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Artwork: Lucy Bleach, Superslow, 2015. Image courtesy of the artist

Tomorrow, Thursday June 14th ‘The Return’ will open at the Hobart Convict Penitentiary at 5pm on the corner of Brisbane and Campbell Streets.

The exhibition, presented by independent curator Stevie S. Han, is part of the Dark Mofo annual winter festival and is set to explore the festival themes of ‘time’ and ‘incarceration’.

The multi-disciplinary exhibition posits that time travel is not only possible, but that it occurs in our day-to-day lives.

One of the local artists featured in ‘The Return’, Lucy Bleach has been working on her piece phase transition for the last three months, building two monolithic ice blocks.

Responding to the heritage clock tower at Hobart Convict Penitentiary, Bleach’s ice works weighing just under 3 tonne each, shows the striations of her built layers while microphones embedded in the ice will enable visitors to hear the intimate crackle of ice melting. The pulsing light in phase transition however is a visual representation of the live tick from the iconic clock tower on site: one block will pulse the start of the tick, and the other block will pulse the end of the tick expressing the lag in time. Similarly, visitors will experience this stretch in time as they are able to hear the ice blocks at the beginning of the exhibition but will only experience the physical light and ice works at the end of the exhibition.

Visitors to the exhibition will be led through the historic convict site from 5pm – 10pm throughout the festival with exact days and times available listed on the National Trust website at http://www.nationaltrust.org.au/tas and on the Dark Mofo site at https://darkmofo.net.au/program/the-return/. The exhibition is free of charge.