Mark Shorter’s performance Tino La Bamba: A Spaniard’s Journey to Lismore, a burlesque cross-country adventure on a handcrafted ‘mechanical steed’, began at the Red Rattler artist-run initiative in Marrickville, Sydney on 5 December 2009. For seven days Shorter traveled through rural NSW, through the towns of Wollomi, Singleton, Tamworth, Armidale, Glen Innes and Tenterfield, ending up at Lismore Regional Art Gallery on 18 December.
The purpose of the work was to reimagine Miguel de Cervante’s novel Don Quixote within the Australian landscape.
Now, four years later, Mark Shorter and Caraline Douglas from Artspace want to bring the journey into print form. They have initiated a Pozible Campaign to raise funds for the project and have almost $8000 pledged.
The publication would develop the relationship of Tino La Bamba to Don Quixote, Australian Identity and discourses of appropriation. It would include an edited version of the blog, an essay by Australian artist and writer Sean Lowry and Cervantes own prologue from the second part of Don Quixote published in 1615.
If the campaign is successful, Lismore Regional Art Gallery will launch the book early next year.
Take a look at his Pozible Campaign.