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Fernando do Campo: The Kookaburra Self-Relocation Project (WHOSLAUGHINGJACKASS)


Performances from: 17 January 2020 during Mona Foma

Location: Various sites throughout Launceston City


Did you know that the laughing kookaburra was introduced to Tassie when they were establishing a colonial zoo? Launceston City Council exchanged the bird from mainland zoos for thylacine puppies! This was around the turn of the nineteenth century when the bird’s name was ‘laughing jackass’. Nowadays, the laugh of the kookaburra is a patriotic, yet alien, element of our island’s soundtrack. Part protest, part laughing circle, Fernando and his group of performers will present a series of absurd interventions into public city spaces in dialogue with the kookaburra.
Presented by Contemporary Art Tasmania and Mona Foma.

This project assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and by a grant from Create NSW, an agency of the New South Wales Government. The NSW Artists’ Grant is administered by the National Association of the Visual Arts.