A very well-deserved honour


Shaun Tan was yesterday announced as the winner of the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. The summary from the jury is a beautiful description of his work. Not only is he one of the finest visual artists of our time; he is also a masterful storyteller (and a very nice gentleman as well). If you have somehow missed his work so far, please do yourself the massive favour of (at least) checking out The Arrival, The Red Tree, The Lost Thing, Tales from Outer Suburbia; he has also splendidly collaborated with John Marsden (The Rabbits) and Gary Crew (Memorial, The Viewer). There are wonders in all of them, but also a real sense of emotional connection. Inframe.tv also has a lovely short documentary on him, during the production of the Lost Thing film, here.

It fills the heart to see a fellow with such a fabulous talent and imagination (and skill!) rightly honoured (he also shared in an Academy Award this year, for the short film of The Lost Thing). Congratulations, Shaun Tan, and please keep it coming!

Stories from the corner of your eye


I’m delighted to announce the first performance for a new collaboration between lina paul and me. We met at The Sofa Salon last year, and seemed to both get a sense that we could cook something up; here’s what we have on the stove:

Stories from the corner of your eye

Gelegenheiten, Weserstrasse 50, 12045 Berlin Neukölln. (U-Bhf Rathaus Neukölln)

Friday, 18 March at 20:00.

the dreams of the insomniac, the echoes of voices in abandoned places, personal faultlines in reality… lina paul and mr oCean seek out the stories that flit unnoticed at the edge of our vision or dance in shadows, and with music, song, spoken word and odd noises, bring them out into the light to feed your curiosity.

lina paul’s minimalistic music and soundscapes are like spider-webs – delicate, yet disproportionately strong – and the songs and tales they catch are never ordinary. mr oCean’s words sketch views from old windows and distorted mirrors and his music is drawn to cold shorelines and broken buildings.

It’s been exciting to not only hear our words and music coming together in new ways, but also to have this extra push to get pieces finished, which had been lurking at the edge of my mind for too many years. And this is your chance to hear shining new pieces we’ve put together specifically for the show. We’re massively looking forward to the gig, and also to further developments!