Fernando do Campo
The Kookaburra Self-Relocation Project (WHOSLAUGHINGJACKASS)
Did you know that the laughing kookaburra was introduced to Tassie when Launceston was establishing a colonial zoo? The council exchanged the bird from mainland zoos for thylacine puppies. This was around the turn of the nineteenth century, when the bird was called a ‘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.