cruise Director
    P&O Cruises
  • Peter.Dutton@aph.gov.au
    Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton


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