James Dodd

River Cycle

River Cycle is an experiment in invention and adaptation. James Dodd will graft a bicycle to the ubiquitous tinny, producing a cobbled together watercraft. This object, a working sculpture, will be the central facilitator and discussion point for a series of real and rhetorical journeys exploring speculative sustainable technology and everyday creativity.

Travelling the River Murray in 2018, River Cycle will invite conversation with communities along its voyage, exploring human-made political and weather patterns, and the possibilities of climate change adaptation – from the pragmatic to the barely, wildly imagined.

For Climate Century, River Cycle will conclude with an exhibition of the sculpture, a series of workshops with communities along the Port River, and the substantial documentation of collected materials, reference points and invention, along the way. Beyond the premiere exhibition the work can be presented in a range of river contexts, continuing to accumulate responses to the futures of our waterways.


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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

8 – 25 November
Waterside, Hart’s Mill and riverfront surrounds, Port Adelaide