Pony Express


Dive into an experimental conversation about survival. Can humans adapt to the ocean, collaborate with marine life and create new, water-based organisational structures to weather the inevitable? And what has Celine Dion got to do with this?

Inspired by Théodore Géricault’s iconic French Romantic painting, depicting the real life tragedy of the naval frigate Méduse and the fate of its survivors as they battle for their lives on a raft, Raft of the Medusa is participatory performance about creating a new water-world order.

Part history tour undone, part how-to workshop, this subversive Port River cruise (on board ex-naval boat the Archie Badenoch) reflects Pony Express’ obsessions with global weirding and queer futurism. Raft of the Medusa reveals a speculative near-future Port Adelaide adapted to dramatic tidal shifts, increasingly severe weather patterns and a rapidly changing coastal ecology. All aboard!


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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Project Dates

22 – 25th November at 5pm and 7pm
On board the Archie Badenoch, starts at the Port Adelaide Lighthouse
Tickets on sale late August