The Amazing Rolling Picture Show

Related to City Art
Installed from 2011 to 2012
Two bicycle-powered rickshaws drive down a brick-paved street. Each has a banner on its back reading "The Amazing Rolling Picture Show!"
Two bicycle-powered rickshaws drive down a brick-paved street. Another artwork made of dozens of birdcages is suspended overhead.
A small group of pedestrians gather around a film being projected on a portable movie screen in a laneway.

A curated series of video artworks were transported nightly to different laneways on specially created rickshaws.

Artist: Emma Pike, Sarah Langdon
Curator: Emma Pike, Amanda Sharrad, Justine Topfer
This artwork was temporary and is no longer at this location.

Artwork description

The Amazing Rolling Picture Show was a series of 13 unique video artworks, exhibited on selected evenings by projection screens mounted on 2 specially created rickshaws.

The custom-built, pedal-powered vehicles could be configured to display single or double-screen artworks. Each performance night the rickshaws were cycled to different locations where the screens and projectors were assembled to create intimate installation spaces in Sydney’s historic laneways.

After showing contrasting and unpredictable works, lighting up the laneways with engaging and inspiring reflections, the installations were dismantled and cycled away to be stored until the next performance.

Video works

The video works, which ranged from political to playful, whimsical and sentimental, were created by a wide range of artists including:

  • established Sydney-based performance and video artists Heath Franco, Liam Benson and Harriet Body
  • performance art collective Brown Council and activist art collective
  • Melbourne-based video artists Scott Morrison and Benjamin Ducroz, and animation artist Isobel Knowles
  • former Sydney artists based internationally, Imogen Heath and Sam Icklow.


The Amazing Rolling Picture Show was created by Sarah Langdon and Emma Pike.

The rickshaws were designed and assembled by Sarah Langdon of Stallion Bikes, a custom bicycle creator based in Redfern.

Emma Pike is an independent curator and was the founding co-director of Videokills, an international platform for video artists that originated in Berlin in 2008.

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