Further adventures in art…


Yes, I am sorry; I am being evasive and/or lazy in telling you about other people’s endeavours instead of posting my own. But I would be failing in my duty of care in neglecting to inform you of things that will make your lives richer, would I not?

And if you’d like a small shot of mr oCean writing, you can wander over to A Handful of Stones (and please browse further; I thoroughly enjoy that blogzine).

But once you’re done there, if you’re in Brisbane, I heartily suggest you get yourself along to check out Bettina Walsh’s exhibition, Dreamscapes.

You might know her from such fine endeavours as illustrating Zenobia Frost‘s heart-fluttering volume, The Voyage. If you do not yet know her, well, this is the perfect opportunity, no? You might also like to whet your appetite at her deviantART page, where her piece, “Of Dreams and Nightmares” had me exclaiming aloud.

And please be patient, dear reader. There are poems coming!


PhoneyIsland Returns!


While I’m wielding the promotions shoehorn, it’s time to mention one of my Berlin highlights for 2009, the PhoneyIsland Caberets in Neukölln.  Every show is a carnivalesque wonderland of music, words, dance, puppetry and above all, delights and wonders.  It returns for 2010 on the vernal equinox, 20 March.  Here be details:

I can also heartily recommend that you visit their electric MySpace page, because there are links to videos of some of the early shows, which still give me tingles of delight to revisit.

A word of caution: the show is justifiably massively popular, so arriving an hour after the advertised starting time – as is usual practice in Berlin – is ill-advised.

I hope to see you there, to share in the shiny.  Also, if you happen to be a performer – especially if you are one with somewhat “sideshow” tendencies – please get in touch via their website or via me, as they are always on the look-out for more acts.

Moving into Writing ↔ Writing into Moving


My friend and multi-talented super-hero, Liz Erber, is about to run a course integrating movement and writing, using each to inspire and explore the other.  Having seen her combine dance and poetry to magnificent effect, I can heartily endorse the course for any movers, writers and in-betweeners in Berlin.

Moving into Writing Writing into Moving

Facilitated by Liz Erber

K77 Studio

5-week series: March 1st – March 29th, Mon. 6-8 pm

6-week series: April 19th – May 24th, Mon. 6-8 pm

This course is designed for all levels.

No dance or writing experience necessary, simply the desire to move and to put pen to paper.

All languages and styles of writing welcome!

In these series we will create an intimate and safe space for body/movement exploration, writing and the intersection of the two. Sessions begin with a physical and/or writing warm-up, followed by a specific body exploration that serves as a jumping off point for our writing. From our writing we return to body/movement, and thereupon continue making our way between the two forms. We will work individually, in partners and sometimes share our work in unique group scores involving reading, movement and writing. Over the course of the two series we will explore a variety of ways of moving and engaging/activating our writing voice. Course structure will remain flexible so as to fit the needs and interests of the group.

This course is about freeing the body and the pen, leaving aside expectation, accessing the unexpected.

Movement investigations informed by: anatomy, imagery, developmental patterns, contact improvisation, and more.

Structures to be explored are great for developing: self-awareness, a unique voice, writing, performance work, choreography.

Cost: 5-week series: 40 Euro / 6-week series: 48 Euro

8 person limit, please register as soon as possible

To register contact Liz Erber

K77 Studio, Kastanienallee 77, 2nd Innenhof, 3rd floor/ Prenzlauer Berg

Bring warm, comfortable clothes to move in, your journal/paper, and, of course, your favorite pen(s).

Immer noch Schneeliebe


Those selected few of you
Who are not yet tired and grumpy
Of cold and snow,
Come to me, and we will be
The only happy people
In this city.

This is where “This is where it starts” starts*


All-round splendid chap and alleged mr oCean co-conspirator, Eric Eckhart, has a new electric album in the electric album factory as we speak (indeed, even as we sleep). The launch is coming soon to Berlin:

Eric Eckhart: This is where it starts

album launch

Friday night, March 12th 9pm

Cafe Hilde (corner of Prenzlauer Allee and Metzer Straße)

Eric will be performing a number of the songs from the new album, along with friends and guests.  The show will be all acoustic but expect some surprises.  There will also be video elements and I am anticipating abundant pleasantness!

There is no charge to get in and CDs will be for sale on the night.

Eric says Cafe Hilde “is very chilled out and has a great vibe about it”.  So gold from every angle!  Come along and bring a posse!

For those too far from the launch-pad, we offer this taste of what’s coming:

And of course, there is more to be found here, including a look at the magnificent ex-GDR studio in which the album was recorded.  And best of all, you can order the CD there as well: huzzah!

* of course, this is by no means really where it starts; I just like saying that 🙂

A Splendid Outing in Brisbane


I must briefly express my hearty recommendation of this event from the delightful and inspirational Ruby Fizz Society for Superior People: A Gentlemen’s Tea Party.  Marvellous performances, culinary delights and, rumour has it, parlour games to grant wings to your imagination.  Be sure to book early!