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Writing The River Rising - Riverland

Writing the River Rising is an interactive digital writing project by Alysha Herrmann, as a poetic response to rising waters in the Riverland

Digital Exhibitions

Event Details


Digital Exhibitions

Event Starts

Feb 15, 2024

Event Ends

Mar 16, 2024


Riverland, South Australia


Riverland, South Australia

Writing the River Rising is an artistic response to rising waters in the Riverland that affected so many South Australians in 2022/23 and continues to impact them to this day.

Writing the River Rising is an interactive digital writing project by Riverland and Mount Gambier artist Alysha Herrmann. Each day over the course of 31 days, local audiences in the Riverland can visit any one of the five project locations to reveal a new poem. Using their personal mobile device, people will engage with an augmented reality experience that will allow them to view and contribute to the work.

Over the course of the month, the poems and people’s responses will slowly create a unique web-based artwork that can be viewed from anywhere in the world. When the daily poems reach their end, the website text will slowly disintegrate to leave behind one final poem inspired by audience contributions and community response to Writing the River Rising.

Alysha will also be presenting an artist talk and reading from Writing the River Rising for Adelaide audiences as part of Adelaide Festival special event Floods of Fire: Our Voices, Our Dreams on Saturday March 16Floods of Fire: Our Voices, Our Dreams projects a collective voice, borne from a multiplicity of community responses to one of the most significant challenges we face today: climate change.

Writing the River Rising will be active at these five riverside locations from February 15 to March 16, 2024.

Writing the River Rising will be active at these five riverside locations: 
Renmark – Ral Ral Ave, near the Renmark Town Fountain
Loxton – Apex Park, Scenic Drive near the Historical Village
Berri – Marina Drive, east of the Marina along the track
Barmera – Dean Drive, near the jetty
Waikerie – Leonard Norman Drive, Waikerie Riverfront

The cumulative web-based artwork of Writing the River Rising will be viewable online from February 15 to March 25 2024 before it fades and recedes, just as the flood waters did.

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