A recent petition against a sacrificial ritual performance by Hermann Nitsch is just the latest in a long list of times the event has caused offence.
Back in 2013, its now famous nude solstice swim almost never happened when it was deemed contrary to public decency laws by Tasmania Police.
It then travelled to Launceston where alderman Annette Waddle said it was suggestive and offensive to women.
In 2015, multimedia artist Leon Ewing — who took part in Dark Mofo's Hothouse project — courted controversy after suggesting high school students should use drugs to enhance creativity.
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Steward Steve Baines said this year's competition had seen a record 121 entries including tropical fish, Siamese fighting fish and crowd favourites, Nemo and Dory.
Dubbed a "subversive adult Disneyland", David Walsh's private art collection boasts a series of walls lined with carved vulvae and the infamous stinky poo machine.
And one of the most controversial exhibits is also one of the smallest — an untitled work by Jannis Kounellis featuring live goldfish.
It was eventually allowed to go ahead in a different location.
Photo: Patricia Piccinini's Skywhale was brought to Tasmania for the first Dark Mofo in 2013.