The river flows from source to sea, a passing of time, a freedom of movement.
Yet even the river is not safe from ownership, boundaries and private exclusivities.
As part of her year-long residency on the River Cam, Caroline Wright has created a new durational performance following the flow of the Cam and the different ways in which we travel along and next to it. Once a significant trade route, still crossing the city of Cambridge and connecting the communities along its path, FLOW takes the idea of the river as a moving entity.
Working with local people, the piece marks the rivers path with a line of performers along its route through the city, transcending the boundaries and barriers found along the river pathways. FLOW travels along the river's pathway through human exchange. From foot to punt to bike to boat, a token of the river is transferred from one end to another, carried by the tide of human hands rather than the water itself.
FLOW is created as part of the 'To The River' residency, supported by Cambridge City Council.
We are seeking Cambridge-based volunteers to take part on the day.
FLOW celebrates the many ways the river is used, and tracks the public river and riverside route from Fen Ditton to Trumpington. A group of several people will transport a precious pebble upstream by many modes of transport on and alongside the river. Once the destination is reached, the object will be replaced into the river once again, to retrace its journey downstream.
We are looking for several people to take part in the piece, carrying the precious object along a stretch of the route. This can be done by a variety of modes of transport including cycling, running, walking, swimming, boating, canoeing, rowing, punting, fishing, buggy walking, on mobility scooters, wheelchair users, and so on.
If you are interested in taking part in FLOW please email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘FLOW’ in the subject line, indicating which mode(s) of transport you would be able to contribute. Please let us know where you are based and if you have any connection with Cambridge and/or the river Cam.
We promise it will be fun, your expenses will be covered, and there will be with plenty of refreshments along the way!